The great Baroque composers

 

Haydn or Couperin? Corelli or Cimarosa? It is difficult for inquiring minds to tackle such abundant fields as classical music and opera, covering 10 centuries of history: there are thousands of composers. Making a selection of musicians, such as a “top 10” for example, is a difficult and subjective exercise. A musical selection is often the expression of personal preferences or artistic opinions, very interesting but also very different according to critics or musicologists, or simply influenced by the context: will an English composer not be instinctively privileged by an English critic?

For example: in France, Charles Gounod, a 19th century French composer, is more easily mentioned than the Norwegian Edvard Grieg, who is more recognized in the world.

Timeline of classical music composers, between 1600 and 1750 (baroque era)

Whoever wants to discover classical music or opera does not always have an experienced music lover, an expert or an educator at his or her side to support and guide him or her in these fields. So : Haydn (Austrian composer) or Couperin (French Baroque composer, organist and harpsichordist) ? Gabrieli (Italian composer) or Scarlatti (Italian composer) ? However, the knowledge available about musicians is enormous. It was processed to select the 10, 25, 50... most popular composers around the world, for those living or having lived between 1600 and 1750 (baroque era). And this objectively, and for the first time (soClassiQ exclusivity).

Composers rendered as a timeline to bring a little perspective:

ComposersConductorsLyrical singersPerformers2020

This timeline is interactive to navigate through the ages , or eras : medieval music, renaissance, baroque music (Bach...), classical period (Mozart...), romantic music (Beethoven...), XXth (Stravinsky), or across continents (with ).

Top 10 classical musiccomposers for the years 1600-1750

Who are these greatest composers, the most famous over the 1600-1750 era? The works of these musician have shaped the history of classical music and lyric art. There are those you probably know, or at least by name and the others.

Here are these 10 classical music composers, renowned artists from around the world:


Curious to know their most emblematic works? Just a click away to discover them.

The selections of musicians (classical music composers) proposed by soClassiQ are based exclusively on algorithms. The same applies to their works, the performers, the lyrical singers, les orchestras, the conductors and the venues : opera houses, concert halls or festivals.

What about the others? 25, 50 or more?

Summarizing to 10 musician names such a wide and diverse field may seem extreme or too simplistic for those who know classical music and lyrical art well, for those who can easily name 50 or more classical music composers. Tartini, Schütz, Bach, Gesualdo, Bach, Gluck, Vivaldi...

At this time, soClassiQ has listed more than 18000 composers. So here is a selection of some composers for the baroque era, widely recognized around the world:

B

Johann Ambrosius BachThe great Baroque composers
1645-1695 (Baroque)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Johann Christoph Friedrich <strong>Bach</strong> Johann Christoph Friedrich BachThe great Baroque composers
1732-1795 (Classical)
Performer & Composer

Wilhelm Friedemann <strong>Bach</strong> Wilhelm Friedemann BachThe great Baroque composers
1710-1784 (Classical)
Performer & Composer

Johann Christian <strong>Bach</strong> Johann Christian BachThe great Baroque composers
1735-1782 (Classical)
Performer & Composer

Carl Philipp Emanuel <strong>Bach</strong> Carl Philipp Emanuel BachThe great Baroque composers
1714-1788 (Classical)
Performer & Composer

Johann Sebastian <strong>Bach</strong> Johann Sebastian BachThe great Baroque composers
1685-1750 (Baroque)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Claude BalbastreThe great Baroque composers
1724-1799 (Classical)
Performer & Composer

Adriano <strong>Banchieri</strong> Adriano BanchieriThe great Baroque composers
1568-1634 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Giovanni Battista <strong>Bassani</strong> Giovanni Battista BassaniThe great Baroque composers
1650-1716 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Duchess Maria Antonia of <strong>Bavaria</strong> Duchess Maria Antonia of BavariaThe great Baroque composers
1724-1780 (Classical)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Jiří Antonín <strong>Benda</strong> Jiří Antonín BendaThe great Baroque composers
1722-1795 (Classical)
Performer & Composer

Franz <strong>Benda</strong> Franz BendaThe great Baroque composers
1709-1786 (Classical)
Performer & Composer

Heinrich <strong>Biber</strong> Heinrich BiberThe great Baroque composers
1644-1704 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Michel <strong>Blavet</strong> Michel BlavetThe great Baroque composers
1700-1768 (Baroque)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

John <strong>Blow</strong> John BlowThe great Baroque composers
1649-1708 (Baroque)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Luigi <strong>Boccherini</strong> Luigi BoccheriniThe great Baroque composers
1743-1805 (Classical)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Complete works

Georg <strong>Böhm</strong> Georg BöhmThe great Baroque composers
1661-1733 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Giovanni Battista <strong>Bononcini</strong> Giovanni Battista BononciniThe great Baroque composers
1670-1747 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

William <strong>Boyce</strong> William BoyceThe great Baroque composers
1711-1779 (Classical)
Composer

Riccardo BroschiThe great Baroque composers
1698-1756 (Baroque)
Composer

Nicolaus <strong>Bruhns</strong> Nicolaus BruhnsThe great Baroque composers
1665-1697 (Baroque)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

John <strong>Bull</strong> John BullThe great Baroque composers
1562-1628 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Dietrich <strong>Buxtehude</strong> Dietrich BuxtehudeThe great Baroque composers
1637-1707 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

William <strong>Byrd</strong> William ByrdThe great Baroque composers
1543-1623 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Complete works


C

Juan Bautista CabanillesThe great Baroque composers
1644-1712 (Baroque)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Francesca <strong>Caccini</strong> Francesca CacciniThe great Baroque composers
1587-1640 (Baroque)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Giulio <strong>Caccini</strong> Giulio CacciniThe great Baroque composers
1551-1618 (Renaissance)
Lyrical singer & Composer

Antonio <strong>Caldara</strong> Antonio CaldaraThe great Baroque composers
1670-1736 (Baroque)
Composer

Robert CambertThe great Baroque composers
1628-1677 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

André <strong>Campra</strong> André CampraThe great Baroque composers
1660-1744 (Baroque)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Christian CannabichThe great Baroque composers
1731-1798 (Classical)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Giacomo <strong>Carissimi</strong> Giacomo CarissimiThe great Baroque composers
1605-1674 (Baroque)
Composer

Francesco <strong>Cavalli</strong> Francesco CavalliThe great Baroque composers
1602-1676 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Antonio <strong>Cesti</strong> Antonio CestiThe great Baroque composers
1623-1669 (Baroque)
Conductor, Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Jacques Champion de <strong>Chambonnières</strong> Jacques Champion de ChambonnièresThe great Baroque composers
1602-1672 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Marc-Antoine <strong>Charpentier</strong> Marc-Antoine CharpentierThe great Baroque composers
1643-1704 (Baroque)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Domenico <strong>Cimarosa</strong> Domenico CimarosaThe great Baroque composers
1749-1801 (Classical)
Composer

Jeremiah <strong>Clarke</strong> Jeremiah ClarkeThe great Baroque composers
1674-1707 (Baroque)
Composer

Louis-Nicolas <strong>Clérambault</strong> Louis-Nicolas ClérambaultThe great Baroque composers
1676-1749 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Arcangelo <strong>Corelli</strong> Arcangelo CorelliThe great Baroque composers
1653-1713 (Baroque)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Louis <strong>Couperin</strong> Louis CouperinThe great Baroque composers
1626-1661 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

François <strong>Couperin</strong> François CouperinThe great Baroque composers
1668-1733 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

William <strong>Croft</strong> William CroftThe great Baroque composers
1678-1727 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Johann <strong>Crüger</strong> Johann CrügerThe great Baroque composers
1598-1662 (Baroque)
Composer


L

Élisabeth Jacquet de <strong>La Guerre</strong> Élisabeth Jacquet de La GuerreThe great Baroque composers
1665-1729 (Baroque)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

William <strong>Lawes</strong> William LawesThe great Baroque composers
1602-1645 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Jean-Marie <strong>Leclair</strong> Jean-Marie LeclairThe great Baroque composers
1697-1764 (Baroque)
Composer

Giovanni <strong>Legrenzi</strong> Giovanni LegrenziThe great Baroque composers
1626-1690 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

<strong>Leo</strong>nardo <strong>Leo</strong> Leonardo LeoThe great Baroque composers
1694-1744 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Pietro <strong>Locatelli</strong> Pietro LocatelliThe great Baroque composers
1695-1764 (Baroque)
Composer

Matthew <strong>Locke</strong> Matthew LockeThe great Baroque composers
1621-1677 (Baroque)
Composer

Antonio <strong>Lotti</strong> Antonio LottiThe great Baroque composers
1667-1740 (Baroque)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Andrea <strong>Luchesi</strong> Andrea LuchesiThe great Baroque composers
1741-1801 (Classical)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Jean-Baptiste <strong>Lully</strong> Jean-Baptiste LullyThe great Baroque composers
1632-1687 (Baroque)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works


M

Marin <strong>Marais</strong> Marin MaraisThe great Baroque composers
1656-1728 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Benedetto <strong>Marcello</strong> Benedetto MarcelloThe great Baroque composers
1686-1739 (Baroque)
Composer

Louis <strong>Marchand</strong> Louis MarchandThe great Baroque composers
1669-1732 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Giovanni Battista <strong>Martini</strong> Giovanni Battista MartiniThe great Baroque composers
1706-1784 (Classical)
Performer & Composer

Johann <strong>Mattheson</strong> Johann MatthesonThe great Baroque composers
1681-1764 (Baroque)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Claudio <strong>Merulo</strong> Claudio MeruloThe great Baroque composers
1533-1604 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Johann Melchior MolterThe great Baroque composers
1696-1765 (Baroque)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Jean-Joseph de <strong>Mondonville</strong> Jean-Joseph de MondonvilleThe great Baroque composers
1711-1772 (Baroque)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Pierre-Alexandre MonsignyThe great Baroque composers
1729-1817 (Classical)
Composer

Claudio <strong>Monteverdi</strong> Claudio MonteverdiThe great Baroque composers
1567-1643 (Renaissance)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Thomas <strong>Morley</strong> Thomas MorleyThe great Baroque composers
1557-1602 (Renaissance)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Leopold <strong>Mozart</strong> Leopold MozartThe great Baroque composers
1719-1787 (Classical)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Georg <strong>Muffat</strong> Georg MuffatThe great Baroque composers
1653-1704 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Josef <strong>Mysliveček</strong> Josef MyslivečekThe great Baroque composers
1737-1781 (Classical)
Performer & Composer


N

Pietro <strong>Nardini</strong> Pietro NardiniThe great Baroque composers
1722-1793 (Classical)
Performer & Composer

Johann Gottlieb NaumannThe great Baroque composers
1741-1801 (Classical)
Conductor & Composer

Christian Gottlob <strong>Neefe</strong> Christian Gottlob NeefeThe great Baroque composers
1748-1798 (Classical)
Conductor, Performer & Composer


O

Turlough <strong>O'Carolan</strong> Turlough O'CarolanThe great Baroque composers
1670-1738 (Baroque)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer


Q

Johann Joachim <strong>Quantz</strong> Johann Joachim QuantzThe great Baroque composers
1697-1773 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer


S

Antonio <strong>Sacchini</strong> Antonio SacchiniThe great Baroque composers
1730-1786 (Classical)
Composer

Monsieur de <strong>Sainte-Colombe</strong> Monsieur de Sainte-ColombeThe great Baroque composers
1640-1700 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Johann Peter <strong>Salomon</strong> Johann Peter SalomonThe great Baroque composers
1745-1815 (Classical)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Giuseppe SammartiniThe great Baroque composers
1695-1750 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Giovanni Battista <strong>Sammartini</strong> Giovanni Battista SammartiniThe great Baroque composers
1700-1775 (Baroque)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Gaspar SanzThe great Baroque composers
1640-1710 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Giuseppe <strong>Sarti</strong> Giuseppe SartiThe great Baroque composers
1729-1802 (Classical)
Composer

Pietro Filippo ScarlattiThe great Baroque composers
1679-1750 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Alessandro <strong>Scarlatti</strong> Alessandro ScarlattiThe great Baroque composers
1660-1725 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Domenico <strong>Scarlatti</strong> Domenico ScarlattiThe great Baroque composers
1685-1757 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Complete works

Heinrich ScheidemannThe great Baroque composers
1596-1663 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Samuel <strong>Scheidt</strong> Samuel ScheidtThe great Baroque composers
1587-1654 (Baroque)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Johann Hermann <strong>Schein</strong> Johann Hermann ScheinThe great Baroque composers
1586-1630 (Renaissance)
Conductor & Composer

Johann SchobertThe great Baroque composers
1720-1767 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Heinrich <strong>Schütz</strong> Heinrich SchützThe great Baroque composers
1585-1672 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Complete works

Antonio <strong>Soler</strong> Antonio SolerThe great Baroque composers
1729-1783 (Classical)
Performer & Composer

Johann <strong>Stamitz</strong> Johann StamitzThe great Baroque composers
1717-1757 (Baroque)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Carl <strong>Stamitz</strong> Carl StamitzThe great Baroque composers
1745-1801 (Classical)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Alessandro <strong>Stradella</strong> Alessandro StradellaThe great Baroque composers
1643-1682 (Baroque)
Lyrical singer & Composer

Barbara <strong>Strozzi</strong> Barbara StrozziThe great Baroque composers
1619-1677 (Baroque)
Lyrical singer & Composer

Jan Pieterszoon <strong>Sweelinck</strong> Jan Pieterszoon SweelinckThe great Baroque composers
1562-1621 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer


W

Georg Christoph <strong>Wagenseil</strong> Georg Christoph WagenseilThe great Baroque composers
1715-1777 (Classical)
Performer & Composer

Johann Gottfried <strong>Walther</strong> Johann Gottfried WaltherThe great Baroque composers
1684-1748 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Matthias WeckmannThe great Baroque composers
1619-1674 (Baroque)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Thomas <strong>Weelkes</strong> Thomas WeelkesThe great Baroque composers
1576-1623 (Renaissance)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Sylvius Leopold <strong>Weiss</strong> Sylvius Leopold WeissThe great Baroque composers
1687-1750 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

John WilbyeThe great Baroque composers
1574-1638 (Renaissance)
Composer


Some composers to be celebrated very soon

Next month, more than 30 important artists and musicians will be honoured. In September 2020 some of them may celebrate a special anniversary. For others, amateurs and enthusiasts will celebrate the bicentenary of their birth or the fiftieth anniversary of their death for example. Among them, some famous composers:

on 14, Luigi Cherubini (1760-1842), 260th anniversary (Birth),
on 20, Gilles Binchois (1400-1460), 560th anniversary (Death),
on 23, Alexander Arutiunian (1920-2012), 100th anniversary (Birth),
on 28, Florent Schmitt (1870-1958), 150th anniversary (Birth),
on 30, Johan Svendsen (1840-1911), 180th anniversary (Birth),
...

There are others to discover. And it is not too late to focus on the August 2020 celebrations (40+).

Always good opportunities to discover or deepen, (re)listen, explore the vastness and diversity of classical music...

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Last update : 2020-08-01

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