The great Romantic composers Europe

 

Haydn or Verdi? Wagner or Mendelssohn? 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 1790 and 1910 (romantic era) in Europe

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 Verdi (Italian opera composer (1813-1901)) ? Brahms (German composer and pianist) or Chopin (Polish composer and pianist) ? 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 en Europe, between 1790 and 1910 (romantic era). And this objectively, and for the first time (soClassiQ exclusivity).

Composers rendered as a timeline to bring a little perspective:

ComposersConductorsLyrical singersPerformers WorldwideEuropeNorth AmericaSouth AmericaAsiaOceaniaAfrica 2021

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 in Europe for the years 1790-1910

Who are these greatest composers, the most famous over the 1790-1910 era in Europe? 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. Rachmaninoff, Mozart, Bizet, Debussy, Beethoven, Grieg, Dvořák...

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

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Mily <strong>Balakirev</strong> Mily BalakirevThe great Romantic composers
1837-1910 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Béla <strong>Bartók</strong> Béla BartókThe great Romantic composers
1881-1945 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Ludwig van <strong>Beethoven</strong> Ludwig van BeethovenThe great Romantic composers
1770-1827 (Classical)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Vincenzo <strong>Bellini</strong> Vincenzo BelliniThe great Romantic composers
1801-1835 (Romantic)
Composer

Alban <strong>Berg</strong> Alban BergThe great Romantic composers
1885-1935 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Hector <strong>Berlioz</strong> Hector BerliozThe great Romantic composers
1803-1869 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Georges <strong>Bizet</strong> Georges BizetThe great Romantic composers
1838-1875 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

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

Complete works

Alexander <strong>Borodin</strong> Alexander BorodinThe great Romantic composers
1833-1887 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Dmytro <strong>Bortniansky</strong> Dmytro BortnianskyThe great Romantic composers
1751-1825 (Classical)
Conductor & Composer

Lili <strong>Boulanger</strong> Lili BoulangerThe great Romantic composers
1893-1918 (20th century)
Composer

Nadia <strong>Boulanger</strong> Nadia BoulangerThe great Romantic composers
1887-1979 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Johannes <strong>Brahms</strong> Johannes BrahmsThe great Romantic composers
1833-1897 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Max <strong>Bruch</strong> Max BruchThe great Romantic composers
1838-1920 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

Anton <strong>Bruckner</strong> Anton BrucknerThe great Romantic composers
1824-1896 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Ole <strong>Bull</strong> Ole BullThe great Romantic composers
1810-1880 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

Hans von <strong>Bülow</strong> Hans von BülowThe great Romantic composers
1830-1894 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Ferruccio <strong>Busoni</strong> Ferruccio BusoniThe great Romantic composers
1866-1924 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer


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Muzio <strong>Clementi</strong> Muzio ClementiThe great Romantic composers
1752-1832 (Classical)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Carl <strong>Czerny</strong> Carl CzernyThe great Romantic composers
1791-1857 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

Complete works


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Edward <strong>Elgar</strong> Edward ElgarThe great Romantic composers
1857-1934 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

George <strong>Enescu</strong> George EnescuThe great Romantic composers
1881-1955 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer


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Manuel de <strong>Falla</strong> Manuel de FallaThe great Romantic composers
1876-1946 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Gabriel <strong>Fauré</strong> Gabriel FauréThe great Romantic composers
1845-1924 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

John <strong>Field</strong> John FieldThe great Romantic composers
1782-1837 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

César <strong>Franck</strong> César FranckThe great Romantic composers
1822-1890 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

Julius <strong>Fučík</strong> Julius FučíkThe great Romantic composers
1872-1916 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

Wilhelm <strong>Furtwängler</strong> Wilhelm FurtwänglerThe great Romantic composers
1886-1954 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer


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Leoš <strong>Janáček</strong> Leoš JanáčekThe great Romantic composers
1854-1928 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Joseph <strong>Joachim</strong> Joseph JoachimThe great Romantic composers
1831-1907 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer


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


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Gustav <strong>Mahler</strong> Gustav MahlerThe great Romantic composers
1860-1911 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Gian Francesco <strong>Malipiero</strong> Gian Francesco MalipieroThe great Romantic composers
1882-1973 (20th century)
Composer

Heinrich <strong>Marschner</strong> Heinrich MarschnerThe great Romantic composers
1795-1861 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

Bohuslav <strong>Martinů</strong> Bohuslav MartinůThe great Romantic composers
1890-1959 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Pietro <strong>Mascagni</strong> Pietro MascagniThe great Romantic composers
1863-1945 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Jules <strong>Massenet</strong> Jules MassenetThe great Romantic composers
1842-1912 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

Fanny <strong>Mendelssohn</strong> Fanny MendelssohnThe great Romantic composers
1805-1847 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

Felix <strong>Mendelssohn</strong> Felix MendelssohnThe great Romantic composers
1809-1847 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Willem <strong>Mengelberg</strong> Willem MengelbergThe great Romantic composers
1871-1951 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Saverio <strong>Mercadante</strong> Saverio MercadanteThe great Romantic composers
1795-1870 (Romantic)
Composer

Olivier <strong>Messiaen</strong> Olivier MessiaenThe great Romantic composers
1908-1992 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Giacomo <strong>Meyerbeer</strong> Giacomo MeyerbeerThe great Romantic composers
1791-1864 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Darius <strong>Milhaud</strong> Darius MilhaudThe great Romantic composers
1892-1974 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Dimitri <strong>Mitropoulos</strong> Dimitri MitropoulosThe great Romantic composers
1896-1960 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Stevan Stojanović <strong>Mokranjac</strong> Stevan Stojanović MokranjacThe great Romantic composers
1856-1914 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

Stanisław <strong>Moniuszko</strong> Stanisław MoniuszkoThe great Romantic composers
1819-1872 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

Moritz <strong>Moszkowski</strong> Moritz MoszkowskiThe great Romantic composers
1854-1925 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Franz Xaver Wolfgang <strong>Mozart</strong> Franz Xaver Wolfgang MozartThe great Romantic composers
1791-1844 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Anna <strong>Mozart</strong> Anna MozartThe great Romantic composers
1751-1829 (Classical)
Performer & Composer

Wolfgang Amadeus <strong>Mozart</strong> Wolfgang Amadeus MozartThe great Romantic composers
1756-1791 (Classical)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Modest Petrovich <strong>Mussorgsky</strong> Modest Petrovich MussorgskyThe great Romantic composers
1839-1881 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Nikolai <strong>Myaskovsky</strong> Nikolai MyaskovskyThe great Romantic composers
1881-1950 (20th century)
Composer


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Otto <strong>Nicolai</strong> Otto NicolaiThe great Romantic composers
1810-1849 (Romantic)
Conductor, Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Carl <strong>Nielsen</strong> Carl NielsenThe great Romantic composers
1865-1931 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Rikard <strong>Nordraak</strong> Rikard NordraakThe great Romantic composers
1842-1866 (Romantic)
Composer


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Sergei <strong>Rachmaninoff</strong> Sergei RachmaninoffThe great Romantic composers
1873-1943 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Maurice <strong>Ravel</strong> Maurice RavelThe great Romantic composers
1875-1937 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Max <strong>Reger</strong> Max RegerThe great Romantic composers
1873-1916 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Ottorino <strong>Respighi</strong> Ottorino RespighiThe great Romantic composers
1879-1936 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Ferdinand <strong>Ries</strong> Ferdinand RiesThe great Romantic composers
1784-1838 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

Nikolai <strong>Rimsky-Korsakov</strong> Nikolai Rimsky-KorsakovThe great Romantic composers
1844-1908 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Joaquín <strong>Rodrigo</strong> Joaquín RodrigoThe great Romantic composers
1901-1999 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Gioachino <strong>Rossini</strong> Gioachino RossiniThe great Romantic composers
1792-1868 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Miklós <strong>Rózsa</strong> Miklós RózsaThe great Romantic composers
1907-1995 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Nikolai <strong>Rubinstein</strong> Nikolai RubinsteinThe great Romantic composers
1835-1881 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Anton <strong>Rubinstein</strong> Anton RubinsteinThe great Romantic composers
1829-1894 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer


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Camille <strong>Saint-Saëns</strong> Camille Saint-SaënsThe great Romantic composers
1835-1921 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Antonio <strong>Salieri</strong> Antonio SalieriThe great Romantic composers
1750-1825 (Classical)
Conductor & Composer

Pablo de <strong>Sarasate</strong> Pablo de SarasateThe great Romantic composers
1844-1908 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Erik <strong>Satie</strong> Erik SatieThe great Romantic composers
1866-1925 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Artur <strong>Schnabel</strong> Artur SchnabelThe great Romantic composers
1882-1951 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Arnold <strong>Schoenberg</strong> Arnold SchoenbergThe great Romantic composers
1874-1951 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Franz <strong>Schubert</strong> Franz SchubertThe great Romantic composers
1797-1828 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Clara <strong>Schumann</strong> Clara SchumannThe great Romantic composers
1819-1896 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

Robert <strong>Schumann</strong> Robert SchumannThe great Romantic composers
1810-1856 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Alexander <strong>Scriabin</strong> Alexander ScriabinThe great Romantic composers
1872-1915 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Dmitri <strong>Shostakovich</strong> Dmitri ShostakovichThe great Romantic composers
1906-1975 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Jean <strong>Sibelius</strong> Jean SibeliusThe great Romantic composers
1865-1957 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Christian <strong>Sinding</strong> Christian SindingThe great Romantic composers
1856-1941 (Romantic)
Composer

Bedřich <strong>Smetana</strong> Bedřich SmetanaThe great Romantic composers
1824-1884 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Fernando <strong>Sor</strong> Fernando SorThe great Romantic composers
1778-1839 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

Louis <strong>Spohr</strong> Louis SpohrThe great Romantic composers
1784-1859 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Gaspare <strong>Spontini</strong> Gaspare SpontiniThe great Romantic composers
1774-1851 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

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

Charles Villiers <strong>Stanford</strong> Charles Villiers StanfordThe great Romantic composers
1852-1924 (Romantic)
Composer

Leopold <strong>Stokowski</strong> Leopold StokowskiThe great Romantic composers
1882-1977 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Eduard <strong>Strauss</strong> Eduard StraussThe great Romantic composers
1835-1916 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

Josef <strong>Strauss</strong> Josef StraussThe great Romantic composers
1827-1870 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

Richard <strong>Strauss</strong> Richard StraussThe great Romantic composers
1864-1949 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Igor <strong>Stravinsky</strong> Igor StravinskyThe great Romantic composers
1882-1971 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Josef <strong>Suk</strong> Josef SukThe great Romantic composers
1874-1935 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Arthur <strong>Sullivan</strong> Arthur SullivanThe great Romantic composers
1842-1900 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Franz von <strong>Suppè</strong> Franz von SuppèThe great Romantic composers
1819-1895 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

Franz Xaver <strong>Süssmayr</strong> Franz Xaver SüssmayrThe great Romantic composers
1766-1803 (Classical)
Conductor & Composer

Johan <strong>Svendsen</strong> Johan SvendsenThe great Romantic composers
1840-1911 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

Karol <strong>Szymanowski</strong> Karol SzymanowskiThe great Romantic composers
1882-1937 (20th century)
Performer & Composer


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Viktor <strong>Ullmann</strong> Viktor UllmannThe great Romantic composers
1898-1944 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer


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Edgard <strong>Varèse</strong> Edgard VarèseThe great Romantic composers
1883-1965 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Giuseppe <strong>Verdi</strong> Giuseppe VerdiThe great Romantic composers
1813-1901 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Pauline <strong>Viardot</strong> Pauline ViardotThe great Romantic composers
1821-1910 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Louis <strong>Vierne</strong> Louis VierneThe great Romantic composers
1870-1937 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Henri <strong>Vieuxtemps</strong> Henri VieuxtempsThe great Romantic composers
1820-1881 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

Giovanni Battista <strong>Viotti</strong> Giovanni Battista ViottiThe great Romantic composers
1755-1824 (Classical)
Performer & Composer


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Richard <strong>Wagner</strong> Richard WagnerThe great Romantic composers
1813-1883 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Bruno <strong>Walter</strong> Bruno WalterThe great Romantic composers
1876-1962 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

William <strong>Walton</strong> William WaltonThe great Romantic composers
1902-1983 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Carl Maria von <strong>Weber</strong> Carl Maria von WeberThe great Romantic composers
1786-1826 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Anton <strong>Webern</strong> Anton WebernThe great Romantic composers
1883-1945 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Kurt <strong>Weill</strong> Kurt WeillThe great Romantic composers
1900-1950 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Charles-Marie <strong>Widor</strong> Charles-Marie WidorThe great Romantic composers
1844-1937 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

Henryk <strong>Wieniawski</strong> Henryk WieniawskiThe great Romantic composers
1835-1880 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

Ralph Vaughan <strong>Williams</strong> Ralph Vaughan WilliamsThe great Romantic composers
1872-1958 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Hugo <strong>Wolf</strong> Hugo WolfThe great Romantic composers
1860-1903 (Romantic)
Composer


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Eugène <strong>Ysaÿe</strong> Eugène YsaÿeThe great Romantic composers
1858-1931 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Some composers to be celebrated very soon

Next month, more than 40 important artists and musicians will be honoured. In November 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 8, César Franck (1822-1890), 130th anniversary (Death),
on 12, Henryk Gorecki (1933-2010), 10th anniversary (Death),
on 14, Aaron Copland (1900-1990), 120th anniversary (Birth),
on 18, Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941), 160th anniversary (Birth),
on 22, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710-1784), 310th anniversary (Birth),
...

There are others to discover. And it is not too late to focus on the October 2020 celebrations (30+).

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

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