The great composers of the 20th century Europe

 

Mahler or Bartók? Rostropovich or Strauss? 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 1890 and 2000+ (modern & contemporary 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 : Mahler (Austrian late-Romantic composer) or Bartók (Hungarian composer and pianist) ? Pärt (Estonian composer) or Mascagni (Italian composer known for operas) ? 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 1890 and 2000+ (modern & contemporary 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 2020

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 1890-2000+

Who are these greatest composers, the most famous over the 1890-2000+ 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. Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Puccini, Balakirev, Grieg, Dvořák, Satie...

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

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Mily <strong>Balakirev</strong> Mily BalakirevThe great composers of the 20th century
1837-1910 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

John <strong>Barry</strong> John BarryThe great composers of the 20th century
1933-2011 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

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

MasterpiecesComplete works

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

MasterpiecesComplete works

Luciano <strong>Berio</strong> Luciano BerioThe great composers of the 20th century
1925-2003 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Andrea <strong>Bocelli</strong> Andrea BocelliThe great composers of the 20th century
age 61 (20th century)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

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

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

Pierre <strong>Boulez</strong> Pierre BoulezThe great composers of the 20th century
1925-2016 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Johannes <strong>Brahms</strong> Johannes BrahmsThe great composers of the 20th century
1833-1897 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Benjamin <strong>Britten</strong> Benjamin BrittenThe great composers of the 20th century
1913-1976 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Max <strong>Bruch</strong> Max BruchThe great composers of the 20th century
1838-1920 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

Anton <strong>Bruckner</strong> Anton BrucknerThe great composers of the 20th century
1824-1896 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Hans von <strong>Bülow</strong> Hans von BülowThe great composers of the 20th century
1830-1894 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Ferruccio <strong>Busoni</strong> Ferruccio BusoniThe great composers of the 20th century
1866-1924 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer


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Peter <strong>Machajdík</strong> Peter MachajdíkThe great composers of the 20th century
age 58 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Muslim <strong>Magomayev</strong> Muslim MagomayevThe great composers of the 20th century
1942-2008 (20th century)
Conductor, Lyrical singer & Composer

Gustav <strong>Mahler</strong> Gustav MahlerThe great composers of the 20th century
1860-1911 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

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

Clint <strong>Mansell</strong> Clint MansellThe great composers of the 20th century
age 57 (20th century)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Neville <strong>Marriner</strong> Neville MarrinerThe great composers of the 20th century
1924-2016 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

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

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

Jules <strong>Massenet</strong> Jules MassenetThe great composers of the 20th century
1842-1912 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

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

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

MasterpiecesComplete works

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

MasterpiecesComplete works

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

Stevan Stojanović <strong>Mokranjac</strong> Stevan Stojanović MokranjacThe great composers of the 20th century
1856-1914 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

Ennio <strong>Morricone</strong> Ennio MorriconeThe great composers of the 20th century
age 91 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Moritz <strong>Moszkowski</strong> Moritz MoszkowskiThe great composers of the 20th century
1854-1925 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

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


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

MasterpiecesComplete works

Einojuhani <strong>Rautavaara</strong> Einojuhani RautavaaraThe great composers of the 20th century
1928-2016 (20th century)
Composer

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

MasterpiecesComplete works

Max <strong>Reger</strong> Max RegerThe great composers of the 20th century
1873-1916 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Carl <strong>Reinecke</strong> Carl ReineckeThe great composers of the 20th century
1824-1910 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

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

Karl <strong>Richter</strong> Karl RichterThe great composers of the 20th century
1926-1981 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Sviatoslav <strong>Richter</strong> Sviatoslav RichterThe great composers of the 20th century
1915-1997 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

André <strong>Rieu</strong> André RieuThe great composers of the 20th century
age 70 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Nikolai <strong>Rimsky-Korsakov</strong> Nikolai Rimsky-KorsakovThe great composers of the 20th century
1844-1908 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

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

Mstislav <strong>Rostropovich</strong> Mstislav RostropovichThe great composers of the 20th century
1927-2007 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Nino <strong>Rota</strong> Nino RotaThe great composers of the 20th century
1911-1979 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Albert <strong>Roussel</strong> Albert RousselThe great composers of the 20th century
1869-1937 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Miklós RózsaThe great composers of the 20th century
1907-1995 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Anton <strong>Rubinstein</strong> Anton RubinsteinThe great composers of the 20th century
1829-1894 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer


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Camille <strong>Saint-Saëns</strong> Camille Saint-SaënsThe great composers of the 20th century
1835-1921 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Esa-Pekka <strong>Salonen</strong> Esa-Pekka SalonenThe great composers of the 20th century
age 61 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Pablo de <strong>Sarasate</strong> Pablo de SarasateThe great composers of the 20th century
1844-1908 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Erik <strong>Satie</strong> Erik SatieThe great composers of the 20th century
1866-1925 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Jordi <strong>Savall</strong> Jordi SavallThe great composers of the 20th century
age 78 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Fazıl <strong>Say</strong> Fazıl SayThe great composers of the 20th century
age 50 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

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

Alfred <strong>Schnittke</strong> Alfred SchnittkeThe great composers of the 20th century
1934-1998 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

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

MasterpiecesComplete works

Clara <strong>Schumann</strong> Clara SchumannThe great composers of the 20th century
1819-1896 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

Alexander <strong>Scriabin</strong> Alexander ScriabinThe great composers of the 20th century
1872-1915 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Rodion <strong>Shchedrin</strong> Rodion ShchedrinThe great composers of the 20th century
age 87 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

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

MasterpiecesComplete works

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

MasterpiecesComplete works

Christian <strong>Sinding</strong> Christian SindingThe great composers of the 20th century
1856-1941 (Romantic)
Composer

Georg <strong>Solti</strong> Georg SoltiThe great composers of the 20th century
1912-1997 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Charles Villiers <strong>Stanford</strong> Charles Villiers StanfordThe great composers of the 20th century
1852-1924 (Romantic)
Composer

Karlheinz <strong>Stockhausen</strong> Karlheinz StockhausenThe great composers of the 20th century
1928-2007 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

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

Robert <strong>Stolz</strong> Robert StolzThe great composers of the 20th century
1880-1975 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Oscar <strong>Straus</strong> Oscar StrausThe great composers of the 20th century
1870-1954 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Eduard <strong>Strauss</strong> Eduard StraussThe great composers of the 20th century
1835-1916 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

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

MasterpiecesComplete works

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

MasterpiecesComplete works

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

Arthur <strong>Sullivan</strong> Arthur SullivanThe great composers of the 20th century
1842-1900 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Franz von <strong>Suppé</strong> Franz von SuppéThe great composers of the 20th century
1819-1895 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

Johan <strong>Svendsen</strong> Johan SvendsenThe great composers of the 20th century
1840-1911 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

Georgy <strong>Sviridov</strong> Georgy SviridovThe great composers of the 20th century
1915-1998 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

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


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


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Eugène <strong>Ysaÿe</strong> Eugène YsaÿeThe great composers of the 20th century
1858-1931 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer


Some composers to be celebrated very soon

Next month, more than 20 important artists and musicians will be honoured. In June 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, Robert Schumann (1810-1856), 210th anniversary (Birth),
on 9, Otto Nicolai (1810-1849), 210th anniversary (Birth),
on 18, Joan Pau Pujol (1570-1626), 450th anniversary (Birth),
on 20, Jehan Alain (1911-1940), 80th anniversary (Death),
on 25, Gustave Charpentier (1860-1956), 160th anniversary (Birth),
...

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

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

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Commemorations 2020, 2021, ...

Last update : 2020-05-01

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