The rise of classical music (1500-2000)

 

Handel or Chopin? Puccini or Stravinsky? 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 1500 and 2000+

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 : Handel (German, later British Baroque composer) or Chopin (Polish composer and pianist) ? Dvořák (Czech composer) or Tchaikovsky (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 1500 and 2000+. 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 for the years 1500-2000+

Who are these greatest composers, the most famous over the 1500-2000+ 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. Bizet, Gluck, Sibelius, Grieg, Mahler, Bach, Mendelssohn...

At this time, soClassiQ has listed more than 18000 composers. So here is a selection of some composers for the years 1500-2000+, widely recognized around the world:

B

Johann Christoph Friedrich <strong>Bach</strong> Johann Christoph Friedrich BachThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1732-1795 (Classical)
Performer & Composer

Wilhelm Friedemann <strong>Bach</strong> Wilhelm Friedemann BachThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1710-1784 (Classical)
Performer & Composer

Johann Christian <strong>Bach</strong> Johann Christian BachThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1735-1782 (Classical)
Performer & Composer

Carl Philipp Emanuel <strong>Bach</strong> Carl Philipp Emanuel BachThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1714-1788 (Classical)
Performer & Composer

Johann Sebastian <strong>Bach</strong> Johann Sebastian BachThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1685-1750 (Baroque)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Mily <strong>Balakirev</strong> Mily BalakirevThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1837-1910 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Samuel <strong>Barber</strong> Samuel BarberThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1910-1981 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Béla <strong>Bartók</strong> Béla BartókThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1881-1945 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Ludwig van <strong>Beethoven</strong> Ludwig van BeethovenThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1770-1827 (Classical)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Vincenzo <strong>Bellini</strong> Vincenzo BelliniThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1801-1835 (Romantic)
Composer

Alban <strong>Berg</strong> Alban BergThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1885-1935 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Luciano <strong>Berio</strong> Luciano BerioThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1925-2003 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Hector <strong>Berlioz</strong> Hector BerliozThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1803-1869 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Leonard <strong>Bernstein</strong> Leonard BernsteinThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1918-1990 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Heinrich <strong>Biber</strong> Heinrich BiberThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1644-1704 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Georges <strong>Bizet</strong> Georges BizetThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1838-1875 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Luigi <strong>Boccherini</strong> Luigi BoccheriniThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1743-1805 (Classical)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Complete works

Andrea <strong>Bocelli</strong> Andrea BocelliThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
age 61 (20th century)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Alexander <strong>Borodin</strong> Alexander BorodinThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1833-1887 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Nadia <strong>Boulanger</strong> Nadia BoulangerThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1887-1979 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Pierre <strong>Boulez</strong> Pierre BoulezThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1925-2016 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Johannes <strong>Brahms</strong> Johannes BrahmsThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1833-1897 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Benjamin <strong>Britten</strong> Benjamin BrittenThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1913-1976 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Max <strong>Bruch</strong> Max BruchThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1838-1920 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

Anton <strong>Bruckner</strong> Anton BrucknerThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1824-1896 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Dietrich <strong>Buxtehude</strong> Dietrich BuxtehudeThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1637-1707 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

William <strong>Byrd</strong> William ByrdThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1543-1623 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Complete works


C

John <strong>Cage</strong> John CageThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1912-1992 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Pau <strong>Casals</strong> Pau CasalsThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1876-1973 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Francesco <strong>Cavalli</strong> Francesco CavalliThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1602-1676 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Emmanuel <strong>Chabrier</strong> Emmanuel ChabrierThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1841-1894 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Marc-Antoine <strong>Charpentier</strong> Marc-Antoine CharpentierThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1643-1704 (Baroque)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Ernest <strong>Chausson</strong> Ernest ChaussonThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1855-1899 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Luigi <strong>Cherubini</strong> Luigi CherubiniThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1760-1842 (Classical)
Conductor & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Frédéric <strong>Chopin</strong> Frédéric ChopinThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1810-1849 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Domenico <strong>Cimarosa</strong> Domenico CimarosaThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1749-1801 (Classical)
Composer

Muzio <strong>Clementi</strong> Muzio ClementiThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1752-1832 (Classical)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Aaron <strong>Copland</strong> Aaron CoplandThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1900-1990 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Arcangelo <strong>Corelli</strong> Arcangelo CorelliThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1653-1713 (Baroque)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

François <strong>Couperin</strong> François CouperinThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1668-1733 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Carl <strong>Czerny</strong> Carl CzernyThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1791-1857 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

Complete works


G

Giovanni <strong>Gabrieli</strong> Giovanni GabrieliThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1557-1612 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Complete works

Baldassare <strong>Galuppi</strong> Baldassare GaluppiThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1706-1785 (Classical)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

George <strong>Gershwin</strong> George GershwinThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1898-1937 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Carlo <strong>Gesualdo</strong> Carlo GesualdoThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1566-1613 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Umberto <strong>Giordano</strong> Umberto GiordanoThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1867-1948 (20th century)
Composer

Philip <strong>Glass</strong> Philip GlassThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
age 83 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Alexander <strong>Glazunov</strong> Alexander GlazunovThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1865-1936 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Mikhail <strong>Glinka</strong> Mikhail GlinkaThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1804-1857 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

Christoph Willibald von <strong>Gluck</strong> Christoph Willibald von GluckThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1714-1787 (Classical)
Composer

Jerry <strong>Goldsmith</strong> Jerry GoldsmithThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1929-2004 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Henryk <strong>Gorecki</strong> Henryk GoreckiThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1933-2010 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

François Joseph <strong>Gossec</strong> François Joseph GossecThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1734-1829 (Classical)
Performer & Composer

Glenn <strong>Gould</strong> Glenn GouldThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1932-1982 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Charles <strong>Gounod</strong> Charles GounodThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1818-1893 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

André <strong>Grétry</strong> André GrétryThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1741-1813 (Classical)
Composer

Edvard <strong>Grieg</strong> Edvard GriegThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1843-1907 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Sofia <strong>Gubaidulina</strong> Sofia GubaidulinaThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
age 88 (20th century)
Performer & Composer


M

Yo-Yo <strong>Ma</strong> Yo-Yo MaThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
age 64 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Lorin <strong>Maazel</strong> Lorin MaazelThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1930-2014 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Gustav <strong>Mahler</strong> Gustav MahlerThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1860-1911 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Marin <strong>Marais</strong> Marin MaraisThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1656-1728 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Neville <strong>Marriner</strong> Neville MarrinerThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1924-2016 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Bohuslav <strong>Martinů</strong> Bohuslav MartinůThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1890-1959 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Pietro <strong>Mascagni</strong> Pietro MascagniThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1863-1945 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Jules <strong>Massenet</strong> Jules MassenetThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1842-1912 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

Fanny <strong>Mendelssohn</strong> Fanny MendelssohnThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1805-1847 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

Felix <strong>Mendelssohn</strong> Felix MendelssohnThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1809-1847 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Olivier <strong>Messiaen</strong> Olivier MessiaenThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1908-1992 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Dimitri <strong>Mitropoulos</strong> Dimitri MitropoulosThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1896-1960 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Stanisław <strong>Moniuszko</strong> Stanisław MoniuszkoThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1819-1872 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

Claudio <strong>Monteverdi</strong> Claudio MonteverdiThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1567-1643 (Renaissance)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Ennio <strong>Morricone</strong> Ennio MorriconeThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
age 91 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Maria Anna <strong>Mozart</strong> Maria Anna MozartThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1751-1829 (Classical)
Performer & Composer

Leopold <strong>Mozart</strong> Leopold MozartThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1719-1787 (Classical)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Wolfgang Amadeus <strong>Mozart</strong> Wolfgang Amadeus MozartThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1756-1791 (Classical)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Modest Petrovich <strong>Mussorgsky</strong> Modest Petrovich MussorgskyThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1839-1881 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works


N

Carl <strong>Nielsen</strong> Carl NielsenThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1865-1931 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer


P

Johann <strong>Pachelbel</strong> Johann PachelbelThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1653-1706 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Complete works

Niccolò <strong>Paganini</strong> Niccolò PaganiniThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1782-1840 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Giovanni <strong>Paisiello</strong> Giovanni PaisielloThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1740-1816 (Classical)
Composer

Giovanni da <strong>Palestrina</strong> Giovanni da PalestrinaThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1525c-1594 (Renaissance)
Conductor, Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Complete works

Arvo <strong>Pärt</strong> Arvo PärtThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
age 84 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Krzysztof <strong>Penderecki</strong> Krzysztof PendereckiThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1933-2020 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Giovanni Battista <strong>Pergolesi</strong> Giovanni Battista PergolesiThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1710-1736 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Jacopo <strong>Peri</strong> Jacopo PeriThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1561-1633 (Renaissance)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Amilcare <strong>Ponchielli</strong> Amilcare PonchielliThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1834-1886 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Francis <strong>Poulenc</strong> Francis PoulencThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1899-1963 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Josquin des <strong>Prez</strong> Josquin des PrezThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1450-1521 (Renaissance)
Composer

Complete works

Sergei <strong>Prokofiev</strong> Sergei ProkofievThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1891-1953 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Giacomo <strong>Puccini</strong> Giacomo PucciniThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1858-1924 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Henry <strong>Purcell</strong> Henry PurcellThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1659-1695 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works


S

Camille <strong>Saint-Saëns</strong> Camille Saint-SaënsThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1835-1921 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Antonio <strong>Salieri</strong> Antonio SalieriThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1750-1825 (Classical)
Conductor & Composer

Pablo de <strong>Sarasate</strong> Pablo de SarasateThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1844-1908 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Erik <strong>Satie</strong> Erik SatieThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1866-1925 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Alessandro <strong>Scarlatti</strong> Alessandro ScarlattiThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1660-1725 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Domenico <strong>Scarlatti</strong> Domenico ScarlattiThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1685-1757 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Complete works

Arnold <strong>Schoenberg</strong> Arnold SchoenbergThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1874-1951 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Franz <strong>Schubert</strong> Franz SchubertThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1797-1828 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Clara <strong>Schumann</strong> Clara SchumannThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1819-1896 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

Robert <strong>Schumann</strong> Robert SchumannThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1810-1856 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Heinrich <strong>Schütz</strong> Heinrich SchützThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1585-1672 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Complete works

Alexander <strong>Scriabin</strong> Alexander ScriabinThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1872-1915 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Howard <strong>Shore</strong> Howard ShoreThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
age 73 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Dmitri <strong>Shostakovich</strong> Dmitri ShostakovichThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1906-1975 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Jean <strong>Sibelius</strong> Jean SibeliusThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1865-1957 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Bedřich <strong>Smetana</strong> Bedřich SmetanaThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1824-1884 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Louis <strong>Spohr</strong> Louis SpohrThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1784-1859 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Karlheinz <strong>Stockhausen</strong> Karlheinz StockhausenThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1928-2007 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Leopold <strong>Stokowski</strong> Leopold StokowskiThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1882-1977 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Richard <strong>Strauss</strong> Richard StraussThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1864-1949 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Igor <strong>Stravinsky</strong> Igor StravinskyThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1882-1971 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Franz von <strong>Suppé</strong> Franz von SuppéThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1819-1895 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

Georgy <strong>Sviridov</strong> Georgy SviridovThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1915-1998 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Karol <strong>Szymanowski</strong> Karol SzymanowskiThe rise of classical music (1500-2000)
1882-1937 (20th century)
Performer & Composer


Some composers to be celebrated very soon

Next month, more than 40 important artists and musicians will be honoured. In July 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 6, Władysław Szpilman (1911-2000), 20th anniversary (Death),
on 7, Gustav Mahler (1860-1911), 160th anniversary (Birth),
on 15, Leopold von Auer (1845-1930), 90th anniversary (Death),
on 24, Ernest Bloch (1880-1959), 140th anniversary (Birth),
on 28, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), 270th anniversary (Death),
...

There are others to discover. And it is not too late to focus on the June 2020 celebrations (20+).

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 : 2020-06-01

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