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Composers

A List of Composers by Era & Period

Here is a list of composers by era and period from baroque era through the 20th century. Even though there are hundreds of composers we would like to list, we are limiting to only well-known composers here. Please note that some composers are transitioning to the next era. Some composers are overlapping with other eras and/or actual time periods. Also please click a link to learn more about an individual composer. 

Baroque Era (1600 - 1750)

  • Antonio Vivaldi
  • Christian Petzold
  • Domenico Scarlatti
  • George Frideric Handel
  • Georg Philipp Telemann
  • Henry Purcell
  • Jean-Baptiste Lully
  • Jean Philippe Rameau
  • Johann Pachelbel
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Tomaso Albinoni

Classical Era (1730 - 1820)

Romantic Era (1780 - 1910)

  • Antonín Leopold Dvořák
  • Camille Saint-Saëns
  • César Franck
  • Charles-Louis Hanon
  • Carl Czerny
  • Clara Schumann
  • Edvard Grieg
  • Franz Schubert
  • Frédéric Chopin
  • Felix Mendelssohn
  • Franz Liszt
  • Gustav Mahler
  • Giuseppe Verdi
  • Giacomo Puccini
  • Gioachino Antonio Rossini
  • Georges Bizet
  • Jean Gabriel-Marie
  • Jean Sibelius
  • Johann Strauss II
  • Johannes Brahms 
  • Johann Friedrich Franz Burgmüller
  • Modest Mussorgsky
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff
  • Richard Wagner 
  • Richard Strauss 
  • Robert Schumann

Impressionist Era (1875 - 1925) 

  • Claude Debussy 
  • Frederick Delius
  • Isaac Albéniz
  • Maurice Ravel
  • Olivier Messiaen

The 20th Century Era (1890 - 2000) 

Contemporary (western music roots) 

  • Arnold Schoenberg
  • Alan Menken
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Aaron Copland
  • Charles Ives
  • Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Dmitri Kabalevsky
  • Filippo Tommaso Marinetti
  • Gustav Holst
  • Igor Stravinsky
  • Julián Carrillo
  • John Williams
  • Leonard Bernstein
  • Paul Hindemith
  • Sergei Prokofiev
  • Toru Takemitsu

Minimalism 

  • Erik Satie
  • John Cage
  • Philip Glass
  • Steve Reich
  • Toru Takemitsu

Jazz composers who got some influence from Impressionist composers 

  • Art Tatum
  • Billy Strayhorn
  • Bill Evans
  • Cecil Taylor
  • Duke Ellington
  • Errol Garner
  • George Gershwin
  • Gil Evans
  • Wayne Shorter

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