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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)

Classical Era (1730 - 1820)

Romantic Era (1780 - 1910)

Impressionist Era (1875 - 1925) 

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
  • Olivier Messiaen
  • 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
  • and many others.....

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