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Classical Composers

Renaissance heralded the first classical composers of record.


The Baroque period was popularized by Bach and others of the era.

Classical Music

Classical music became mainstream through composers like Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn.


The Romantic period beginning in the early 1800s combines known classical musicians such as Johannes Brahms with more popular classical musicians who appeared late in the period such as Gustav Humperdinck.

Richard Wagner became more popular today because of his music being featured in film and other media.

Classical Composers

Although Bach who lived in the early 1700s and created famous works such as the Brandenburg Concertos, the Well-Tempered Clavier, Toccata and Fugue in D Minor may be considered one of the most influential classical musicians of all time in the Baroque era of music, there are also more modern day composers such as Leonard Bernstein, Burt Bacharach, Scott Joplin (ragtime) and John Williams among others who have helped define modern classical and other styles of music.

Renaissance 1450-1600


Baroque 1600-1750

Bach, Johann Sebastian
Handel, George Frideric
Lully, Jean-Baptiste
Monteverdi, Claudio
Vivaldi, Antonio

Classical 1750-1820

Beethoven, Ludwig van
Haydn, Joseph
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Romantic 1820-1910

Bizet Georges
Brahms, Johannes
Dvorak, Anton
Glinka Mikhail Ivanovich
Grieg, Edvard
Holst, Gustav
Humperdinck, Engelbert
Liadov, Anaol
Mahler, Gustav
Mussorgsky, Modest
Rachmaninoff, Sergei
Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai
Saint-Saens, Camille
Schumann, Clara
Schumann, Robert
Strauss, Richard
Strauss Jr., Johann
Tchaikovsky, Piotr Ilyich
Verdi, Giuseppe
Wagner, Richard

Modern 1910-Present

  • Adams, John
    Berntein, Leonard
    Britten, Benjamin
    Colgrass, Michael
    Copland, Aaron

    Debussy, Claude
    DeFalla, Manuel

    Dubensky, Arcady
    Dukas, Paul
    Gershwin, George
    Grofe, Ferde
    Hazell, Christopher
    Hinemit, Paul

    Kabalevsky, Dmitri
    Khacaturian, Aram
    Kodaly, Zoltan
    Langlais, Jean

    Moncayo, Jose Pablo
    Offenbach, Jaces

    Prokofiev, Sergei
    Respighi, Ottorino
    Schuman, William
    Shostakovich, Dmitri
    Still, William Grant
    Stravinsky, Igor
    Tower, Joan
    Villa-Lobos, Heitor

    Williams, John