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MUSC 3020 - Composition II

MUSC 3020 -- Dr. Joshua Burel

Noteable 20 and 21st Century Composers

Below is a list of significant 20th and 21st century composers. Each piece links directly to either a Naxos or YouTube recording of the work. While this list is by no means exhaustive, it does provide a starting point.

Composers A-F

John Adams: (b. 1947)

John Luther Adams (b. 1953)

Milton Babbit: (1916-2011)

Grazyna Bacewicz: (1909-1969)

Samuel Barber: (1910-1981)

Bela Bartok: (1881-1945)

Alban Berg: (1885-1935)

Leonard Bernstein: (1918-1990)

William Bolcom: (b. 1938)

Pierre Boulez: (b. 1925)

Benjamin Britten: (1913-1976)

John Cage: (1912-1992)

Elliott Carter: (1908-2012)

Aaron Copland: (1900-1999)

John Corigliano: (b. 1938)

Henry Cowell: (1897-1965)

George Crumb: (b. 1929)

Claude Debussy: (1862-1918)

Morton Feldman: (1926-1987)

More Composers of Note

Other prominent composers of the 20th and 21st century:

  • Thomas Ades
  • Martin Bresnick
  • Curtis Curtis-Smith
  • Alberto Ginastera
  • Pavel Haas
  • Alan Hovhaness
  • Leoš Janáček
  • Ben Johnston
  • Scott Joplin
  • Gideon Klein
  • Zoltan Kodaly
  • Hans Krasa
  • Gyorgy Kurtag
  • Libby Larsen
  • Tania Leon
  • Zou Long
  • Pauline Oliveros
  • Carl Orff
  • Harry Partch
  • Stephen Paulus
  • Astor Piazzolla
  • Walter Piston
  • Frank Proto
  • Wolfgang Rihm
  • Christopher Rouse
  • Kaija Saariaho
  • Giacinto Scelsi
  • Paul Schoenfield
  • Erwin Schulhoff
  • Joseph Schwantner
  • Bright Sheng
  • John Philip Sousa
  • Viktor Ullmann
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos
  • William Walton
  • Kurt Weill
  • Dan Welcher
  • Chen Yi

Composers G-Q

George Gershwin: (1898-1937)

Philip Glass: (b. 1937)

Sofia Gubaidulina: (b. 1931)

Jennifer Higdon: (b. 1962)

Paul Hindemith: (1895-1963)

Lee Hyla: (1952-2014)

Charles Ives: (1874-1954)

Aaron Jay Kernis (b. 1960)

Erich Wolfgang Korngold: (1897-1957)

Ladislav Kubik: (b. 1946)

Gyorgy Ligeti: (1923-2006)

Witold Lutoslawski: (1913-1994)

Olivier Messiaen: (1908-1992)

Darius Milhaud: (1892-1974)

Conlon Nancarrow: (1912-1997)

Arvo Part: (b. 1935)

Kryzstof Penderecki: (b. 1933)

Francis Poulenc: (1899-1963)

Sergei Prokofiev: (1891-1953)

Composers R-Z

Maurice Ravel:  (1875-1937)

Steve Reich: (b. 1936)

Terry Riley: (b. 1935)

Erik Satie: (1866-1925)

Alfred Schnittke: (1934-1998)

Arnold Schoenberg: (1874-1951)

Gunther Schuller: (b. 1925)

Ruth Crawford Seeger: (1901-1953)

Roger Sessions: (1896-1985)

Dmitri Shostakovich: (1906-1975)

William Grant Still: (1895-1978)

Igor Stravinsky: (1882-1971)

Karlheinz Stockhausen: (1928-2007)

Virgil Thomson: (1896-1989)

Joan Tower: (b. 1938)

Edgard Varese: (1883-1965)

Anton Webern: (1883-1945)

Ralph Vaughan Williams: (1872-1958)

La Monte Young: (b.1935)

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: (b. 1939)