Composer Authors

David Amram
American Composer
David Amram is an American composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, and author. Wikipedia
Beth Anderson
American Composer
Beth Anderson is an American neo-romantic composer. She studied with John Cage, Terry Riley, Robert Ashley, and Larry Austin, among others. She was born in Lexington, Kentucky, USA and grew up in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. Wikipedia
George Antheil
American Composer
George Antheil was an American avant-garde composer, pianist, author and inventor whose modernist musical compositions explored the modern sounds - musical, industrial, mechanical - of the early 20th century. Wikipedia
Malcolm Arnold
English Composer
Sir Malcolm Henry Arnold, CBE was an English composer. Wikipedia
Robert Ashley
American Composer
Robert Ashley , is a contemporary American composer, best known for his operas and other theatrical works, many of which incorporate electronics and extended techniques. Along with Gordon Mumma, Ashley was also a major pioneer of audio synthesis. Wikipedia
Kevin Ayers
English Composer
Kevin Ayers was an English singer-songwriter and a major influential force in the English psychedelic movement. Wikipedia
Milton Babbitt
American Composer
Milton Byron Babbitt was an American composer, music theorist, and teacher. He is particularly noted for his serial and electronic music. Wikipedia
Johann Sebastian Bach
German Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist of the Baroque period. Wikipedia
Burt Bacharach
American Composer
Burt F. Bacharach is an American pianist, composer and music producer. He is known for his popular hit songs and compositions from the mid-1950s through the 1980s, with lyrics written by Hal David, as part of the duo Bacharach and David. Wikipedia
David Baker
American Composer
David Nathaniel Baker Jr. is an American symphonic jazz composer at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington. Wikipedia
Samuel Barber
American Composer
Samuel Osborne Barber II was an American composer of orchestral, opera, choral, and piano music. Wikipedia
John Barry
British Composer
John Barry Prendergast, OBE was an English composer and conductor of film music. Wikipedia
Bela Bartok
Hungarian Composer
Béla Viktor János Bartók was a Hungarian composer and pianist. He is considered one of the most important composers of the 20th century and is regarded, along with Liszt, as Hungary's greatest composer . Wikipedia
Thomas Beecham
English Composer
Sir Thomas Beecham, Bt, CH was an English conductor and impresario best known for his association with the London Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic orchestras. Wikipedia
Ludwig van Beethoven
German Composer
Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. Wikipedia
Richard Rodney Bennett
British Composer
Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, CBE was an English composer renowned for his film scores and his jazz performance as much as for his challenging concert works. He was based in New York City from 1979 until his death in 2012. Wikipedia
Alban Berg
Austrian Composer
Alban Maria Johannes Berg was an Austrian composer. Wikipedia
Arthur Berger
American Composer
Arthur Victor Berger was an American composer who has been described as a New Mannerist. Wikipedia
Luciano Berio
Italian Composer
Luciano Berio, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI was an Italian composer. He is noted for his experimental work and also for his pioneering work in electronic music. Wikipedia
Hector Berlioz
French Composer
Hector Berlioz was a French Romantic composer, best known for his compositions Symphonie fantastique and Grande messe des morts . Berlioz made significant contributions to the modern orchestra with his Treatise on Instrumentation. Wikipedia
Elmer Bernstein
American Composer
Elmer Bernstein was an American composer and conductor best known for his many film scores. In a career which spanned fifty years, he composed music for hundreds of film and television productions. Wikipedia
Leonard Bernstein
American Composer
Leonard Bernstein was an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. He was among the first conductors born and educated in the United States of America to receive worldwide acclaim. Wikipedia
William Billings
American Composer
William Billings was an American choral composer, and is widely regarded as the father of American choral music. Billings created what is now recognized as a uniquely American style. Wikipedia
Harrison Birtwistle
British Composer
Sir Harrison Paul Birtwistle CH is a British composer. Wikipedia
Georges Bizet
French Composer
Georges Bizet , formally Alexandre César Léopold Bizet, was a French composer, mainly of operas. Wikipedia
Eubie Blake
American Composer
James Hubert Blake was an American composer, lyricist, and pianist of ragtime, jazz, and popular music. Wikipedia
William Bolcom
American Composer
William Elden Bolcom is an American composer and pianist. He has received the Pulitzer Prize, the National Medal of Arts, two Grammy Awards, the Detroit Music Award and was named 2007 Composer of the Year by Musical America. Wikipedia
Alexander Borodin
Russian Composer
Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin was a Russian Romantic composer, doctor and chemist. He was a member of the group of composers called The Five , who were dedicated to producing a specifically Russian kind of art music. Wikipedia
Andre Boucourechliev
French Composer
André Boucourechliev was a French composer of Bulgarian origin. Wikipedia
Pierre Boulez
French Composer
Pierre Boulez is a French composer, a conductor and a pianist. Wikipedia
Paul Bowles
American Composer
Paul Frederic Bowles was an American expatriate composer, author, and translator. Wikipedia
Anne Boyd
Australian Composer
Anne Elizabeth Boyd AM is an Australian composer and Professor of Music at the University of Sydney. Wikipedia
Johannes Brahms
German Composer
Johannes Brahms was a German composer and pianist. Wikipedia
Benjamin Britten
English Composer
Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten, OM CH was an English composer, conductor, and pianist. He was a central figure of 20th-century British classical music, and wrote music in many genres, from film scores to opera. Wikipedia
Big Bill Broonzy
American Composer
Big Bill Broonzy was a prolific American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. His career began in the 1920s when he played country blues to mostly African-American audiences. Wikipedia
Earle Brown
American Composer
Earle Brown was an American composer who established his own formal and notational systems. Wikipedia
Gavin Bryars
English Composer
Richard Gavin Bryars is an English composer and double bassist. Wikipedia
Harold Budd
American Composer
Harold Budd is an American avant-garde composer and poet. He was born in Los Angeles, and raised in the Mojave Desert. He has developed a style of playing piano he terms "Soft Pedal." Wikipedia
Carter Burwell
American Composer
Carter Benedict Burwell is an American composer of film scores. Wikipedia
Irving Caesar
American Composer
Irving Caesar was an American lyricist and theater composer who wrote lyrics for numerous song standards including "Swanee," "Sometimes I'm Happy," "Crazy Rhythm," and "Tea for Two," one of the most frequently recorded tunes ever written. Wikipedia
John Cage
American Composer
John Milton Cage Jr. was an American composer, music theorist, writer, and artist. Wikipedia
Thomas Campion
English Composer
Thomas Campion was an English composer, poet, and physician. He wrote over a hundred lute songs, masques for dancing, and an authoritative technical treatise on music. Wikipedia
Hoagy Carmichael
American Composer
"Hoagy" Carmichael was an American composer, pianist, singer, actor, and bandleader. Wikipedia
Elliott Carter
American Composer
Elliott Cook Carter, Jr. was an American composer who was twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize. He studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris in the 1930s, then returned to the United States. Wikipedia
Eugene Chadbourne
American Composer
Eugene Chadbourne is an American improvisor, guitarist and banjoist. Highly eclectic and unconventional, Chadbourne's most formative influence is free jazz. He has also been a reviewer for Allmusic and a contributor to Maximum RocknRoll. Wikipedia
Frederic Chopin
Polish Composer
Frédéric François Chopin , born Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin, was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist. He is widely considered one of the greatest Romantic piano composers. Chopin was born in Zelazowa Wola, a village in the Duchy of Warsaw. Wikipedia
Cy Coleman
American Composer
Cy Coleman was an American composer, songwriter, and jazz pianist. Wikipedia
Aaron Copland
American Composer
Aaron Copland was an American composer, composition teacher, writer, and later in his career a conductor of his own and other American music. Wikipedia
John Corigliano
American Composer
John Corigliano is an American composer of classical music and a teacher of music. He is a distinguished professor of music at Lehman College in the City University of New York. Wikipedia
George Crumb
American Composer
George Crumb is an American composer of contemporary classical music. He is noted as an explorer of unusual timbres, alternative forms of notation, and extended instrumental and vocal techniques. Wikipedia
Peter Maxwell Davies
English Composer
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, CBE is an English composer and conductor and is currently Master of the Queen's Music. Wikipedia
Anthony Davis
American Composer
Carl Davis
American Composer
Carl Davis, CBE is an American-born conductor and composer who has made his home in the UK since 1961. In 1970 he married the English actress Jean Boht. Wikipedia
Claude Debussy
French Composer
Achille-Claude Debussy was a French composer. Along with Maurice Ravel, he was one of the most prominent figures associated with Impressionist music, though he himself intensely disliked the term when applied to his compositions. Wikipedia
Leo Delibes
French Composer
Clément Philibert Léo Delibes was a French composer of ballets, operas, and other works for the stage. His most notable works include ballets Coppélia and Sylvia as well as the operas Le roi l'a dit and Lakmé . Wikipedia
Frederick Delius
English Composer
Frederick Theodore Albert Delius, CH was an English composer. Born in the north of England to a prosperous mercantile family, he resisted attempts to recruit him to commerce. Wikipedia
Antal Dorati
Hungarian Composer
Antal Doráti, KBE was a Hungarian-born conductor and composer who became a naturalized American citizen in 1947. Wikipedia
Anne Dudley
English Composer
Anne Jennifer Beckingham , better known as Anne Dudley, is an English composer and pop musician. Dudley was the first BBC Concert Orchestra's Composer in Association in 2001. She has worked in both the classical and pop genres. Wikipedia
Vernon Duke
Russian Composer
Vernon Duke was an American composer/songwriter, who also wrote under his original name Vladimir Dukelsky. Wikipedia
Antonin Dvorak
Czechoslovakian Composer
Antonín Leopold Dvorák was a Czech composer. Following the nationalist example of Bedrich Smetana, Dvorák frequently employed features of the folk music of Moravia and his native Bohemia . Wikipedia
Hanns Eisler
German Composer
Hanns Eisler was an Austrian composer. Wikipedia
Edward Elgar
British Composer
Sir Edward William Elgar, 1st Baronet, OM, GCVO was an English composer, many of whose works have entered the British and international classical concert repertoire. Wikipedia
Morton Feldman
American Composer
Morton Feldman was an American composer, born in New York City. Wikipedia
Brian Ferneyhough
British Composer
Brian John Peter Ferneyhough is an English composer, who has resided in California, United States since 1987. Wikipedia
Luc Ferrari
French Composer
Luc Ferrari was a French-born composer of Italian heritage, particularly noted for his tape music. Wikipedia
Gerald Finzi
British Composer
Gerald Raphael Finzi was a British composer. Finzi is best known as a song-writer, but also wrote in other genres. Wikipedia
Carlisle Floyd
American Composer
Carlisle Floyd is an American opera composer. The son of a Methodist minister, he based many of his works on themes from the South. Wikipedia
Lukas Foss
German Composer
Lukas Foss was an American composer, pianist, and conductor. Wikipedia
Fred Frith
English Composer
Fred Frith is an English multi-instrumentalist, composer and improvisor. Wikipedia
George Gershwin
American Composer
George Gershwin was an American composer and pianist. Gershwin's compositions spanned both popular and classical genres, and his most popular melodies are widely known. Wikipedia
Orlando Gibbons
English Composer
Orlando Gibbons was an English composer, virginalist and organist of the late Tudor and early Jacobean periods. He was a leading composer in the England of his day. Wikipedia
William Gilbert
British Composer
Umberto Giordano
Italian Composer
Umberto Menotti Maria Giordano was an Italian composer, mainly of operas. Wikipedia
Philip Glass
American Composer
Philip Morris Glass is an American composer and performer of contemporary classical music. He is one of the most influential composers of the late 20th century. Wikipedia
Mikhail Glinka
Russian Composer
Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka , was the first Russian composer to gain wide recognition within his own country, and is often regarded as the father of Russian classical music. Wikipedia
Jerry Goldsmith
American Composer
Jerrald King "Jerry" Goldsmith was an American composer and conductor most known for his work in film and television scoring. Wikipedia
Charles Gounod
French Composer
Charles-François Gounod was a French composer, most well known for his Ave Maria as well as his opera Faust. Another opera by Gounod is Roméo et Juliette. Wikipedia
Edvard Grieg
Norwegian Composer
Edvard Hagerup Grieg was a Norwegian composer and pianist. Wikipedia
Marvin Hamlisch
American Composer
Marvin Frederick Hamlisch was an American composer and conductor. He was one of only eleven EGOTs - those who have been awarded an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. Wikipedia
Lou Harrison
American Composer
Lou Silver Harrison was an American composer. He was a student of Henry Cowell, Arnold Schoenberg, and K. P. H. Notoprojo . Wikipedia
Karl Amadeus Hartmann
German Composer
Karl Amadeus Hartmann was a German composer. Some have lauded him as the greatest German symphonist of the 20th century, although he is now largely overlooked, particularly in English-speaking countries. Wikipedia
Joseph Haydn
Austrian Composer
Franz Joseph Haydn known as Joseph Haydn, was an Austrian composer, one of the most prolific and prominent of the Classical period. Wikipedia
Jerry Herman
American Composer
Jerry Herman is an American composer and lyricist, known for his work in Broadway musical theater. He composed the scores for the hit Broadway musicals Hello, Dolly!, Mame, and La Cage aux Folles. Wikipedia
Bernard Herrmann
American Composer
Bernard Herrmann was an American composer noted for his work in motion pictures. Wikipedia
Alun Hoddinott
Welsh Composer
Alun Hoddinott CBE was a Welsh composer of classical music, one of the first to receive international recognition. Wikipedia
Rupert Holmes
English Composer
Rupert Holmes is a British and American composer, singer-songwriter, musician and author of plays, novels and stories. He is best known for his number one pop hit "Escape " and the song "Him", which reached the number 6 position on the Hot 100 U.S. Wikipedia
Arthur Honegger
Swiss Composer
Arthur Honegger was a Swiss composer, who was born in France and lived a large part of his life in Paris. He was a member of Les Six. Wikipedia
Richard Hovey
American Composer
Richard Hovey was an American poet. Graduating from Dartmouth College in 1885, he is known in part for penning the school Alma Mater, Men of Dartmouth. Wikipedia
Alan Hovhaness
American Composer
Alan Hovhaness was an Armenian-American composer. He was among the most prolific of 20th century composers, his official catalog comprising 67 numbered symphonies and 434 opus numbers. Wikipedia
Bart Howard
American Composer
Bart Howard , born Howard Joseph Gustafson, was the composer and writer of the famous jazz standard "Fly Me To The Moon", which has been performed by singers Bobby Womack, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, Della Reese, Diana Krall, June... Wikipedia
Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Austrian Composer
Johann Nepomuk Hummel was an Austrian composer and virtuoso pianist. His music reflects the transition from the Classical to the Romantic musical era. Wikipedia
Jerry Hunt
American Composer
Jerry Hunt was an American composer who created works using live electronics partly controlled by his ritualistic performance techniques, influenced by his interest in the occult. He committed suicide in response to terminal cancer. Wikipedia
Jacques Ibert
French Composer
Jacques François Antoine Ibert was a French composer. Wikipedia
Charles Ives
American Composer
Charles Edward Ives was an American modernist composer. He is one of the first American composers of international renown, though Ives' music was largely ignored during his life, and many of his works went unperformed for many years. Wikipedia
Maurice Jarre
French Composer
Maurice-Alexis Jarre was a French composer and conductor. His son is the electronic composer Jean Michel Jarre. Wikipedia
Keith Jarrett
American Composer
Keith Jarrett is an American pianist and composer who performs both jazz and classical music. Wikipedia
Zoltan Kodaly
Hungarian Composer
Zoltán Kodály was a Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist, pedagogue, linguist, and philosopher. He is best known internationally as the creator of the Kodály Method. Wikipedia
Barbara Kolb
American Composer
Barbara Kolb is an American composer. Her music uses sound masses and often creates vertical structures through simultaneous rhythmic or melodic units . She was the first American woman composer to win the Prix de Rome. She received her B.M. and M. Wikipedia
Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Austrian Composer
Erich Wolfgang Korngold was an Austrian film and romantic music composer. While his compositional style was considered well out of vogue at the time he died, his music has more recently undergone a reevaluation and a gradual reawakening of interest. Wikipedia
Fritz Kreisler
Austrian Composer
Friedrich "Fritz" Kreisler was an Austrian-born violinist and composer. Wikipedia