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List of Romantic-era composers

This is a list of Romantic-era composers. Note that this list is purely chronological, and also includes a substantial number of composers, especially those born after 1860, whose works cannot be conveniently classified as "Romantic".


  • Classical-era/Romantic-era composers (born 1770–99) 1
  • Early Romantic-era composers (born 1800–19) 2
  • Middle Romantic-era composers (born 1820–39) 3
  • Late Romantic-era composers (born 1840–59) 4
  • Romantic-era/20th-century classical composers (born 1860–79) 5
  • Timeline 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8

Classical-era/Romantic-era composers (born 1770–99)

Name Date born Date died Nationality Comments
Ludwig van Beethoven 1770 1827 German composer and pianist, regarded by many as the first Romantic-era composer, best known for Symphony No. 5 and Für Elise among others.
Ferdinando Carulli 1770 1841 Italian composer for the guitar, wrote concertos and chamber music.
Édouard Du Puy 1770 1822 Swiss composer, singer, director and violinist.
Peter Hänsel 1770 1831 German-Austrian composer and violinist.
James Hewitt 1770 1827 American composer, conductor and music publisher.
Anton Reicha 1770 1836 Czech-born French composer who experimented with irregular time signatures in his keyboard fugues, composed a large number of significant works for wind quintet.
Christian Heinrich Rinck 1770 1846 German composer and organist.
Jan August Vitásek 1770 1839 Bohemian composer.
Adam Valentin Volckmar 1770 1851 German composer.
Friedrich Witt 1770 1836 German composer and cellist.
Johann Baptist Cramer 1771 1858 English musician of German origin.
Ferdinando Paer 1771 1839 Italian composer.
Maria Frances Parke 1772 1822 English composer, pianist and soprano.
François-Louis Perne 1772 1832 French composer and musicographer.
Josef Triebensee 1772 1846 Bohemian composer and oboist.
Johann Wilhelm Wilms 1772 1847 Dutch-German composer, best known for writing Wien Neêrlands Bloed, which served as the Dutch national anthem from 1815 to 1932.
Sophie Bawr 1773 1860 French composer, writer and playwright.
Pietro Generali 1773 1832 Italian composer of operas and vocal music.
Wenzel Thomas Matiegka 1773 1830 Bohemian composer.
Bartolomeo Bortolazzi 1773 1820 Italian mandolin and guitar virtuoso and composer.
Pierre Rode 1774 1830 French composer and violinist.
Gaspare Spontini 1774 1851 Italian opera composer and conductor.
Václav Tomášek 1774 1850 Czech composer and music teacher.
Christoph Ernst Friedrich Weyse 1774 1842 Danish composer in the Danish Golden Age.
Johann Anton André 1775 1842 German composer and music publisher.
François-Adrien Boieldieu 1775 1834 French composer.
João Domingos Bomtempo 1775 1842 Portuguese composer, pianist and pedagogue.
Bernhard Crusell 1775 1838 Finnish composer and clarinet player.
Sophia Dussek 1775 1847 Scottish composer of Italian descent, singer, pianist and harpist.
François de Fossa 1775 1849 French composer and guitarist.
Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann 1776 1822 German composer, author of fantasy and horror, jurist, music critic, draftsman and caricaturist.
Joseph Küffner 1776 1856 German composer and musician.
Philipp Jakob Riotte 1776 1856 German composer.
Ignaz von Seyfried 1776 1841 Austrian composer, musician and conductor.
Ludwig Berger 1777 1839 German composer, pianist and piano teacher.
Pauline Duchambge 1778 1858 French composer and pianist.
Johann Nepomuk Hummel 1778 1837 Austrian composer and pianist, his music bridged the Classical era of music and Romantic era of music.
Sigismund von Neukomm 1778 1858 Austrian composer and pianist.
Fernando Sor 1778 1839 Spanish composer for the classical guitar who is credited with elevating the guitar to the level of concert instrument.
William Knyvett 1779 1856 British composer and singer.
Louise Reichardt 1779 1826 German composer and songwriter.
Luigi Antonio Calegari 1780 1849 Italian opera composer.
Conradin Kreutzer 1780 1849 German composer and conductor.
Louis François Dauprat 1781 1868 French composer, horn player and music professor at the Conservatoire de Paris.
Anton Diabelli 1781 1858 Austrian composer, music publisher and editor.
Mauro Giuliani 1781 1828 Italian composer and virtuoso guitarist.
Anthony Heinrich 1781 1861 American composer.
Sophie Lebrun 1781 1863 German composer and pianist.
François Joseph Naderman 1781 1835 French composer, harpist and teacher.
Daniel Auber 1782 1871 French opera composer, noted for La muette de Portici.
Carlo Coccia 1782 1873 Italian opera composer.
John Field 1782 1837 Irish composer and pianist, notable for cultivating the nocturne.
Niccolò Paganini 1782 1840 Italian composer and virtuoso violinist, wrote the 24 Caprices for violin, five concerti for violin, string quartets and works for violin and guitar.
Charlotta Seuerling 1782 1828 Swedish composer, concert singer, harpsichordist and poet.
Friedrich Dotzauer 1783 1860 German composer and cellist.
Teresa Belloc-Giorgi 1784 1855 Italian composer and contralto.
Martin-Joseph Mengal 1784 1851 Belgian composer and instructor.
Francesco Morlacchi 1784 1841 Italian composer.
George Onslow 1784 1853 Anglo-French composer.
Ferdinand Ries 1784 1838 German composer, friend and pupil of Ludwig van Beethoven.
Louis Spohr 1784 1859 German composer, violinist and conductor, renowned for chamber music and compositions for violin and harp.
Alexandre Pierre François Boëly 1785 1858 French composer, organist and pianist.
Bettina von Arnim 1785 1859 German composer, writer and novelist.
Catherina Cibbini-Kozeluch 1785 1858 Austrian composer of Bohemian ancestry and pianist.
Isabella Colbran 1785 1845 Spanish composer and opera singer.
Karol Kurpiński 1785 1857 Polish composer, conductor and pedagogue.
Marie Bigot 1785 1820 French composer and piano teacher.
Henry Bishop 1786 1855 English composer.
Friedrich Kuhlau 1786 1832 German-Danish composer.
Pietro Raimondi 1786 1853 Italian composer.
Carl Maria von Weber 1786 1826 German composer, conductor, pianist, guitarist and critic, one of the first significant Romantic opera composers.
Alexander Alyabyev 1787 1851 Russian composer, conductor and pianist.
Michele Carafa 1787 1872 Italian opera composer.
Johann Peter Pixis 1788 1874 German composer and pianist.
Simon Sechter 1788 1867 Austrian prolific composer, renowned music theorist, teacher, organist and conductor.
Elena Asachi 1789 1877 Romanian composer of Austrian birth, pianist and singer.
Nicolas-Charles Bochsa 1789 1856 French composer and musician.
Friedrich Ernst Fesca 1789 1826 German composer of instrumental music and violinist.
Maria Agata Szymanowska 1789 1831 Polish composer and virtuoso pianist.
Harriet Browne 1790 1858 English composer and writer.
Isaac Nathan 1790 1864 Anglo-Australian composer, musicologist, journalist and self-publicist known as "the father of Australian music".
Carl Czerny 1791 1857 Austrian composer, teacher and pianist.
Ferdinand Hérold 1791 1833 French operatic composer.
Giacomo Meyerbeer 1791 1864 German composer for grand opera (Il crociato in Egitto, Les Huguenots, L'Africaine).
Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart 1791 1844 Austrian composer, pianist, conductor and teacher.
Carlo Evasio Soliva 1791 1853 Swiss-Italian composer.
Jan Václav Voříšek 1791 1825 Bohemian composer, pianist and organist.
Gioachino Rossini 1792 1868 Italian prolific opera composer, best known for The Barber of Seville.
Hedda Wrangel 1792 1833 Swedish composer.
Cipriani Potter 1792 1871 English composer, teacher and pianist.
Gertrude van den Bergh 1793 1840 Dutch composer and pianist.
Bernhard Klein 1793 1832 German composer.
Caroline Ridderstolpe 1793 1878 Swedish composer and singer.
Princess Amalie of Saxony 1794 1870 German composer.
Ignaz Moscheles 1794 1870 Czech composer and piano virtuoso, head of the Leipzig Conservatory after Felix Mendelssohn.
Josif Šlezinger 1794 1870 Serbian composer.
Heinrich Marschner 1795 1861 German composer of opera between Carl Maria von Weber and Richard Wagner.
Saverio Mercadante 1795 1870 Italian composer.
Nikolaos Mantzaros 1795 1872 Greek composer.
Franz Berwald 1796 1868 Swedish composer, little known in his lifetime, but his works, including his four symphonies are better known today.
Helene Liebmann 1796 1835 German composer and pianist.
Carl Loewe 1796 1869 German composer, baritone singer and conductor.
Mathilda d'Orozco 1796 1863 Swedish composer, noble, salonist, poet, writer, singer, amateur actress and harpsichordist.
Giovanni Pacini 1796 1867 Italian composer.
Emilie Zumsteeg 1796 1857 German composer, pianist, songwriter and choir conductor.
Luigi Castellacci 1797 1845 Italian virtuoso on the mandolin and guitar, instrumental composer and author of popular French romances with guitar and piano accompaniments.
Gaetano Donizetti 1797 1848 Italian opera composer, known for Lucia di Lammermoor and L'elisir d'amore among others.
Franz Schubert 1797 1828 Austrian composer, best known for his more than 600 lieder, chamber music, piano works and symphonies.
Annette von Droste-Hülshoff 1797 1848 German composer and writer.
Antonio Rolla 1798 1837 Italian composer and violin and viola virtuoso.
Olivia Buckley 1799 1847 English composer, harpist and organist.
Maria Fredrica von Stedingk 1799 1868 Swedish composer and courtier.
Fromental Halévy 1799 1862 French composer.
Oscar I of Sweden 1799 1859 Swedish composer and king of Sweden and Norway.

Repertoire key: B=In Classical Net's basic Timeline of Major Composers 1600–present[1]

Early Romantic-era composers (born 1800–19)

Name Date born Date died Nationality Comments
Vincenzo Bellini 1801 1835 Italian opera composer, known for I Puritani, Norma and La sonnambula among others.
Tomasz Padura 1801 1871 Ukrainian-Polish poet of the so-called Ukrainian school, musician-torbanist and composer-songwriter.
Jean-Baptiste Duvernoy 1802 1880 French composer and pianist.
Amédée Méreaux 1802 1874 French composer, his works are somewhat known for their immense difficulties.
Cesare Pugni 1802 1870 Italian prolific composer of ballet music.
Eliza Flower 1803 1846 English composer.
Adolphe Adam 1803 1856 French composer, best known for his ballet score, Giselle.
Hector Berlioz 1803 1869 French composer, famous for his programmatic symphony, Symphonie Fantastique.
Henri Herz 1803 1888 Austrian composer and pianist.
Franz Lachner 1803 1890 German composer and conductor, brother of Ignaz Lachner & Vinzenz Lachner.
Louise Farrenc 1804 1875 French composer of three symphonies and many chamber works including the earliest known sextet for piano and wind quintet (1852).
Mikhail Glinka 1804 1857 Russian nationalist composer whose works include the opera, A Life for the Tsar.
Johann Strauss I 1804 1849 Austrian dance music composer, famous for Radetzky March.
Fanny Mendelssohn 1805 1847 German composer and pianist, sister of Felix Mendelssohn, mainly known for her vocal compositions and chamber music.
Leopold von Zenetti 1805 1892 Austrian composer, mainly known for being one of Anton Bruckner's masters.
Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga 1806 1826 Spanish composer who died at nineteen and by which time he had already been nicknamed the "Spanish Mozart" for his Symphony in D and three string quartets.
Johann Kaspar Mertz 1806 1856 Hungarian composer, known for his guitar pieces.
Johann Friedrich Franz Burgmüller 1806 1874 German composer and pianist, brother of Norbert Burgmüller.
Carlo Curti 1807 1872 Italian cellist, performer and educator at Royal School of Music in Parma who composed cello and piano music.
Ignaz Lachner 1807 1895 German conductor, composer and organist, a prolific composer, notable for his chamber music such as his string quartets and trios.
Michael William Balfe 1808 1870 Irish conductor and composer, remembered for his opera, The Bohemian Girl.
Sebastián Iradier 1809 1865 Spanish composer, best known for La Paloma.
Felix Mendelssohn 1809 1847 German conductor, music-director, composer and pianist, brother of Fanny Mendelssohn, best known for Wedding March from A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Otto Lindblad 1809 1864 Swedish composer.
Frédéric Chopin 1810 1849 Polish composer and virtuoso pianist, his output includes nocturnes, ballade, scherzos, etudes and a number of Polish dances such as mazurkas, polonaises and waltzes (including Minute Waltz).
Ferenc Erkel 1810 1893 Hungarian composer of grand opera.
Otto Nicolai 1810 1849 German opera composer and conductor, best known for The Merry Wives of Windsor.
Norbert Burgmüller 1810 1836 German composer, praised by Robert Schumann.
Robert Schumann 1810 1856 German composer and pianist, husband of Clara Schumann, a significant lieder writer, a prolific composer, wrote many short piano pieces, four symphonies, concerti and chamber music.
Ludwig Schuncke 1810 1834 German composer and pianist.
Ferdinand David 1810 1873 German composer and violinist.
Vinzenz Lachner 1811 1893 German composer, brother of Franz Lachner and Ignaz Lachner.
Franz Liszt 1811 1886 Hungarian composer and virtuoso pianist, wrote a number of tone poems and extended piano technique, best known for his Hungarian Rhapsodies and other solo piano works, one of the most influential and distinguished piano composers of the Romantic era.
Ferdinand Hiller 1811 1885 German composer, conductor, writer and music-director, close friend of Felix Mendelssohn.
Wilhelm Taubert 1811 1891 German pianist, composer and conductor whose early works received praise from Felix Mendelssohn.
Ambroise Thomas 1811 1896 French composer, best known for his two operas, Mignon and Hamlet.
Spyridon Xyndas 1812 1896 Greek opera composer and guitarist.
Sigismond Thalberg 1812 1871 Austrian composer and one of the most distinguished pianists of the Romantic era.
Louis-Antoine Jullien 1812 1860 French conductor and composer of light music, king of promenade concerts in England.
Emilie Mayer 1812 1883 German composer of eight symphonies as well as overtures, lieder and numerous chamber works.
Friedrich von Flotow 1812 1883 German composer, chiefly remembered for his opera, Martha.
Alexandre Dubuque 1812 1898 Russian-French composer, known for teaching.
Joaquín Espín y Guillén 1812 1881 Spanish major opera and zarzuela composer and musician, best known for Padilla, Carlo Broschi and El encogido y el estirado.
Johann Rufinatscha 1812 1893 Austrian composer.
Alexander Dargomyzhsky 1813 1869 Russian composer.
Semen Hulak-Artemovsky 1813 1873 Ukrainian opera composer, singer (baritone), actor and dramatist.
George Alexander Macfarren 1813 1887 English major opera composer, best known for Robin Hood, She Stoops to Conquer and Helvellyn, also known as a teacher.
Stephen Heller 1813 1888 Hungarian composer, highly effected the late Romantic composers.
Richard Wagner 1813 1883 German major opera composer, best known for his cycle of four operas, Der Ring des Nibelungen.
Ernst Haberbier 1813 1869 German composer.
Giuseppe Verdi 1813 1901 Italian major opera composer, best known for Nabucco, Rigoletto, La Traviata and Aida.
Charles-Valentin Alkan 1813 1888 French composer and virtuoso pianist.
Andonios Liveralis 1814 1842 Greek opera composer and conductor.
Giuseppe Lillo 1814 1863 Italian composer, best known for his operas amongst which is worth noting Odda di Bernaver and Caterina Howard.
Adolf von Henselt 1814 1889 German composer and pianist.
Philipp Fahrbach der Ältere 1815 1885 Austrian composer, father of Philipp Fahrbach der Jüngere
Josephine Lang 1815 1880 German composer and pianist.
Ferdinand Praeger 1815 1891 German composer and pianist.
Robert Volkmann 1815 1883 German composer, companion of Johannes Brahms.
William Sterndale Bennett 1816 1875 English composer, conductor and editor.
Charles Dancla 1817 1907 French violinist, composer and teacher.
Émile Prudent 1817 1863 French pianist and composer.
Károly Thern 1817 1886 Hungarian composer, conductor and teacher.
Niels Gade 1817 1890 Danish composer, organist.
Henry Litolff 1818 1891 British pianist, composer and music publisher, best known for his Concerto Symphoniques.
Charles Gounod 1818 1893 French composer, best known for his two operas, Faust and Roméo et Juliette.
Antonio Bazzini 1818 1897 Italian violinist, composer and teacher, best known for The Dance of the Goblins.
Jacques Offenbach 1819 1880 French opera and operetta composer, known for The Tales of Hoffmann and Orpheus in the Underworld.
Franz von Suppé 1819 1895 Austrian composer and conductor, notable for his operettas.
Stanisław Moniuszko 1819 1872 Polish composer, best known as the Father of Polish National Opera.
Clara Schumann 1819 1896 German composer and pianist, wife of Robert Schumann, one of the leading pianists of the Romantic era.

Middle Romantic-era composers (born 1820–39)

Name Date born Date died Nationality Comments
Henri Vieuxtemps 1820 1881 Belgian composer and violinist.
Giovanni Bottesini 1821 1889 Italian conductor, composer and double bass virtuoso.
Josip Runjanin 1821 1878 Serbian composer.
Emilie Hammarskjöld 1821 1854 Swedish composer, concert pianist and organist.
Joachim Raff 1822 1882 Swiss-born German composer, best known for eleven symphonies, most of them program music.
César Franck 1822 1890 Belgian-born French composer, noted for his Symphony in D minor, also a significant composer for the organ.
Luigi Arditi 1822 1903 Italian composer, violinist and conductor.
Édouard Lalo 1823 1892 French composer, remembered for his Symphonie Espagnole for violin and orchestra and his Cello Concerto.
Theodor Kirchner 1823 1903 German composer and pianist, he wrote over 1,000 piano pieces.
Kurmangazy Sagyrbayuly 1823 1896 Kazakhstani composer.
Anton Bruckner 1824 1896 Austrian composer of nine large-scale symphonies (one incomplete) and two more unacknowledged.
Bedřich Smetana 1824 1884 Czech nationalist composer, best known for his cycle of six symphonic poems, Má vlast and his opera, The Bartered Bride.
Carl Reinecke 1824 1910 German composer, conductor and pianist, best known for his attachment to classical forms and conducted Gewandhausorchester for nearly 35 years.
Jean-Baptiste Arban 1825 1889 French composer and virtuoso cornetist, wrote the "Grande méthode complète pour cornet à pistons et de saxhorn" now referred to as the "Trumpeter's Bible".
Johann Strauss II 1825 1899 Austrian composer known as "The Waltz King", son of Austrian dance music composer Johann Strauss I and elder brother of Josef Strauss and Eduard Strauss, best known for Blue Danube Waltz and his opera, Die Fledermaus.
Richard Hol 1825 1904 Dutch organ composer.
Stephen Foster 1826 1864 American composer and songwriter known as "the father of American music", best known for "Oh! Susanna", "Camptown Races", "Old Folks at Home", "My Old Kentucky Home", "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair", "Old Black Joe" and "Beautiful Dreamer".
Ivar Hallström 1826 1901 Swedish opera composer.
Ludwig Minkus 1826 1917 Austrian composer of ballet music.
Prince Gustav, Duke of Uppland 1827 1852 Swedish composer and the second son of Oscar I of Sweden.
Josef Strauss 1827 1870 Austrian composer and younger brother of Johann Strauss II.
Adolphe Blanc 1828 1885 French composer of chamber music.
Johann Dubez 1828 1891 Italian composer and mandolinist.
Jacques Blumenthal 1829 1908 German composer.
Louis Moreau Gottschalk 1829 1869 American composer, famous for performing his own romantic piano works.
Anton Rubinstein 1829 1894 Russian conductor, composer and pianist.
Karl Goldmark 1830 1915 Hungarian composer.
Hans von Bülow 1830 1894 German conductor, composer and virtuoso pianist.
Ivan Larionov 1830 1889 Russian composer, writer and folklorist.
Kornelije Stanković 1831 1865 Serbian composer.
Jan Gerard Palm 1831 1906 Curaçaoan composer, best known for his mazurkas, waltzes, danzas, tumbas, fantasies and serenades.
Hiromori Hayashi 1831 1896 Japanese composer, known for the Japanese national anthem, Kimigayo.
Joseph Joachim 1831 1907 Hungarian composer, violinist, conductor and teacher.
Eduardo Mezzacapo 1832 1898 Italian mandolin virtuoso, composer and teacher, known for Aubade for Mandolin, Violin and Guitar and Tarantella "Napoli".
August Söderman 1832 1876 Swedish composer, best known for his lieder and choral works.
Francis Edward Bache 1833 1858 English composer and organist.
Alexander Borodin 1833 1887 Russian chemist and nationalist composer, part of the Russian Five, wrote the opera, Prince Igor.
Johannes Brahms 1833 1897 German composer, one of the leading musicians of the Romantic period, best known for his four symphonies, Violin Concerto, two piano concertos, and A German Requiem.
Amilcare Ponchielli 1834 1886 Italian opera composer, known for La Gioconda.
Tekla Bądarzewska-Baranowska 1834 1861 Polish composer.
Julius Reubke 1834 1858 German piano and organ composer, known for Sonata on the 94th Psalm.
Peter Benoit 1834 1901 Flemish composer.
Giuseppe Branzoli 1835 1909 Italian mandolinist, violinist, composer and music historian.
Felix Draeseke 1835 1913 German composer.
Camille Saint-Saëns 1835 1921 French music critic, composer, pianist and an exceptional organist, best known for his biblical opera, Samson et Dalila.
Henryk Wieniawski 1835 1880 Polish composer and violinist, famous for two concertos and character pieces of exceptional difficulty.
Eduard Strauss 1835 1916 Austrian composer and younger brother of Johann Strauss II and Josef Strauss.
César Cui 1835 1918 Russian army officer, music critic and composer of the Russian Five.
Davorin Jenko 1835 1914 Slovenian-born Serbian composer and conductor.
Friedrich Baumfelder 1836 1916 German piano, choral, and orchestra composer, in his day known for his 'Tirocinium musicae' and today known for his 'Melody in F major'.
Léo Delibes 1836 1891 French composer, one of the first significant ballet composers since the Baroque music, known for Coppélia, Sylvia, and Lakmé.
Antônio Carlos Gomes 1836 1896 Brazilian opera composer, praised by Franz Liszt and Giuseppe Verdi whose Il Guarany premiered at La Scala in 1870, a first opera ballo for the composer from the New World.
Bertha Tammelin 1836 1915 Swedish composer, concert pianist and opera singer.
Julius Weissenborn 1837 1888 German bassoonist, composer and music teacher, famous for his Practical Bassoon School.
Émile Waldteufel 1837 1915 French composer of light music.
Mily Balakirev 1837 1910 Russian nationalist composer and the leader of the Russian Five.
Georges Bizet 1838 1875 French
Georges Bizet
composer, best known for his final opera, Carmen.
Max Bruch 1838 1920 German composer, known for his Violin Concerto No. 1, Scottish Fantasy and Kol Nidrei for cello and orchestra.
Modest Mussorgsky 1839 1881 Russian
Modest Mussorgsky
nationalist composer and the member of the Russian Five, best known for his piano suite, Pictures at an Exhibition.
John Knowles Paine 1839 1906 American first native-born American composer to acquire international fame for his large-scale orchestral music.
Josef Rheinberger 1839 1901 German composer and organist, born in Liechtenstein, primarily noted for his organ music including 20 sonatas.

Late Romantic-era composers (born 1840–59)

Name Date born Date died Nationality Comments
Louis-Albert Bourgault-Ducoudray 1840 1910 French composer.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1840 1893 Russian composer, best known for his three ballets, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty, his opera, Eugene Onegin, his 1812 Overture, his Piano Concerto No. 1, his Violin Concerto and his six symphonies.
John Stainer 1840 1901 English composer and organist.
Johan Svendsen 1840 1911 Norwegian composer, conductor and violinist.
Emmanuel Chabrier 1841 1894 French composer who influenced Maurice Ravel, Les Six, Jean Françaix and many other French composers, known for the opera, L'étoile and the rhapsody, España.
Felip Pedrell 1841 1922 Spanish composer of opera, zarzuela and church music who taught and influenced Isaac Albéniz, Enrique Granados and Manuel de Falla.
Giovanni Sgambati 1841 1914 Italian composer, conductor and pianist.
Antonín Dvořák 1841 1904 Czech composer, best known for New World Symphony.
Giuseppe Silvestri 1841 1921 Italian composer and mandolin virtuoso.
Arrigo Boito 1842 1918 Italian composer and librettist, known as a composer for his opera, Mefistofele.
Mykola Lysenko 1842 1912 Ukrainian composer, pianist, conductor and ethnomusicologist.
Johann Nepomuk Fuchs 1842 1899 Austrian composer, conductor, teacher and editor.
Jules Massenet 1842 1912 French composer, best known for his two operas, Manon and Werther and the Méditation for violin from the opera, Thaïs.
Arthur Sullivan 1842 1900 English composer, known for his operettas in collaboration with William Schwenck Gilbert.
Calixa Lavallée 1842 1891 Canadian composer, known for the Canadian national anthem, O Canada.
Émile Bernard 1843 1902 French composer and organist, known for his Divertissement For Doubled Wind Quintet.
Philipp Fahrbach der Jüngere 1843 1894 Austrian composer, son of Philipp Fahrbach der Ältere
David Popper 1843 1913 Czech composer and virtuoso cellist, known for his 40 etudes, 4 concerti and Hungarian Rhapsody for cello and orchestra.
Edvard Grieg 1843 1907 Norwegian composer, known for his 1875 incidental music, Peer Gynt.
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov 1844 1908 Russian composer and the member of the Russian Five, best known for Flight of the Bumblebee from The Tale of Tsar Saltan.
Pietro Armanini 1844 1895 Italian composer, virtuoso mandolinist and teacher, known for his performances and two dances, La cigale polka pour (The Grasshopper Polka) and L'éventail polka-mazurka (The Range Mazurka).
Pablo de Sarasate 1844 1908 Spanish virtuoso violinist and composer, best known for Zigeunerweisen, Carmen Fantasy and his showpieces for the violin.
Charles-Marie Widor 1844 1937 French composer, known for his works for the organ.
Friedrich Nietzsche 1844 1900 German philologist, philosopher, cultural critic, poet and composer.
Ion Ivanovici 1845 1902 Serbian-born Romanian composer, known for his waltz, Waves of the Danube.
Gabriel Fauré 1845 1924 French composer, known for his chamber music and a requiem among other pieces.
Ignaz Brüll 1846 1907 Austrian composer and pianist.
Luigi Denza 1846 1922 Italian opera composer, composed and played for mandolin and guitar.
Ferdinando de Cristofaro 1846 1890 Italian mandolin virtuoso, pianist, composer and music teacher.
Zygmunt Noskowski 1846 1909 Polish composer, conductor and teacher.
Robert Fuchs 1847 1927 Austrian composer and music teacher.
Chiquinha Gonzaga 1847 1935 Brazilian composer, pianist, and conductor.
Augusta Holmès 1847 1903 French composer of Irish descent.
Philipp Scharwenka 1847 1917 German-Polish composer and music teacher, brother of Xaver Scharwenka.
Henri Duparc 1848 1933 French composer, noted for seventeen melodies.
Hubert Parry 1848 1918 English composer, wrote choral song, Jerusalem.
Benjamin Godard 1849 1895 French composer and violinist.
Ernesto Köhler 1849 1907 Italian flautist and composer, known by flautists for his instructional work, Progress In Flute Playing.
C. A. Bracco 1850 1903 Italian mandolinist, violinist, composer and conductor, known for I mandolini a congresso.
Zdeněk Fibich 1850 1900 Czech composer, best known for his two operas, Šárka and The Bride of Messina.
Xaver Scharwenka 1850 1924 German-Polish composer, pianist and music teacher, brother of Philipp Scharwenka.
Alexandre Luigini 1850 1906 French composer and conductor.
Josif Marinković 1851 1931 Serbian composer.
Vincent d'Indy 1851 1931 French composer, teacher of Erik Satie and Darius Milhaud among others.
Francisco Tárrega 1852 1909 Spanish composer and virtuoso classical guitarist, known as 'the Father of modern classical guitar playing'.
Hans Huber 1852 1921 Swiss composer.
Charles Villiers Stanford 1852 1924 Irish composer.
Ciprian Porumbescu 1853 1883 Romanian composer.
Teresa Carreño 1853 1917 Venezuelan composer.
Engelbert Humperdinck 1854 1921 German opera composer, influenced by Richard Wagner, famous for Hänsel und Gretel.
Leoš Janáček 1854 1928 Czech composer, known for his two operas, Káťa Kabanová and Jenůfa and his two orchestral pieces, Sinfonietta and Taras Bulba.
Alfredo Catalani 1854 1893 Italian composer, known for his two operas, Loreley and La Wally.
Moritz Moszkowski 1854 1925 German composer and pianist who wrote prolifically for the piano, also composed a piano concerto and a violin concerto.
John Philip Sousa 1854 1932 American composer known as "The March King", best known for The Stars And Stripes Forever.
Bernard Zweers 1854 1924 Dutch composer.
George Whitefield Chadwick 1854 1931 American composer.
Ernest Chausson 1855 1899 French composer, influenced by César Franck and Richard Wagner, seen as a bridge from them to Claude Debussy.
Jean Pietrapertosa 1855 1940 Italian-French composer and mandolin virtuoso.
Julius Röntgen 1855 1932 German-Dutch composer, influenced by Johannes Brahms, close friend to Edvard Grieg.
Anatoly Lyadov 1855 1914 Russian composer, teacher and conductor.
Arnold Mendelssohn 1855 1933 German composer and music teacher.
Stevan Mokranjac 1856 1914 Serbian composer.
Giuseppe Martucci 1856 1909 Italian composer and music teacher.
Sergei Taneyev 1856 1915 Russian composer, pianist and music teacher.
Christian Sinding 1856 1941 Norwegian composer.
Edward Elgar 1857 1934 English composer, wrote oratorios, chamber music, concerti and symphonies, best known for his Enigma Variations, Salut d'Amour, Cello Concerto and his Pomp and Circumstance Marches.
Cécile Chaminade 1857 1944 French composer and pianist.
Ruggero Leoncavallo 1857 1919 Italian opera composer, known almost exclusively for Pagliacci.
Giacomo Puccini 1858 1924 Italian opera composer, known for La bohème, Tosca and Madama Butterfly.
Eugène Ysaÿe 1858 1931 Belgian composer and virtuoso violinist, known for his solo sonatas for violin.
Carlo Curti 1859 1926 Italian composer, conductor and instrumentalist on xylophone and mandolin, wrote mandolin method. Also, he conducted the first Mexican Typical Orchestra (Orquesta Típica Mexicana).
Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov 1859 1935 Russian composer, conductor and teacher.
Victor Herbert 1859 1924 Irish-born American composer, cellist and conductor, best known for his 1903 operetta, Babes in Toyland.
Sergei Lyapunov 1859 1924 Russian composer and pianist.
Per Lasson 1859 1883 Norwegian composer, brother of Norwegian painter, Oda Krohg.
Robert Tolinger 1859 1911 Czech-born Serbian composer and conductor.

Romantic-era/20th-century classical composers (born 1860–79)

Name Date born Date died Nationality Comments
Isaac Albéniz 1860 1909 Spanish composer, known for nationalist piano works such as Iberia and a 'set of 12 piano pieces'.
Valborg Aulin 1860 1928 Swedish pianist and composer.
Gustave Charpentier 1860 1956 French composer, best known for his opera, Louise.
Gustav Mahler 1860 1911 Austrian composer, one of the most important late-Romantic/early-Modernist composers, his works include nine innovative large-scale and sometimes programmatic symphonies and many lieder.
Edward MacDowell 1860 1908 American composer, best known for his piano concertos and piano suites, his works include his most popular short piece, "To a Wild Rose".
Hugo Wolf 1860 1903 Austrian composer of lieder, influenced by Richard Wagner.
Ignacy Jan Paderewski 1860 1941 Polish pianist and composer.
Anton Arensky 1861 1906 Russian composer, pianist and music teacher.
Spyridon Samaras 1861 1917 Greek opera composer, widely known for his composition of the song, "Olympic Hymn".
Wilhelm Berger 1861 1911 German composer, pianist and conductor.
Georgy Catoire 1861 1926 Russian composer.
Václav Suk 1861 1933 Czech-born Russian composer, violinist and conductor.
Claude Debussy 1862 1918 French composer, one of the most prominent figures working within the field of Impressionist music, best known for Clair de Lune from Suite bergamasque.
Frederick Delius 1862 1934 English composer, used chromaticism in many of his compositions.
Edward German 1862 1936 English composer of Welsh descent, known for his three comic operas, Merrie England, A Princess of Kensington and Tom Jones.
Alberto Williams 1862 1952 Argentine composer and conductor.
Pietro Mascagni 1863 1945 Italian opera composer, known for Cavalleria Rusticana.
Gabriel Pierné 1863 1937 French composer, conductor and organist.
Ricardo Castro 1864 1907 Mexican composer, works include piano music.
Alberto Nepomuceno 1864 1920 Brazilian composer.
Clarence L. Partee 1864 1915 American composer for banjo, mandolin and guitar.
Guy Ropartz 1864 1955 French composer and conductor.
Richard Strauss 1864 1949 German composer, known for Also Sprach Zarathustra (based on the book, Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche), wrote many tone poems, operas and lieder.
Paul Dukas 1865 1935 French composer, known for his piece of program music, The Sorcerer's Apprentice.
Eduardo di Capua 1865 1917 Italian composer, known for his song, "’O sole mio".
Herbert J. Ellis 1865 1903 English musician (banjo, mandolin and guitar), wrote method books, more than 1000 compositions.
Paul Gilson 1865 1942 Belgian musician and composer.
Alexander Glazunov 1865 1936 Russian composer, influenced by Richard Wagner and Franz Liszt.
Albéric Magnard 1865 1914 French composer.
Carl Nielsen 1865 1931 Danish composer, renowned for his six symphonies and concerti.
Jean Sibelius 1865 1957 Finnish composer of seven symphonies and the Violin Concerto in D minor, known also for the symphonic poems En saga, Lemminkäinen (which includes the Swan of Tuonela), Finlandia, The Oceanides, and Tapiola.
Vasily Kalinnikov 1866 1901 Russian composer of two symphonies.
Tor Aulin 1866 1914 Swedish violinist, conductor and composer.
Ferruccio Busoni 1866 1924 Italian composer and pianist, known for his opera, Turandot and his many transcriptions and arrangements of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Francesco Cilea 1866 1950 Italian composer, particularly known for his two operas, L'arlesiana and Adriana Lecouvreur.
Vladimir Rebikov 1866 1920 Russian composer and pianist.
Erik Satie 1866 1925 French composer and pianist, best known for Les Trois Gymnopédies.
Johann Strauss III 1866 1939 Austrian composer, son of Eduard Strauss.
Learmont Drysdale 1866 1909 Scottish composer.
Samuel Maykapar 1867 1938 Russian composer.
Amy Beach 1867 1944 American composer and pianist.
Umberto Giordano 1867 1948 Italian opera composer.
Enrique Granados 1867 1916 Spanish composer and pianist, known for his piano works and chamber music.
Wilhelm Peterson-Berger 1867 1942 Swedish composer, wrote symphonies, operas, vocal and piano music.
Charles Koechlin 1867 1950 French composer, teacher and writer on music.
Scott Joplin c. 1867/1868 1917 American composer and pianist known as "The Ragtime King", best known for Maple Leaf Rag and The Entertainer.
Granville Bantock 1868 1946 British composer.
Hermann Bischoff 1868 1936 German composer.
Hamish MacCunn 1868 1916 Scottish composer, conductor and teacher.
Vittorio Monti 1868 1922 Italian composer, violinist and conductor, only famous for Csárdás.
Juventino Rosas 1868 1894 Mexican composer, known for his song, "Sobre las Olas".
Jan Brandts Buys 1868 1933 Dutch-Austrian composer.
Tokichi Setoguchi 1868 1941 Japanese composer, music educator, conductor and clarinetist, famous for Warship March.
Seth Weeks 1868 1953 American composer, music educator, jazz bandleader and mandolinist.
Demetrios Lialios 1869 1940 Greek composer of chamber music.
Julius Conus 1869 1942 Russian composer and violinist.
Albert Roussel 1869 1937 French composer.
Alfred Hill 1869 1960 Australian-New Zealand composer, conductor and teacher.
Leopold Godowsky 1870 1938 Polish composer, pianist and teacher.
Zygmunt Stojowski 1870 1946 Polish composer and pianist.
Franz Lehár 1870 1948 Hungarian composer, mainly known for his operettas.
Florent Schmitt 1870 1958 French composer.
Luigi von Kunits 1870 1931 Serbian-born Austrian composer and conductor, founder of the Pittsburg and Toronto symphony orchestras.
Guillaume Lekeu 1870 1894 Belgian composer, known for his violin sonata.
Alfredo D'Ambrosio 1871 1914 Italian violinist and composer.
Giacomo Balla 1871 1958 Italian futurist composer and artist.
Henry Kimball Hadley 1871 1937 American composer and conductor, known for the opera, Cleopatra's Night.
Oreste Ravanello 1871 1938 Italian composer, known for works for choir and for organ.
Wilhelm Stenhammar 1871 1927 Swedish composer, conductor and pianist.
Alexander von Zemlinsky 1871 1942 Austrian composer and music teacher, his students include Arnold Schoenberg and Erich Wolfgang Korngold.
Stanislav Binički 1872 1942 Serbian composer.
Hugo Alfvén 1872 1960 Swedish composer, known for Swedish Rhapsody, works include choral music and five symphonies.
Julius Fučík 1872 1916 Czech composer and conductor of military bands, known for Entrance of the Gladiators.
Rubin Goldmark 1872 1936 American composer, pianist, educator and nephew of Karl Goldmark.
Alexander Scriabin 1872 1915 Russian composer and pianist, known for his harmonically adventurous piano sonatas and theatrically orchestral works.
Ralph Vaughan Williams 1872 1958 English composer, his works include nine symphonies, Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and other orchestral poems.
Salvator Léonardi 1872 1938 Italian composer, performer and teacher, known for Souvenir de Catania, Souvenir de Napoli, Souvenir de Sicile and Angeli e Demoni.
William Henry Bell 1873 1946 English composer, conductor and lecturer.
Leo Fall 1873 1925 Austrian composer of operettas.
Pascual Marquina Narro 1873 1948 Spanish prolific orchestral and operatic composer.
Sergei Rachmaninoff 1873 1943 Russian composer, conductor and virtuoso pianist, wrote three symphonies, four piano concertos, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and solo piano music.
Max Reger 1873 1916 German prolific composer, known for his Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Mozart.
Reynaldo Hahn 1874 1947 Venezuelan composer, known for his strikingly beautiful and unabashedly tonal melodies.
Gustav Holst 1874 1934 English composer, best known for his orchestral suite, The Planets.
Charles Ives 1874 1954 American composer, member of the American Five, best known for The Unanswered Question and his Concord Sonata.
Arnold Schoenberg 1874 1951 Austrian composer, whose early works (e.g. Verklärte Nacht) are influenced by Richard Wagner, but subsequently developed atonalism and serialism with such watershed works as Moses und Aron.
Josef Suk 1874 1935 Czech composer and violinist.
Franz Schmidt 1874 1939 Austrian composer, influenced by Anton Bruckner and Johannes Brahms.
Reinhold Glière 1875 1956 Russian composer.
Julián Carrillo 1875 1965 Mexican composer, conductor, violinist and music theorist.
Fritz Kreisler 1875 1962 Austrian composer and virtuoso violinist, known for his sweet sound, composed short showpieces for the violin.
Richard Wetz 1875 1935 German composer, influenced by Anton Bruckner.
Maurice Ravel 1875 1937 French composer, best known for Boléro.
Franco Alfano 1875 1954 Italian composer and pianist.
Albert Ketèlbey 1875 1959 English composer, conductor and pianist.
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor 1875 1912 English composer, known for his trilogy of cantatas, The Song of Hiawatha.
Alexander Koshetz 1875 1944 Ukrainian choral conductor, arranger, composer, ethnographer, writer, musicologist and lecturer.
Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis 1875 1911 Lithuanian painter and composer.
Henriette Renié 1875 1956 French harpist and composer.
Edgar Bara 1876 1962 French mandolinist and composer, conducted mandolin orchestra.
John Alden Carpenter 1876 1951 American composer.
Manuel de Falla 1876 1946 Spanish composer, best known for The Three-Cornered Hat.
Mieczysław Karłowicz 1876 1909 Polish composer, his style is of late-Romantic and nationalist character.
Filippo Tommaso Marinetti 1876 1944 Italian futurist composer, poet, and editor.
Fermo Dante Marchetti 1876 1940 Italian composer, best known for the song, "Fascination".
Ludolf Nielsen 1876 1939 Danish composer, violinist, conductor and pianist.
Carl Ruggles 1876 1971 American composer, painter and the member of the American Five, best known for his orchestral work, Sun-Treader.
Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari 1876 1948 Italian composer and music teacher, known for his comic operas.
Petar Krstić 1877 1957 Serbian composer and conductor.
Antonio Russolo 1877 1942 Italian futurist composer and brother of Luigi Russolo.
Ernő Dohnányi 1877 1960 Hungarian conductor, composer and pianist.
Elisabeth Kuyper 1877 1953 Dutch composer and conductor.
Paul Ladmirault 1877 1944 French composer.
Mykola Leontovych 1877 1921 Ukrainian composer, choral conductor and teacher, known to the English speaking world as Carol of the Bells or as Ring Christmas Bells.
Isidor Bajić 1878 1915 Serbian composer, conductor, pedagogue and publisher.
Gabriel Dupont 1878 1914 French composer, known for his operas and chamber music.
Joseph Holbrooke 1878 1958 English composer, conductor and pianist.
Franz Schreker 1878 1934 Austrian conductor, composer and music teacher, primarily a composer of operas.
Frank Bridge 1879 1941 English composer, best known as the teacher of Benjamin Britten; compositions include Oration for cello and orchestra, The Sea for orchestra and four string quartets.
Viggo Brodersen 1879 1965 Danish composer and pianist.
Joseph Canteloube 1879 1957 French composer, primarily known for Chants d'Auvergne.
Hamilton Harty 1879 1941 Irish composer and conductor, best known for An Irish Symphony.
John Ireland 1879 1962 English composer, whose Piano Concerto is representative.
Alma Mahler 1879 1964 Austrian composer and wife of Gustav Mahler.
Otto Olsson 1879 1964 Swedish composer.
Ottorino Respighi 1879 1936 Italian composer, known for his two symphonic poems, The Fountains of Rome and The Pines of Rome.
Rudolf Sieczyński 1879 1952 Austrian composer.
Cyril Scott 1879 1970 English composer, writer and poet.
Rentarō Taki 1879 1903 Japanese composer and pianist.


See also


  1. ^ Classical Net
  • Classical Net, Timeline of Major Composers 1600-Present (PDF), retrieved 2009-05-06  from Classical Net - Composers and Their Works - Timelines
  • Classical Composers Database: Composers timeline (1800-1900). Retrieved 5 July 2006.
  • Machlis, Joseph and Forney, Kristine. The Enjoyment of Music: Seventh Edition, W.W. Norton & Company, 1995, ISBN 0-393-96643-7
  • Moss, Charles K. Claude Debussy and Impressionism at the Wayback Machine (archived February 9, 2008). Retrieved 17 January 2009.
  • Sadie, Julie Anne and Rhian Samuel. The Norton/Grove Dictionary of Women Composers, W.W. Norton & Company, 1995, ISBN 0-333-51598-6
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