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People who create music. More specifically, people who put extremely careful craftsmanship into their music. These aren't just artists that "jam out" their songs. These are artists who usually use sheet music, or at the very least computer software to plan out their music.

Baroque (1600–1760) Classical (1730–1820) Romantic (1815–1910)

Impressionist (1880s–1920s)

Verismo (1880s–1920s)

Atonal and Avant-Garde

  • Milton Babbitt: took serialism to the next level with total serialism. Also one of the earliest electronic music composers.
  • Béla Bartók: focused on folk music instead of traditional tonality.
  • Alban Berg: successfully combined Romanticism with the twelve-tone technique, most notably in his Violin Concerto.
  • John Cage: Everything Is an Instrument meets True Art Is Incomprehensible in a good way. Also known for chance music and indeterminacy.
  • Philip Glass, composer of the score for The Thin Blue Line, Koyaanisqatsi, and the Stephen Hawking biopic A Brief History of Time (not related to the book of the same name), and an accomplished composer in his own right, besides, Glass is also notable for collaborating with Mickey Hart (drummer from The Grateful Dead) on the intro music for the Opening Ceremony at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, a work named "Call to the Nations". Also known for minimalism.
  • Charles Ives: Wrote experimental music using vernacular music and also did a lot of Church music. He was a fan of polytonality and manly dissonance.
  • Steve Reich: one of the biggest names in minimalism. He is an influence for all sorts of things, even the music to Gradius.
  • Arnold Schoenberg: invented twelve-tone serialism. One of the first people in the atonal genre and the springboard for the later total serialism.

Neotonality and Neoclassicism

  • Samuel Barber: wrote "Adagio for Strings".
  • Aaron Copland: Mentioned in a few spots on the Wiki. "Fanfare for the Common Man" is Awesome Music in distilled form, but he's probably most famous for Rodeo which you've almost certainty heard, either in a western or in the background while someone told you what Beef is for, and while he didn't compose the melody, he did immortalize the Shaker hymn "Simple Gifts" in his ballet Appalachian Spring.
  • Gustav Holst: Born in England to Swedish parents, his suite "The Planets" has been an inspiration to composers for generations. If you've ever watched a movie, you've heard his influence.
  • Scott Joplin: Ragtime pianist known for "The Entertainer", "Maple Leaf Rag" and "Searchlight Rag".
  • Olivier Messiaen: "The most important French composer of born in the twentieth century." Wrote a lot of church music.
  • Sergei Prokofiev: Wrote Peter and the Wolf. Also known for his piano works, motor rhythms, and dissonance.
  • Dmitri Shostakovich: One of the composers who struggled under the Soviet Union. He was criticized, even censured, but was still able to express what was "inexpressible" through his music.
  • Richard Strauss: Wrote 2 symphonies, operas (the most famous being Salome and Der Rosenkavalier), and the tone poem Also sprach Zarathustra.
  • Igor Stravinsky: Wrote The Rite of Spring in 1913. Known as the composer who wouldn't die (lived 1882 to 1971). Also wrote Firebird and Petrushka.

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Film and Television Score Composers


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