History of Western Music 1600 to Present

By jhall9
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    Baroque - Early /Common Practice Period Western Music

    Baroque Period
    (Early Period of Western music and Common Preactice)
  • Antonio Vivaldi Born

    Late baroque music (1680–1750)
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Georg Philipp Telemann
    (14 March 1681 – 25 June 1767)
    A German Baroque composer and multi-instrumentalist.
  • George Frideric Handel born

    (23 February 1685 – 14 April 1759)
    A German-British Baroque composer, famous for his operas, oratorios, anthems and organ concertos.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach Born

    Johann Sebastian Bach Born
    (31 March 1685, N.S. – 28 July 1750)
    Baroque Period
    A German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period.
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach born

    Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach born
    (8 March 1714 – 14 December 1788)
    A German Classical period musician and composer.
    Fifth child and second (surviving) son of Johann Sebastian Bach and Maria Barbara Bach.
    He was a crucial composer in the transition between the Baroque and Classical periods, and one of the founders of the Classical style, composing in the Rococo and Classical periods.
  • Franz Joseph Haydn Born

    Franz Joseph Haydn Born
    (31 March 1732 – 31 May 1809)
    An Austrian composer, one of the most prolific and prominent composers of the Classical period.
    He is often called the "Father of the Symphony" and "Father of the String Quartet" because of his important contributions to these forms. He was also instrumental in the development of the piano trio and in the evolution of sonata form.
  • Johann Christian Bach Born

    Johann Christian Bach Born
    Composer of the Classical era.
    Eleventh and youngest son of Johann Sebastian Bach.
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    Classical - Common Practice Period Western Music

    Classical Period
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Born

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Born
    (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791) Baptismal name Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart;
    A prolific and influential composer of the Classical era.
    He composed over 600 works.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven baptized

    (baptized 17 Dec 1770 – 26 Mar 1827)
    A German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential composers of all time.
  • Carl Czerny born

    Carl Czerny born
    (21 February 1791 – 15 July 1857)
    An Austrian pianist, composer and teacher. He is best remembered today for his books of études for the piano. Czerny's music was profoundly influenced by his teachers, Muzio Clementi, Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Antonio Salieri and Ludwig van Beethoven.
  • Franz Peter Schubert born

    (31 January 1797 – 19 November 1828)
    An Austrian composer. One of the leading exponents of the early Romantic era in music and he remains one of the most frequently performed composers.
  • Hector Berlioz born

    (11 Dec 1803 – 8 Mar 1869)
    A French Romantic composer, best known for his compositions Symphonie fantastique and Grande messe des morts (Requiem).
  • Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy born

    Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy born
    (3 Feb 1809 – 4 Nov 1847)
    A German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period.
  • Frédéric François Chopin born

    (22 Feb or 1 Mar 1810 – 17 Oct 1849)
    A Polish composer, virtuoso pianist, and music teacher of French paternity. One of the great masters of Romantic music and has been called "the poet of the piano".
  • Franz Liszt born

    Franz Liszt born
    (October 22, 1811 – July 31, 1886)
    A 19th-century Hungarian composer, pianist, conductor, and teacher.
  • Wilhelm Richard Wagner born

    Wilhelm Richard Wagner born
    (22 May 1813 – 13 Feb 1883)
    A German composer, conductor, theatre director, philosopher, music theorist, poet, essayist and writer primarily known for his operas (or "music dramas", as they were later called).
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    Romantic - Common Practice Period Western Music

    Romantic Period
  • Johannes Brahms born

    Johannes Brahms born
    (7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897)
    A German composer and pianist, and one of the leading musicians of the Romantic period. Born in Hamburg, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna, Austria, where he was a leader of the musical scene.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky born

    (May 7, 1840 – Nov 6, 1893)
    A Russian composer of the Romantic era. His wide-ranging output includes symphonies, operas, ballets, instrumental, chamber music and songs. He wrote some of the most popular concert and theatrical music in the classical repertoire, including the ballets Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker, the 1812 Overture, his First Piano Concerto, his last three numbered symp
  • Antonín Leopold Dvořák born

    Antonín Leopold Dvořák born
    (Sep 8, 1841 – May 1, 1904)
    A Czech composer of late Romantic music. His works include his New World Symphony, the Slavonic Dances, "American" String Quartet, the opera Rusalka, Cello Concerto in B minor and choral works Stabat Mater, Requiem, Op. 89 and Te Deum.
  • Claude-Achille Debussy born

    (22 Aug 1862 – 25 Mar 1918)
    A French composer. Along with Maurice Ravel, he was one of the most prominent figures working within the field of impressionist music, though he himself intensely disliked the term when applied to his compositions.
  • Richard Georg Strauss born

    Richard Georg Strauss born
    (11 June 1864 – 8 Sept 1949)
    A leading German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras. He is known for his operas, which include Der Rosenkavalier and Salome; his Lieder, especially his Four Last Songs; and his tone poems and orchestral works, such as Death and Transfiguration, Strauss was also a prominent conductor throughout Germany and Austria
  • George Gershwin born

    George Gershwin born
    (Sept 26, 1898 – Jul 11, 1937)
    A American composer and pianist. Among his best known works are the orchestral compositions Rhapsody in Blue (1924) and An American in Paris (1928), as well as the opera, Porgy and Bess (1935).
  • Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington born

    Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington born
    (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974)
    An American composer, pianist, and big band leader. Ellington wrote over 1,000 compositions.
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    20th Century - Modern/Contemporary Period Music

    20th Century Period
  • Gian Carlo Menotti born

    Gian Carlo Menotti born
    (July 7, 1911 – Feb 1, 2007)
    An Italian-American composer and librettist. He wrote the classic Christmas opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors, among about two dozen other operas intended to appeal to popular taste. He won the Pulitzer Prize for two of them: The Consul (1950) and The Saint of Bleecker Street (1955).
  • Isang Yun born

    Isang Yun born
    (17 Sep 1917 - 3 Nov 1995)
    A Korean-German composer originally from Korea.
  • George Rochberg born

    (July 5, 1918 – May 29, 2005)
    An American composer of contemporary classical music.
  • Ennio Morricone born

    Ennio Morricone born
    Grand Officer OMRI, is an Italian composer and conductor.
  • John Towner Williams born

    John Towner Williams born
    (born February 8, 1932)
    An American composer, conductor, pianist. Composed some of the most recognizable film scores in history of motion pictures: the Star Wars saga, Jaws, Superman, the Indiana Jones films, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Hook, Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, Home Alone and the first three Harry Potter films
  • Krzysztof Penderecki born

    Krzysztof Penderecki born
    A Polish composer and conductor.
  • Ladislav Karol Kupkovič born

    A Slovak composer and conductor.
  • Philip Glass born

    (born Jan 31, 1937)
    An American music composer. He is considered to be one of the most influential composers of the late 20th century and is widely acknowledged as a composer who has brought art music to the public (along with precursors such as Richard Strauss, Kurt Weill and Leonard Bernstein).
  • David Del Tredici born

    (Born March 16, 1937)
    An American composer.
  • James MacMillan born

    CBE (born 16 July 1959)
    A Scottish classical composer and conductor.
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    Contemporary - Modern/Contemporary Period Music

    Contemporary Period
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    21st Century - Modern/Contemporary Period Music

    21st Century Period