Claudio Abbado 1933-2014Genre composed: Classical
Musical Inventions/ Innovations: Music Director of La Scala 1968-1986 and founder of the European Union Youth Orchestra 1978.
Stylistic Traits: Conducting from memory
Inventions: the FM radio, Stereo records, and the drive-in. move theatre.
Krystoff Penderecki 1933-2020Genres Composed: Classical
Musical Inventions: Tubaphones
Stylistic Traits: Using Semitones and Tritones in his violin concertos and then his choral polish requiem.
Henryk Gorecki 1933-2010Genres Composed: Contemporary classical music
Musical Inventions: -----------
Stylistic Traits: Atonality, then abandoned for a reflective gentle style.
Giya Kancheli 1935-2019Genres composed: Classical music (Gregorian)
Musical Inventions: Influence of the Swing era
Stylistic Traits: Harmonized Messian style featuring; modernism and archaic.
Inventions: Watson-Watt radar
Philip Glass 1937-currentGenres composed: Minimalistic contemporary classical film score
Musical Inventions: Hi-Fi sounds, Electrophones
Stylistic Traits: Instrumental, Vocal and Operatic music
Inventions: 1st jet engine and automatic pickup
William Bolcom 1938-currentGenres Composed: Opera
Musical Inventions: ------
Stylistic Traits: Chamber cycles, Concertos, Theatre, Opera, and Symphonies.
Inventions; the 1st Computer
Glenn Gould 1945-1982Genres composed: Classical
Musical Inventions: Small keyboards and long-playing records
Stylistic Traits: Technique of contrapuntal texture in Bach's music
Inventions: The Credit Card
John Adams 1947-currentGenres Composed: Opera and Orchestral
Musical Inventions: The Clavioline
Stylistic Traits: Minimalistic, Post style, repeating patterns
Inventions: The Transmitter
Andrew Lloyd Weber 1948-currentGenres Composed: Musical Theatre
Musical Inventions: Columbia- introduces vinyl records
Stylistic Traits: Musicals and Operas
Libby Larson 1950-currentGenres Composed: Classical
Musical Inventions: Fender and Birth of Rock and Roll
Stylistic Traits: Orchestral, Dance, Opera, Choral, and Chamber/ Solo performance.
Inventions: Radial tires, Computer hard disk, pace maker
Tod Machover 1953-currentGenres Composed: Operas and Classical
Musical Inventions: The Gibson-Les Paul
Stylistic Traits: Futuristic music (Instruments used before popular)
Inventions: Color in TV and Automatic doors
Hans Zimmer 1957-currentGenres Composed: Film Score and recording producer
Musical Inventions: "The Music Man," Telegraph keyboard transmitter.
Stylistic Traits: Baroque classical style to moving adagios
Inventions: Launch of Sputnik
Paco de lucia 1958-2014Genres composed: Spanish flamenco guitar
Musical inventions: Cassette tapes, digital instruments
Stylistic traits: Introduced instruments and techniques that shocked the flamenco world of music.
Inventions: The American Express card, the term "meritocracy," the laser.
Jennifer Higdon 1962-currentGenres Composed: Opera
Musical Inventions: ---------
Stylistic Traits: Modern, Traditional/ Contemporary
Inventions: Push-button telephone
James Horner 1978-2015Genres composed: Film Scores
Musical Inventions: The Jukebox and phonograph
Stylistic Traits: Strong Impressionistic melodies and simple repeated phrases.
Inventions: The Tv and GPS