This timeline centers on a selection of famous composers who lived during the Classical and Romantic periods of Classical Music, a period when classical music was at the height of its popularity. For Composers before this time, see Early Music

Michael DaughteryOlivier MessiaenDmitri ShostakovichSergei ProkofievIgor StravinskyBéla BartókOttorino RespighiGustav HolstSergei RachmaninoffRichard StraussClaude DebussyGustav MahlerEdward ElgarNikolai Rimsky KorsakovAntonin DvorakPyotr Ilyich TchaikovskyGeorges BizetCamille Saint-SaensJohannes BrahmsAnton BrucknerRichard WagnerFranz LisztRobert SchumannFrederic ChopinHector BerliozFranz SchubertLudwig BeethovenWolfgang MozartJoseph HaydnGeorge HandelJohann BachAntonio VivaldiHenry Purcell


There is a lot of information about composers on Wikipedia, so there's little point in duplicating it here. Each composer's entry will probably contain a link to Wikipedia, or some other external source.

Some composers may be less well known. Consider making an entry in Wikipedia and linking from here.

So what can we write here? Here we may expect to see some more anecdotal information about composers, or opinions about a composer's music.

For example:


Britten is once said to have commented on Boulez's conducting of Mahler that he (Boulez) persisted in conducting music he doesn't like. When Britten was asked "How do you know?", he replied,"I can tell." [anecdote]

Where sources of anecdotes can be found, they should be cited. If anecdotes are found to be untrue, or "urban myths", they should be removed.

We could also use a section on opinions, to comment on a composer's overall output, or a section on pieces worth hearing. Even a section on pieces to avoid could be useful. Obviously different writers may put a piece in different categories. Let's see what happens!


Under Stravinsky:

Essential piecesEdit

(pieces to hear)

  • Symphony in 3 movements
  • Rite of Spring
  • Firebird


  • Concerto for piano and wind

However, if you must hear this piece, Alexander Toradze and Valery Gergiev do it very well (Dave2010)

List of composers with wiki pagesEdit