The Great Composers

No one likes to arrive too early at a party. There’s no one to talk to and nowhere to hide. You can’t leave without being conspicuously rude.  In due course you find yourself talking about car insurance (or worse still, Brexit) with other new arrivals. Of course, there’s the decor to look at (paintings you don’t much like) and there’s the buffet, tempting but as yet untouchable.

As hosts, though, we’re always grateful to those who arrive early and get things going.

New social networks have a hard time too. What’s the point of joining if no one’s there?

In gigglemusic, our new social network for classical musicians, we try to solve that problem by offering new users content that doesn’t depend on the community being large. We’ve uploaded the schedules of major classical music venues around the world (for the moment mainly opera houses).

We’ve also entered the ‘diaries’ of the world’s greatest composers – well, the greatest composers writing within the Western tradition or having some significant influence on it. By their diaries I mean their dates and places of birth and death (though many are still alive and kicking) and the dates and places of the first performances of their major works. Almost all of this comes from Wikipedia.

It may be a bit like trainspotting, but I, for one, find it mildly interesting to know where this or that masterpiece was first performed, and when.

To review a composer’s diary, start with People, open a profile, tap Diary and then scroll up to go back in time. Tap on an individual work to find out more. There’s usually a Wikipedia article to link to.

 

But who are the world’s greatest composers?

There’s no ideology behind the selection I’ve made, and no conscious exclusions (I’ve even included Carl Orff). They’re just the first 292 composers who came to mind, and for whom there was also a Wikipedia entry. I’m sure the assiduous researcher will detect unconscious bias, but if you do, please tell me who I’ve missed. There’s room for nearly everyone in gigglemusic.

Adam (Adolphe)
Adams (John)
Adès (Thomas)
Albeniz (Isaac)
Albinoni (Tomaso)
Alwyn (William)
Arne (Thomas)
Arnold (Malcolm)
Auric (Georges)
Bach (Carl Philipp Emanuel)
Bach (Johann Sebastian)
Balakirev (Mily)
Barber (Samuel)
Bartok (Bela)
Bax (Arnold)
Beach (Amy)
Beamish (Sally)
Beethoven (Ludwig van)
Bellini (Vincenzo)
Bennett (Richard Rodney)
Berg (Alban)
Berio (Luciano)
Berkeley (Lennox)
Berkeley (Michael)
Berlioz (Hector)
Berners (Gerald (Lord))
Bernstein (Leonard)
Berwald (Franz)
Birtwistle (Harrison)
Bizet (Georges)
Bliss (Arthur)
Blitzstein (Marc)
Bloch (Ernst)
Blow (John)
Bologne (Joseph)
Borodin (Alexander)
Boulanger (Lili)
Boulanger (Nadia)
Boulez (Pierre)
Bowen (York)
Bozza (Eugene)
Brahms (Johannes)
Brian (Havergal)
Bridgetower (George)
Britten (Benjamin)
Bruch (Max)
Bruckner (Anton)
Bush (Alan)
Busoni (Ferrucio)
Butterworth (George)
Buxtehude (Dietrich)
Cage (John)
Canteloube (Joseph)
Carter (Elliot)
Chabrier (Emmanuel)
Chagrin (Francis)
Chaminade (Cécile)
Charpentier (Gustave)
Chausson (Ernest)
Cherubini (Luigi)
Chopin (Frédéric)
Cilea (Francesco)
Cimarosa (Domenico)
Clarke (Rebecca)
Clementi (Muzio)
Coleridge-Taylor (Samuel)
Copland (Aaron)
Corelli (Arcangelo)
Cornelius (Peter)
Couperin (Francois)
Cui (César)
Czerny (Carl)
Dallapiccola (Luigi)
Debussy (Claude)
Delibes (Léo)
Delius (Frederick)
Dittersdorf (Carl Ditters von)
Dohnányi (Ernst von)
Donizetti (Gaetano)
Dorati (Antal)
Dukas (Paul)
Duruflé (Maurice)
Dutilleux (Henri)
Dvorak (Antonin)
Einem (Gottfried von)
Eisler (Hans)
Elgar (Edward)
Ellington (Duke)
Enescu (George)
Erkel (Ferenc)
Falla (Manuel de)
Fauré (Gabriel)
Feldman (Morton)
Ferguson (Howard)
Ferneyhough (Brian)
Field (John)
Finzi (Gerald)
Francaix (Jean)
Franck (César)
Gabrieli (Giovanni)
Gershwin (George)
Ginastera (Alberto)
Giordano (Umberto)
Glass (Philip)
Glazunov (Alexander)
Glière (Reinhold)
Glinka (Mikhail)
Gluck (Christoph Willibald)
Górecki (Henryk)
Gounod (Charles)
Grainger (Percy)
Granados (Enrique)
Grieg (Edvard)
Grovlez (Gabriel)
Gubaidulina (Sofia)
Gurney (Ivor)
Haas (Pavel)
Handel (George Frideric)
Harty (Hamilton)
Haydn (Joseph)
Head (Michael)
Hindemith (Paul)
Hoddinott (Alun)
Holliger (Heinz)
Holst (Gustav)
Honegger (Arthur)
Howells (Herbert)
Hummel (Johann Nepomuk)
Humperdinck (Engelbert)
Ibert (Jacques)
Indy (Vincent d’)
Ireland (John)
Ives (Charles)
Jacob (Gordon)
Janacek (Leos)
Jolivet (André )
Joplin (Scott)
Kalivoda (Jan)
Kálmán (Emmerich)
Khachaturian (Aram)
Knussen (Oliver)
Kodaly (Zoltan)
Koechlin (Charles)
Korngold (Erich)
Krenek (Ernst)
Krommer (Franz)
Kurtág (György)
Lalo (Édouard)
Lang (David)
Lauridsen (Morten)
Leclair (Jean-Marie)
Lehár (Franz)
Leifs (Jón)
Leigh (Walter)
Leoncavallo (Ruggero)
Ligeti (Gyorgy)
Liszt (Franz)
Loeillet (Jean Baptiste)
Lyadov (Anatoly)
Mahler (Alma)
Mahler (Gustav)
Marcello (Alessandro)
Martin (Frank)
Martinu (Bohuslav)
Mascagni (Pietro)
Massenet (Jules)
Maxwell Davies (Peter)
Medtner (Nikolai)
Mendelssohn (Felix)
Menotti (Gian Carlo)
Messiaen (Olivier)
Meyerbeer (Giacomo)
Milhaud (Darius)
Moeran (Ernest)
Monteverdi (Claudio)
Morricone (Ennio)
Moyzes (Alexander)
Mozart (Wolfgang Amadeus)
Mussorgsky (Modest)
Nancarrow (Conlon)
Nielsen (Carl)
Nono (Luigi)
Nyman (Michael)
Offenbach (Jacques)
Orff (Carl)
Pachelbel (Johann)
Paderewski (Ignacy Jan)
Paganini (Niccolò)
Paisiello (Giovanni)
Palestrina (Giovanni Pierluigi da)
Panufnik (Andrzej)
Parry (Hubert)
Pärt (Arvo)
Pasculli (Antonio)
Penderecki (Krzysztof)
Pepusch (Johann Christoph)
Pergolesi (Giovanni)
Piazzola (Astor)
Poulenc (Francis)
Previn (André)
Price (Florence)
Prokofiev (Sergei)
Puccini (Giacomo)
Purcell (Henry)
Quantz (Johann Joachim)
Quilter (Roger)
Rachmaninoff (Sergei)
Raff (Joachim)
Rameau (Jean-Philippe)
Ravel (Maurice)
Reger (Max)
Reich (Steve)
Reinecke (Carl)
Reizenstein (Franz)
Respighi (Ottorino)
Richardson (Alan)
Riley (Terry)
Rimsky-Korsakov (Nikolai)
Rodrigo (Joaquín)
Rossini (Giacomo)
Rota (Nino)
Rubbra (Edmund)
Saint-Saëns (Camille)
Salieri (Antonio)
Sammartini (Giovanni Battista)
Satie (Erik)
Scarlatti (Domenico)
Schnittke (Alfred)
Schoeck (Othmar)
Schoenberg (Arnold)
Schubert (Franz)
Schumann (Clara)
Schumann (Robert)
Scriabin (Alexander)
Sessions (Roger)
Shostakovich (Dmitri)
Sibelius (Jean)
Sinding (Christian)
Skalkottas (Nikos)
Smetana (Bedrich)
Smyth (Ethel)
Sondheim (Stephen)
Sorabji (Kaikhosru Shapurji)
Spohr (Louis)
Stanford (Charles Villiers)
Stenhammar (Wilhelm)
Still (William Grant)
Stockhausen (Karlheinz)
Strauss (Johann) I
Strauss (Johann) II
Strauss (Richard)
Stravinsky (Igor)
Suk (Josef)
Sullivan (Arthur)
Sweelinck (Jan Pieterszoon)
Szymanowski (Karol)
Tailleferre (Germaine)
Takemitsu (Toru)
Tallis (Thomas)
Tavener (John)
Tchaikovsky (Pyotr)
Tcherepnin (Alexander)
Tcherepnin (Nikolai)
Telemann (Georg Philipp)
Thompson (Virgil)
Tippett (Michael)
Tubin (Edward)
Turnage (Mark-Anthony)
Varese (Edgard)
Vaughan Williams (Ralph)
Verdi (Giuseppe)
Vierne (Louis)
Villa-Lobos (Heitor)
Vivaldi (Antonio)
Wagner (Richard)
Walker (George)
Walton (William)
Warlock (Peter)
Weber (Carl Maria von)
Webern (Anton)
Weelkes (Thomas)
Weill (Kurt)
Weir (Judith)
Widor (Charles-Marie)
Williams (John)
Williamson (Malcolm)
Wolf (Hugo)
Xenakis (Iannis)
Ysaÿe (Eugène)
Yun (Isang)
Zelenka (Jan Dismas)
Zemlinsky (Alexander von)

 

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