World Composers

  1. 18th century German baroque composer; "father of modern music"; "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," the St. John Passion; the St. Matthew Passion, and the Mass in B minor; 6 Brandenburg Concertos, Well-Tempered Clavier, and Goldberg Variations
    J.S. Bach
  2. 20th century Hungarian composer known for his violin compositions such ass Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta, as well as Concerto for Orchestra
    Bela Bartok
  3. 18th-19th century German composer afflicted with deafness and known for Missa Solemnis, Moonlight Sonata, the Leonora Overtures, 17 string quartets, 9 symphonies, and only opera Fidelio.
  4. 19th century Italian known for operas La Sonnambula and Norma.
    Vincenzo Bellini
  5. 19th century Frenchman known for Symphony Fantastique, Les Troyens, and The Damnation of Faust.
    Hector Berlioz
  6. 19th century Frenchman known for Carmen and L'Heure Espagnole.
    Georges Bizet
  7. 19th century Russian; In the Steppes of Central Asia and the unfinished Prince Igor.
    Aleksandr Borodin
  8. 20th century Frenchman; used techniques for serial music in Pli selon pli and was the director of the N.Y. Philharmonic from 1971-77
    Pierre Boulez
  9. 19th century German; A German Requiem, 4 symphonies, 4 sets of Hungarian dances; "Variations on a theme by Haydn," "Lullaby," and many lieder (songs).
    Johannes Brahms
  10. 20th century German with whom Kurt Weill collaborated on The Threepenny Opera and The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahogany.
    Bertoit Brecht
  11. 20th century Brit known for Peter Grimes, Billy Budd, the Death in Venice, and the Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.
    Benjamin Britten
  12. 19th century Austrian whose Symphony No. 9 in D Minor is considered "unfinished".
    Anton Bruckner
  13. 19th-20th century Italian tenor who appeared at the Metropolitan Opera from 1903 to 1920 and known for Verdi and Puccini roles.
    Enrico Caruso
  14. Spanish cellist who went into exile to protest Franco's takeover and eventually established a music festival in Puerto Rico, his mother's birthplace.
    Pablo Cassals
  15. 19th century Polish-born French composer known for romantic piano pieces, etudes, mazurkas, and a romantic liaison with George Sand.
    Frederick Chopin
  16. 17th-18th century Frenchman who published 4 books of harpsichord suites and composed organ music.
    Francois Couperin
  17. 19th-20th century French impressionist known for tone poem Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun; La Mer, Nocturnes, Nuages, Fetes, and Sirenes, Pelleas et Melisande, and Suite Bergamesque, and Clair de Lune
    Claude Debussy
  18. 19th century Italian known for Lucrezia Borgia and Lucia di Lammermoor.
    Gaetano Donizetti
  19. 19-20th century Frenchman; The Sorcerer's Apprentice
    Paul Dukas
  20. 19th century Czech known for Symphony No. 9 in E Mino, or From the New World.
    Antonin Dvorak
  21. 19th-20th century Brit known for his Coronation Ode to King Edward VII, Enigma Variations, and Pomp and Circumstance.
    Edward Elgar
  22. 19th century Belgian-Frenchman and organist known for famous Symphony in D Minor.
    Cesar Auguste Franck
  23. Irish flautist nicknamed the "Pied Piper of Music;" Music for My Little Friends as wells as Legends and Winter's Crossing.
    James Galway
  24. 19th century English playwright and poet who worked with Arthur Sullivan on The Mikado, The Yeomen of the Guard, H.M.S. Pinafore, and the Pirates of Penzance.
    William Gilbert
  25. 18th century German known for Alceste, Iphigenie en Tauride, and Orfeo ed Euridice.
    Christoph W. Gluck
  26. 19th century Frenchman known for Faust, Romeo and Juliet, and the "Funeral March on a Marionette," which was published as a pianoforte solo.
    Charles Gounod
  27. 19th century Norwegian known for Peer Gynt Suite, Concerto in A Minor, and others based on Norwegian folk melodies.
    Edvard Grieg
  28. 18th century German known for Water Music, Fireworks Music, and oratorio Messiah with "Hallelujiah Chorus."
    George Frideric Handel
  29. 18th-19th century Austrian called "The Father of String Quartet" and "Father of the Symphony," known for "London Symphonies."
    Joseph Haydn
  30. 19th-20th century Brit known for The Planets
    Gustav Holst
  31. 19th-20th century German known for Hansel and Gretel.
    Engelbert Humperdinck
  32. 20th century Russian known for "Sabre Dance" in 1942 ballet Gayane.
    Aram Ilich Khachaturian
  33. 19th-20th century Austro-Hungarian known for The Merry Widow.
    Franz Lehar
  34. 19th-20th century Italian known for I Pagliacci.
    Ruggiero Leoncavallo
  35. 19th-century Hungarian known for 20 Hungarian Rhapsodies and for developing leitmotif used by Richard Wagner.
    Franz Liszt
  36. 20th century Brit known for Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, and The Phantom of the Opera.
    Andrew Lloyd-Webber
  37. 20th century Paris-born cellist known for Silk Road Journeys: When Strangers Meet.
    //And later Air and Simple Gifts.
    Yo-Yo Ma
  38. 19th-20th century Austrian known for Eighth Symphony, also called Symphony of a Thousand.
    Gustav Mahler
  39. 19th-20th century Italian known for Cavalleria rusticana
    Pietro Mascagni
  40. 19th-20th century Australian soprano who derived her stage name from Melbourne.
    Dame Nellie Melba
  41. 19th century German who wrote Octet in E Flat (age 16) and the overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream, as well as The Hebrides Overture (Fingal's Cave) op. 26.
    Felix Mendelssohn
  42. 17th century Italian whose 1607 Orfeo (Orpheus) is considered the 1st modern opera.
    Claudio Monteverdi
  43. 18th century Austrian known for The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, Cosi Fan Tutte, The Magic Flute, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, and Symphony #41 in C Major.
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  44. 19th century Russian known for Boris Godunov and Pictures at an Exhibition.
    Modest Mussorgsky
  45. 19th century German-born French composer known for Orpheus in the Underworld (Orphee aux Enfers) abd Tales of Hoffmann.
    Jacques Offenbach
  46. 19th century German known for Carmina Burana, a secular oratorio
    Carl Orff
  47. 17th century German known for influence on J.S. Bach and composer of Canon and Gigue in D Minor
    Johann Pachelbel
  48. 19th-20th century Pole who donated money to Polish WWI victims and represented Poland at Versailles; wrote Minuet in G for piano.
    Ignace Jan Panderewski
  49. 19th century Italian who played the violin so fast it was thought he was in league with the devil.
    Niccolo Paganini
  50. 20th century Italian tenor who appeared at the Metropolitan Opera and who has performed works by Bellini, Donizetti, Puccini, and Verdi.
    Luciano Pavarotti
  51. 20th century Israeli who overcame polio to become one of the greatest contemporary violinists.
    Itzhak Perlman
  52. 20th century Frenchman known for Dialogues des Carmelites, Les Biches, and 3 piano pieces "mouvements perpetuels".
    Francis Poulenc
  53. 20th century Russian known for Peter and the Wolf, The Love of Three Oranges, and Romeo and Juliet.
    Sergei Prokofiev
  54. 19th-20th century Italian known for Turandot, La Tosca, La Boheme, and Madame Butterfly.
    Giacomo Puccini
  55. 17th century Englishman known as "the British Orpheus" and known for Dido and Aeneas.
    Henry Purcell
  56. 20th century Russian known for concertos, Prelude in C Sharp Minor, Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, and 3 symphonies.
    Sergei Rachmaninoff
  57. 20th century Frenchman known for Bolero, Daphnis et Chloe, and Piano Concerto in D for Left Hand Alone.
    Maurice Ravel
  58. 20th century Italian known for romantic symphony poems: The Pines of Rome, The Fountains of Rome, and Roman Festivals.
    Ottorino Resphigi
  59. 19th-20th century Russian known for "The Flight of the Bumblebee," Scheherazade, and Capricco Espagnole.
    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
  60. 19th century Italian known for The Barber of Seville, Othello, and William Tell.
    Gioacchino Rossini
  61. 19th-20th century French composer of The Carnival of the Animals, Samson and Delilah, and Danse Macabre.
    Camille Saint-Saens
  62. 19th-20th century French composer who titled his first 5 piano pieces Opus 62.
    Erik Satie
  63. 19th-20th century Italian who helped establish the conventions of the opera seria.
    Alessandro Scarlatti
  64. 18th century Italian known for 500 harpsichord sonatas.
    Domenico Scarlatti
  65. 19th-20th century Austrian known for the 12-tone technique of serial music and Chamber Symphony No. 1 and unfinished opera Moses and Aaron.
    Arnold Schoenberg
  66. 19th century Austrian known as the leading composer of lieder (German art songs), unfinished Symphony No. 8 in D Minor, and Symphony No. 9 in C Major (The Great C Major).
    Franz Schubert
  67. 19th century German romantic known for piano compositions, beautiful songs, and 4 symphonies.
    Robert Schumann
  68. 19th-20th century Russian known for Poem of Ecstasy and Prometheus, The Poem of Fire.
    Alexander Scriabin
  69. Indian musician and sitarist who influenced Philip Glass.
    Ravi Shankar
  70. 20th century Soviet known for writing his Seventh Symphony during the siege of Leningrad.
    Dmitri Shastakovich
  71. 19th-20th century Finn known for Finlandia
    Jean Sibelius
  72. 20th century American soprano born Belle Silverstein who became director of the N.Y. City Opera in 1979.
    Beverly Sills
  73. 19th century Czech known for The Battered Bride.
    Bedrich Smetana
  74. 19th century Austrian Waltz King: 400 waltzes, On the Beautiful Blue Danube, Tales from the Vienna Woods, composed music for Die Fledermaus and Der Zigeunerberon.
    Johann Strauss, Jr.
  75. 19th century German known for operas to librettos by Hugo von Hofmannsthal: Electra, Der Rosenkavelier, Ariadne aux Naxos, and Thus Spake Zarathustra and Death and Transfiguration.
    Richard Strauss
  76. 20th century Russian known for The Rake's Progress, The Rite of Spring, The Firebird, and Petrushka.
    Igor Stravinsky
  77. 19th century Brit who worked with William Gilbert.
    Arthur Sullivan
  78. 20th century Australian soprano who was made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1978.
    Joan Sutherland
  79. 20th century Japanese violinist who taught children using his "method" emphasizing repetition, listening skills, and parental encouragement.
    Shinichi Suzuki
  80. 19th century Russian known for Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, and 1812 Overture.
    Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
  81. 19th-20th century Italian conductor known as "the maestro" who conducted at the Met, the N.Y. Philharmonic, and the NBC Symphony Orchestra.
    Arturo Toscanini
  82. 19th-20th century Brit called the best since Elgar, known for Fantasia on a Theme by Thomis Tallis and his 9th Symphony, which he wrote at age 85.
    Ralph Vaughan Williams
  83. 19th century Italian known for Aida, Rigoletto, Don Calo, Il Trovatore, La Traviata, Othello, Falstaff, and Macbeth.
    Giuseppe Verdi
  84. 20th century Brazilian known for 9 Bachianas Brasileiras, blending Brazilian folk tunes w/ J.S. Bach.
    Heitor Villa-Lobos
  85. 17th-18th century Italian "Red Priest" known for 4 violin concertos called The Four Seasons.
    Antonio Vivaldi
  86. 19th century German composer known for The Flying Dutchman and Tannhauser, as well as the Nibelung Ring Cycle, Das Rheingold, Die Walkure, Siegfied, and Die Gotterdammerung.
    Richard Wagner
  87. 18th-19th century German known for Oberon and Invitation to the Dance, a popular instrumental work.
    Carl Maria von Weber
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World Composers
The list of world composers for the quiz on 4-13-11