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Composers You Should Know: Contemporary Classical

Notable Contemporary Classical Composers (1975 - present)

If you wish to be generally familiar with classical music, here is a short list of composers you should know from this period.

Name

Birth

Death

Nationality

Music Online (Alexander Street Press) & Naxos

Media

Adams, John

Books

1947

 

American

 

Naxos

CDs/DVDs
 

Berio, Luciano

Books

1925

2003

Italian

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

Scores

Corigliano, John

1938

 

American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

CDs/DVDs
 

Crumb, George

Books

1929

 

American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

CDs/DVDs

Scores

Glass, Philip

Books

1937

 

American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

CDs/DVDs

Scores

Higdon, Jennifer

Books

1962

 

American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

CDs/DVDs

Scores

Larsen, Libby

Books

1950

 

American

Naxos

CDs/DVDs

Scores

Ligeti, Gyorgy

Books

1923

2006

Hungarian-Austrian

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

CDs/DVDs

Scores

Pärt, Arvo
 

1935

 

Estonian

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

CDs/DVDs
 
Penderecki, Krzysztof

1933

 

Polish

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

CDs/DVDs

Scores

Reich, Steve

Books

1936

 

American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

CDs/DVDs
 

Riley, Terry

Books

1935

 

American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

CDs/DVDs
 

Schickele, Peter

Books

1935

 

American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

Scores

Schwantner, Joseph

1943

 

American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

CDs/DVDs

Scores

Stockhausen, Karlheinz

Books

1928

2007

German

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

Scores

Tavener, John

1944

 

British

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

CDs/DVDs
 

Whitacre, Eric

1970

 

American

Music online (ASP)

Naxos

CDs/DVDs
 

Xenakis, Iannis

Books

1922

2001

Greek

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

CDs/DVDs

Scores

Contemporary Classical Composers (1975 - present)

If you are a student of Music History or Composition, here are additional composers you should know from this period.

Name

Birth

Death

Nationality

Music Online (Alexander Street Press) & Naxos

Media

Argento, Dominick

1927

 

American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

Scores

Birtwistle, Harrison

Books

1934

 

British

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

CDs/DVDs

Bolcom, William

Books

1938

 

American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

CDs/DVDs

Scores

Colgrass, Michael

1932

 

American / Canadian

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

CDs/DVDs
 

Danielpour, Richard

Books

1956

 

American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

CDs/DVDs
 

Daugherty, Michael

Books

1954

 

American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

CDs/DVDs
 

Del Tredici, David

1937

 

American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

CDs/DVDs
 

Dun, Tan

1957

 

Chinese

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

CDs/DVDs
 

Górecki, Henryk

1933

2010

Polish

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

CDs/DVDs
 

Iannaccone, Anthony

1943

 

American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

 
CDs/DVDs
 

Kernis, Aaron Jay

Books

1960

 

American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

 

Lucier, Alvin

1931

 

American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

CDs/DVDs
 

Machover, Tod

1953

 

American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

 

MacMillan, James

1959

 

Scottish

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

 

Maxwell Davies, Peter

1934

 

English

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

Scores

Monk, Meredith

Books

1942

 

American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

CDs/DVDs
 

Oliveros, Pauline

Books

1932

 

American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

Scores

Rorem, Ned

Books

1923

 

American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

CDs/DVDs

Scores

Saariaho, Kaija

Books

1952

 

Finnish

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

 

Schelle, Michael

 

1950

 

American

Naxos  

Schuller, Gunther

Books

1925

 

American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

CDs/DVDs

Scores

Subotnick, Morton

1933

 

American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

 

Wolff, Christian

Books

1934

 

American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

 

Wuorinen, Charles

Books

1938

 

American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

CDs/DVDs
 

Young, La Monte

Books

1935

 

American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

 

Zwilich, Ellen Taaffe

1939

 

American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

CDs/DVDs

Scores

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