While this LibGuide was made primarily for Music History and Composition students, everyone can benefit from learning about at least a few representative composers from different time periods and countries.
The top boxes are composers that EVERYONE should know. The lower boxes are composers that music students, especially in Composition and Music History, should be familiar with.
The Composer Birthdays LibGuide has over 2,500 composers included!
Film Music Composers
For a list of notable film music composers, please visit our Film Music LibGuide.
This LibGuide focuses mainly on "Classical" composers. A Jazz LibGuide is also available, which includes jazz composers and performers as well as research assistance.
Missing a Composer?
Is there a missing composer you think should be included? Please submit their name and a link to a website about them.
The various time periods of music history are not clearly defined and there is considerable overlap during every transitional time.
The time periods we have used in this LibGuide are as follows:
Medieval: 500 - 1430
Renaissance: 1430 - 1600
Baroque: 1600 - 1750
Classical: 1750 - 1820
Romantic: 1820 - 1900
Twentieth Century: 1900 - 1975
Contemporary Classical: 1975 -
These time periods reflect when the various composers were active, not their specific birth years.
Tips on Using this LibGuide
- If you're off campus, please log into OhioLINK first. Then you can access all the links in this LibGuide.
- Links in this LibGuide:
- Composer names are linked to their Wikipedia articles.
- ML410 call numbers are linked to the YSU library catalog if the library owns any books about them or their music.
- CDs and Scores are links to current searches of the YSU library catalog if we own them.
- Representative pieces are linked to Naxos Music Library when possible. When no recording is available in Naxos, these links go to YouTube.
- When in Naxos, you can click the name of a composer to bring up a list of all their works that are available in Naxos. See the image below.
This LibGuide was created by Scott Pfitzinger, Multimedia Librarian at Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio.
Any librarian or other LibGuide creator is welcome to copy this guide and customize it for their own library's needs. Simply leave this one content box on the front page to acknowledge authorship.
© 2013, Scott Pfitzinger