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List of modernist composers

Lists of composers by philosophical stance: modernist composers

Australia

  • Roy Agnew (1891–1944)
  • Arthur Benjamin (1893–1960)
  • Hooper Brewster-Jones (1887–1949)
  • Peggy Glanville-Hicks (1912–1990)
  • Percy Grainger (1882–1961) (; )
  • Margaret Sutherland (1897–1984)

    Austria

  • Gustav Mahler (1860–1911) (; )

    Russia/Soviet Union

  • Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953) (; )
  • Alexander Scriabin (1872–1915)
  • Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975)
  • Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971) (; )

    Brazil

  • Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887–1959)
  • Camargo Guarnieri (1907–1993)

    Second Viennese school

  • Alban Berg (1885–1935) (; )
  • Arnold Schoenberg (1874–1951) (; )
  • Anton Webern (1883–1945)

    Germany

  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
  • Georg Böhm (1661–1733)
  • Paul Hindemith (1895–1963) (; ; )
  • Hans Pfitzner (1869–1949)
  • Max Reger (1873–1916) (; )
  • Franz Schreker (1878–1934)
  • Richard Strauss (1864–1949) (; ; )
  • Johann Gottfried Walther (1684–1748)
  • Alexander Zemlinsky (1871–1942)

    Finland

  • Erik Bergman (1911–2006)

    France

  • Pierre Boulez (1925–2016) (Also described as a postmodern composer)
  • Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
  • Gabriel Fauré (1845–1924)
  • André Jolivet (1905–1974)
  • Arthur Honegger (1892–1955)
  • Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992)
  • Darius Milhaud (1892–1974)
  • Francis Poulenc (1899–1963)
  • Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
  • Erik Satie (1866–1925)
  • Edgard Varèse (1883–1965)

    Italy

  • Luciano Berio (1925–2003) (Also described as a postmodern composer)
  • Ferruccio Busoni (1866–1924)
  • Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643) (; ; )
  • Salvatore Sciarrino (born 1947)

    Hungary

  • Béla Bartók (1881–1945)
  • Franz Liszt (1811–1886)

    Poland

  • Karol Szymanowski (1882–1937)

    Scotland

  • Oliver Knussen (1952–2018)

    United States

  • Milton Babbitt (1916–2011) (; )
  • Samuel Barber (1910–1981) (; ; )
  • Irving Berlin (1888–1989)
  • John Cage (1912–1992) (; ) (Also described as a postmodern composer)
  • Aaron Copland (1900–1990) (; )
  • Henry Cowell (1897–1965)
  • Ruth Crawford-Seeger (1901–1953)
  • George Crumb (born 1929)
  • Vernon Duke (1903–1969)
  • Morton Feldman (1926–1987) (Also described as a postmodern composer)
  • George Gershwin (1898–1937)
  • Philip Glass (born 1937) (Also described as a postmodern composer)
  • Bernard Herrmann (1911–1975)
  • Charles Ives (1874–1954)
  • Jerome Kern (1885–1945)
  • Leon Kirchner (1919–2009)
  • Donald Martino (1931–2005)
  • Leo Ornstein (1893–2002)
  • Harry Partch (1901–1974)
  • Cole Porter (1891–1964)
  • Ezra Pound (1885–1972)
  • Lou Reed (1942–2013)
  • Steve Reich (born 1936) (Also described as a postmodern composer)
  • Richard Rodgers (1902–1979)
  • Dane Rudhyar (1895–1985)
  • Charles Seeger (1886–1979)
  • Edgard Varèse (1883–1965)
  • Brian Wilson (born 1942)

    England

  • Brian Ferneyhough (born 1943) (Also described as a postmodern composer)
  • William Walton (1902–1983)