recommended

The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs and DVDs 2005/06 EditionAmazon (1,520 pages), by Ivan March et al., reviews thousands of classical performances, both new and vintage. It is supplemented, but not replaced, by the Penguin Guide to Compact Discs and DVDs Yearbook 2006/07Amazon, with hundreds of new reviews.

 

GLBT: Classical Composers

Opera Introduction

Welcome! GLBT composers have made immense contributions to classical music, in chamber and orchestral works, ballet, art songs, choral compositions, opera, musical theatre, and experimental pieces.

Some of the West's most influential composers are GLBT-identified, with a large number being bisexual. The glbtq encyclopedia offers excellent introductory articles on classical music, ballet, opera, and musical theatreimage. Many of the composers below were also renowned as soloists and conductors. To keep this list focused, I omit exceptional GLBT talents who were exclusively performers, including singers Lauritz Melchior, Pierre Bernac, Peter Pears; pianists Wanda Landowska, Vladimir Horowitz, Van Cliburn; and conductors Dimitri Mitropoulos, Thomas Schippers, Kay Gardner.

MusicIn the future, I also hope to highlight the many diverse GLBT-identified popular musicians, who have enriched jazz, blues, folk, country, cabaret, rock, R&B, disco, punk, pop and more, including Joan Baez, David Bowie, Melissa Etheridge, Billie Holiday, Elton John, Janice Joplin, k.d. lang, Lou Reed, Bessie Smith, Pete Townshend. Wikipedia lists gay musicians, lesbian musicians, and bisexual musicians. As resources become available, I will include GLBT composers from Asia, Africa, and other regions. New! Thanks to James M. for writing with additional GLBT composers, to be added when time permits in the coming weeks.

* More GLBT Arts Resources: GLBT Cinema, GLBT Literature, GLBT Visual Artists, essay "Why a GLBT Focus?" Some of the composers here are also on my personal highest-recommended music list.

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Hildegard
Hildegard
Handel
Handel
Beethoven
Beethoven
Schubert
Schubert
Bellini
Bellini
Brahms
Brahms
Mussorgsky
Mussorgsky
Tchaikovsky
Tchaikovsky
Satie
Satie
Ravel
Ravel
Britten
Britten
Bernstein
Bernstein

Western GLBT Composers

  • Arne, Thomas Augustine (3/12/1710 – 3/5/1778 / UK)
  • Barber, Samuel (3/9/1910 – 1/23/1981 / US)
  • Beethoven, Ludwig van (12/15/1770 – 3/26/1827 / Germany)
  • Bellini, Vincenzo (11/3/1801 – 9/23/1835 / Italy)
  • Berners, Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt–Wilson, Baron (9/18/1883 – 4/19/1950 / UK)
  • Bernstein, Leonard (8/25/1918 – 10/14/1990 / US)
  • Blitzstein, Marc (3/2/1905 – 1/22/1964 / US)
  • Boulanger, Juliette Marie Olga Lili (8/21/1893 – 3/15/1918 / France)
  • Boulez, Pierre (3/26/1925 – / France)
  • Bowles, Paul (12/30/1910 – 11/18/1999 / US)
  • Brahms, Johannes (5/7/1833 – 4/3/1897 / Germany)
  • Britten, Lord Benjamin (11/22/1913 – 12/4/1976 / UK) – Britten resources
  • Busoni, Ferruccio Dante Michelangelo Benvenuto (4/01/1866 – 7/27/1924 / Italy)
  • Bussotti, Sylvano (10/1/1931 – / Italy)
  • Buxtehude, Dietrich (ca. 1637 – 5/9/1707 / Germany)
  • Caccini, Francesca (9/18/1587 – ca. 1645 / Italy)
  • Cage, John (9/5/1912 – 8/12/1992 / US)
  • Casulana, Madalena (ca. 1540 – ca. 1590 / Italy)
  • Chausson, Ernest (1/20/1855 – 6/10/1899 / France)
  • Chopin, Frederic (3/1/1810 – 10/17/1849 / Poland/France)
  • Copland, Aaron (11/14/1900 – 12/02/1990 / US)
  • Corigliano, John (2/16/1938 – / US)
  • Corelli, Arcangelo (2/17/1653 – 1/08/1713 / Italy)
  • Czerny, Carl (2/20/1791 – 7/15/1857 / Austria)
  • Davies, Sir Peter (Maxwell) (9/8/1934 – / UK)
  • Debussy, Achille-Claude (8/22/1862 – 3/25/1918 / France)
  • Delius, Frederick (Fritz) Theodor Albert (1/29/1862 – 6/10/1934 / UK)
  • Del Tredici, David (3/16/1937 – / US)
  • Diamond, David (7/9/1915 – 6/13/2005 / US)
  • Dussek, Jan Ladislav (2/12/1760 – 3/20/1812 / Czechoslovakia)
  • Elgar, Edward (6/2/1857 – 2/23/1934 / UK)
  • Falla, Manuel de (11/23/1876 – 11/14/1946 / Spain)
  • Finn, William (2/28/52 – / US)
  • Foster, Stephen Collins (7/4/1826 – 1/13/1864 / US)
  • Frederich the Great (1/24/1712 – 8/17/1786 / Germany)
  • Gershwin, George (9/26/1898 – 7/11/1937 / US)
  • Gombert, Nicholas (ca. 1495 – 1560 / Flanders/France)
  • Grainger, Percy Aldridge (7/8/1882 – 2/20/1961 / Australia)
  • BalletGrieg, Edvard Hagerup (6/15/1843 – 9/4/1907 / Norway)
  • Griffes, Charles Tomlinson (9/17/1884 – 4/8/1920 / US)
  • Handel, George Frideric (2/23/1685 – 4/14/1759 / Germany/UK)
  • Harrison, Lou (5/14/1917 – 2/2/2003 / US)
  • Hahn, Reynaldo (8/09/1874 – 1/28/1947 / France)
  • Henze, Hans Werner (7/1/1926 – / Germany)
  • Herman, Jerry (7/10/1933 – / US)
  • Hildegard of Bingen (1098 – 1179 / Germany)
  • LaChiusa, Michael John (7/24/1962 – / US)
  • Leonarda, Isabella (1620 – 1704 / Italy)
  • Loewe, Frederick (6/10/1901 – 2/14/1988 / US)
  • Mahler, Gustav (7/7/1860 – 05/18/1911 / Austria)
  • Menotti, Gian Carlo (7/7/1911 – 02/01/2007 / US)
  • Mussorgsky, Modest Petrovich (3/21/1839 – 3/28/1881 / Russia)
  • Porpora, Nicola Antonio (8/17/1686 – 3/03/1768 / Italy)
  • Porter, Cole (6/9/1891 – 10/15/64 / US)
  • Poulenc, Francis (1/7/1899 – 1/30/1963 / France)
  • Ravel, Joseph Maurice (3/7/1875 – 12/28/1937 / France)
  • Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai (3/18/1844 – 6/21/1908) / Russia)
  • Rorem, Ned (10/23/1923 – / US)
  • Rosenmüller, Johann (ca. 1619 – 9/10/1684 / Germany)
  • Saint-Saëns, Charles-Camille (10/9/1835 – 12/16/1921 / France)
  • Sapelnikov, Vassily [Wassily Sapellnikoff] (11/2/1867 – 3/17/1941)
  • Satie, Erik Alfred-Leslie (5/17/1866 – 7/1/1925 / France)
  • Schubert, Franz Peter (1/31/1797 – 11/19/1828 / Austria)
  • Smyth, Dame Ethel (4/23/1858 – 5/8/1944 / UK)
  • Sondheim, Stephen (3/22/1930 – / US)
  • Stravinsky, Igor (6/17/1882 – 4/06/1971 / Russia)
  • Strayhorn, Billy (11/29/1915 – 5/31/1967 / US)
  • Sullivan, Sir Arthur Seymour (5/13/1842 – 11/22/1900 / UK)
  • Szymanowski, Karol (10/6/1882 – 3/28/1937 / Poland)
  • Tavener, John (1/28/1944 – / UK)
  • Tchaikovsky, Piotr Ilyich (5/07/1840 – 11/6/1893 / Russia)
  • Thomson, Virgil (11/25/1897 – 9/30/1989 / US)
  • Tilson-Thomas, Michael (12/21/1944 – / US)
  • Tippett, Sir Michael Kemp (1/2/1905 – 1/8/1998 / UK)
  • Youmans, Vincent (9/27/1898 – 4/5/1946 / US)

 

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