A List of Composers

 

Tagging your music with the correct composer (or ‘artist’) tag is harder than it ought to be. Should it be ‘Mozart, Wolfgang’ rather than ‘Wolfgang Mozart’, for example? Or ‘Georg Friderick Händel’ instead of ‘George Frideric Handel’? (The answer to both questions is an emphatic “No!“, by the way!)

Well, naturally opinions will vary, but I’ve pulled together a starter list of around 500 composer names in formats and forms which I use in my own music tagging -and which I therefore encourage you to use as well. Wherever possible, the name I show matches what The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians lists as the ‘approved’ spelling. I trust that it’s obvious that no list like this can be truly definitive: there are a bazillion classical music composers not listed here, simply because I don’t have examples of their work in my own music collection. But I’m not attempting to be definitive, merely prescriptive about what good composer and artist tags ought  to look like!

Some explanatory footnotes are indicated against particular names: click on them to expand them and reveal their complete text.

As time permits, I may have things to say about each composer (biographical notes, Hurwitz comparative recording review results and so on). So click on a composer’s name if it’s click-able.


|A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M|N|O|P|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Z|


A

  • Aaron Copland
  • Adolph Weiss
  • Adolphe Adam
  • Adrian Willaert
  • Adriano Banchieri
  • Alan Hovhaness
  • Alan Rawsthorne
  • Alban Berg
  • Albéric Magnard1His full names were Lucien Denis Gabriel Albéric Magnard, but Groves brackets the first three names, so they are optional. The acute é in Albéric is not optional, however. Interestingly shot by advancing German troops in the French countryside during the early stage of World War 1: he had himself shot at the troops first, killing two of them.
  • Albert Ketelbey
  • Albert Roussel
  • Alessandro Stradella
  • Alessandro Striggio
  • Alexander Agricola
  • Alexander Borodin
  • Alexander Glazunov
  • Alexander Goedicke
  • Alexander Scriabin
  • Alexander Zemlinsky
  • Alfred Schnittke
  • Alfredo Catalani
  • Alfredo Casella
  • Alonso Lobo
  • Alphonse Hasselmans
  • Alun Hoddinott
  • Amilcare Ponchielli
  • Anatol Liadov
  • Andrea Gabrieli
  • Andrzej Panufnik
  • André Caplet
  • André Mathieu
  • Anthony Holborne
  • Antoine Brumel
  • Antoine Busnois
  • Anton Arensky
  • Anton Bruckner
  • Antonín Dvořák 2The diacriticals are… er, critical!
  • Antonio Bertali
  • Antonio Caldara
  • Antonio Lotti
  • Antonio Rosetti
  • Antonio Salieri
  • Antonio Soler
  • Antonio Vivaldi
  • Anton Webern
  • Aram Ilich Khachaturian 3If you use ‘Aram Khacturian’, you are not wrong. But Last.FM will auto-translate that to Արամ Խաչատրյան, which is handy if you’re Armenian, but annoying if you are not. I add the ‘Ilich’ patronymic to my rendering of his name so that it won’t match Last.fm’s records and will thus be recorded there as an English-language version of his name. However, I think the “Aram Khachaturian” version is more technically correct (the best sort of correct!) and the three-word version is incorrect …but, nevertheless, functionally preferable, only because of Last.fm’s strange propensity to tranlate to the Armenian.
  • Arcangelo Corelli
  • Armand-Louis Couperin
  • Arnold Bax
  • Arnold Cooke
  • Arnold Schönberg
  • Arrigo Boito
  • Arthur Benjamin
  • Arthur Bliss
  • Arthur Honegger
  • Arthur Sullivan
  • Arvo Pärt
  • Aulis Sallinen
  • Avet Terterian

B

  • Bedrich Smetana
  • Béla Bartók4The acute accents are as per the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
  • Benedetto Marcello
  • Benjamin Britten
  • Benjamin Godard
  • Bernardo Storace
  • Bernhard Henrik Crusell
  • Bohuslav Martinů
  • Boris Alexandrovich Chaykovsky5A lot of CD covers and Wikipedia call him ‘Tchaikovsky’, but that obviously invites confusion with Peter Ilich. The New Groves has an entry under Tchaikovsky reading ‘See Chaykovsky’ -and Boris’ full entry is listed under that surname’s spelling. Other online sources use that spelling too, so it’s not perverse. As for the patronymic: New Groves uses it, without brackets, indicating that it should be used generally. Last.fm gets it all sorts of wrong, on all counts: they have his three-name entry only using Cyrillic script; they also have a 2-name entry using the ‘C’ spelling of his surname, but almost no-one is using it. They also have five English-spelled variants of his name, which are also not in widespread use. Let us just say: they are confused about him!
  • Brian Ferneyhough

C

  • Camille Saint-Saëns
  • Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf6Sometimes rendered simply as ‘Carl Dittersdorf’ (presumably to speed things up a bit!), but Groves has the full set of repetitions, and therefore so do I)
  • Carl Maria von Weber
  • Carl Nielsen
  • Carl Orff
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
  • Carlo Gesualdo
  • Carlos Salzedo
  • Cécille Chaminade
  • César Franck
  • Charles Avison
  • Charles Gounod
  • Charles-Henri Plantade
  • Charles Hubert Parry
  • Charles Ives
  • Charles Villiers Stanford
  • Charles Wood
  • Charles-Marie Widor
  • Charles-Valentin Alkan
  • Christian Cannabich
  • Christoph Demantius
  • Christoph Graupner 7Full name was actually Johann Christoph Graupner, but the Johann is in brackets in The New Grove, and all CD manufacturers and Wiki editors seems to simply call him ‘Christoph’, so Christoph it is!
  • Christopher Tye
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck
  • Christopher Rouse
  • Cipriano de Rore
  • Claude Debussy
  • Claude Goudimel
  • Claudio Merulo
  • Claudio Monteverdi
  • Colin Mawby
  • Colin McPhee
  • Compilation 8This is the ‘catch-all’ artist name to use when tagging one of those ‘mood’ CDs that has dozens of tracks that are each by different composers, but all related to some over-arching theme. Think ‘Christmas Carols at Kings’, for example. It would be madness to tag each track separately as a separate ‘album’, even though that’s technically what’s required by general classical tagging principles. Instead, keep all the tracks as part of one album and declare their composer to be “Compilation”. Think of it as classical music’s “miscellaneous” or “other”.
  • Cristóbal de Morales
  • Cristofaro Caresana
  • Cyril Scott

D

  • Danny Elfman
  • Darius Milhaud
  • Diderik Buxtehude
  • Dmitri Stepanovich Bortnyansky9This is the correct spelling (including the middle Patronymic, which isn’t optional) as per The New Grove. Last.fm has a bazillion possible variations: all bar this one are wrong!
  • Dmitri Kabalevsky
  • Dmitri Shostakovich10Why no Patronymic? Because The New Grove puts it into brackets -unlike their entry for Bortnyansky, for example. The New Grove also spells his first name ‘Dmitry’ (with a “y”), not Dmitri (with an ‘i’), so technically I should use the ‘y’ version too. I don’t because Last.fm doesn’t have an entry for “Dmitry”, only for “Dmitri”.
  • Domenico Cimarosa
  • Domenico Gabrielli
  • Domenico Mazzocchi
  • Domenico Scarlatti
  • Dominic Muldowney
  • Donald Grantham

E

  • Edmund Rubbra
  • Edouard Lalo
  • Eduard Tubin
  • Edvard Grieg
  • Edward Bairstow
  • Edward Chapman
  • Edward Elgar
  • Einar Englund
  • Elias Parish Alvars
  • Eliza Gilkyson
  • Elizabeth Poston
  • Elmer Bernstein
  • Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek
  • Emilio de’ Cavalieri11Note the apostrophe after ‘de’ is often left out on CD cases etc, but the New Grove is clear it should be there.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier
  • Engelbert Humperdinck
  • Erich Korngold
  • Erik Satie
  • Ēriks Ešenvalds
  • Erkki-Sven Tüür
  • Erland von Koch
  • Ernest Bloch
  • Ernest Chausson
  • Ernest Moeran12For some reason, Last.fm claim that this name is incorrect and that ‘Ernest John Moeran’ is the right name-form. But he was actually called Ernest John Smeed Moeran… and no-one’s claiming that the ‘Smeed’ is compulsory! So why the ‘John’ is claimed to be essential, I have no idea. I can find no evidence that Moeran used the ‘John’ bit himself: most of his music is printed with an attribution to ‘E. J. Moeran’, after all; and in terms of what he called himself, and liked others to call him, he preferred ‘Jack’ above anything else -in either case, ‘John’ is definitely wrong, so I’m saying to leave the ‘John’ bit out.
  • Erwin Schulhoff
  • Esa-Pekka Salonen
  • Eubie Blake
  • Euday L. Bowman13Everyone I read says “Euday L. Bowman”, without spelling out “Louis”, so ‘Euday Bowman’ or ‘Euday Louis Bowman’ might be more ‘correct’, but ‘Euday L. Bowman’ seems to be more in common parlance.
  • Eugene Goossens
  • Eugène Ysaÿe
  • Eustache du Caurroy

F

  • Felix Mendelssohn
  • Fernando Obradors
  • Fernando Sor
  • Ferruccio Busoni
  • Flor Peeters
  • Florent Schmitt
  • Francesco Cavalli
  • Francesco Cilea
  • Francesco Durante
  • Francesco Geminiani
  • Francesco Mancini
  • Francesco Manfredini
  • Francesco Maria Veracini
  • Francis Pilkington
  • Francis Poulenc
  • François-Adrien Boieldieu14Sometimes spelled Boïldieu, with the diacritic intending to indicating separate pronunciation of the ‘o’, ‘i’ and ‘e’ sounds. Not used in Groves, however, so dispensed with here too. Groves also has ‘François’ in brackets, indicating that it might be optional, but I’ve only ever seen it attached to the ‘Adrien’ bit with a hyphen, so I’m sticking with the full name here.
  • Francisco Tarrega
  • François Couperin
  • Frank Bridge
  • Franz Ignaz Beck
  • Franz Krommer
  • Franz Liszt
  • Franz Schmidt
  • Franz Schubert
  • Franz Tunder
  • Franz von Suppé
  • Franz Xaver Richter
  • Frederick Delius
  • Frederick Shepherd Converse
  • Fryderyk Chopin

G

  • Gabriel Fauré
  • Gabriel Pierné15His full name was Henri Constant Gabriel Pierné, but the New Groves has the first two names in brackets, so they were clearly not used in casual conversation!
  • Gaetano Donizetti
  • Gaetano Veneziano
  • Geirr Tveitt
  • Georg Christoph Bach
  • Georg Christoph Wagenseil
  • Georg Matthais Monn
  • Georg Muffat
  • Georg Philipp Telemann
  • George Antheil
  • George Butterworth
  • George Frideric Handel
  • George Gershwin
  • George Kirbye
  • George Whitefield Chadwick
  • Georges Bizet
  • Georgs Pelecis
  • Georgy Sviridov
  • Gerald Finzi
  • Gerard Victory
  • Giacomo Antonio Perti
  • Giacomo Carissimi
  • Giacomo Puccini
  • Gian Carlo Menotti
  • Gian Francesco Malipiero
  • Gideon Klein
  • Giles Farnaby
  • Gioacchino Rossini
  • Giorgio Federico Ghedini
  • Giovanni Bottesini
  • Giovanni Gabrieli
  • Giovanni Legrenzi
  • Giovanni Pergolesi
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
  • Girolamo Frescobaldi
  • Giuseppe Maria Jacchini
  • Giuseppe Torelli
  • Giuseppe Verdi
  • Giya Kancheli
  • Gordon Jacob
  • Graeme Koehne
  • Granville Bantock
  • Gregorio Allegri
  • Gregorio Lambranzi
  • Guillaume Dufay
  • Guillaume de Machaut
  • Gunter Jacob
  • Gustav Holst
  • Gustav Mahler
  • György Ligetti

H

  • Hans Krása
  • Hans Pfitzner
  • Hans Werner Henze
  • Hans Zimmer
  • Harrison Birtwistle
  • Havergal Brian
  • Haydn Wood
  • Hector Berlioz
  • Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber 16One example of several where a proliferation of names seems appropriate to use, since Heinrich is not generally known by anything other than the complete set of names shown here! “Joseph Bodin de Boismortier” and “Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville” are other notable examples of the multi-name format being the correct one to tag with.
  • Heinrich Schütz
  • Heinrich von Herzogenberg
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos
  • Henri Dumont
  • Henriette Renié
  • Henri Frémart
  • Henri Wieniawski
  • Henriette Renié
  • Henryk Górecki
  • Henry F. Gilbert17Listed as ‘Henry F(ranklin Belknap) Gilbert‘ in The New Grove, so the reduction of his first middle name to a mere initial (and the complete omission of the second) is apparently sanctioned by the powers that be!
  • Henry Purcell
  • Henry Vieuxtemps
  • Herbert Howells
  • Hieronymus Praetorius
  • Hildegard von Bingen
  • Howard Goodall
  • Howard Shore
  • Hugo Wolf

I

  • Igor Stravinsky
  • Ildebrando Pizzetti
  • Irving Berlin

J

  • Jacob Obrecht
  • Jacques Ibert
  • Jakub Jan Ryba
  • Jan Křtitel Jiří Neruda18More diacriticals than you can shake a stick at, I realise. This is the Czech form of his name; for a more-Germanic version, Johann Baptist Georg Neruda is the correct form. Unfortunately, there are an awful lot of Johanns already, which is why I prefer the Czech version
  • James Horner
  • James MacMillan
  • Jan Dismas Zelenka
  • Jean-Baptiste Lully
  • Jean-Féry Rebel
  • Jean Françaix
  • Jean Henry d’Anglebert
  • Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville
  • Jean Langlais
  • Jean Mouton
  • Jean-Philippe Rameau
  • Jean Pullois
  • Jean Sibelius
  • Joaquín Rodrigo
  • Joaquín Turina
  • Johan Halvorsen
  • Johan Peter Emilius Hartmann
  • Johann Abraham Schmierer
  • Johann Bach
  • Johann Christian Bach
  • Johann Christoph Altnickol
  • Johann Christoph Bach
  • Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach 19There were a lot of Bachs!
  • Johann Christoph Pez20The New Groves permits “Petz” as well as “Pez”, but on the grounds that concision is best, Pez it is!
  • Johannes Brahms
  • Johannes Ockeghem
  • Johann Friedrich Fasch
  • Johann Georg Albrechtsberger
  • Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
  • Johann Jacob Froberger21The middle name is not optional, according to New Groves. However, its spelling is variable. Most CD covers, Wikipedia and Last.fm listeners seem to prefer ‘Jakob’. New Groves gives that spelling in square brackets, meaning it’s an optional variant. The ‘Jacob’ spelling is less popular with assorted online sources and forums, but is the one the New Groves gives as the preferred spelling. So it’s what I’m running with, too
  • Johann Joseph Fux
  • Johann Kuhnau
  • Johann Michael Bach
  • Johann Michael Nicolai
  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel
  • Johann Schobert
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Johann Stamitz
  • Johann Valentin Rathgeber22Named with all three names in Groves
  • Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda23Named as such in the New Groves. But he was born in Prague in 1801, making him Czech… and thus capable of being referred to (in brackets in Groves, so optionally) as Jan Křtitel Václav Kalivoda, which is what Wikipedia calls him -without the two middle names. Last.fm has at least 8 variations of his name: some using ‘Wenzel’, others ‘Wenseslaus’ and so on ad infinitum. I’m a fan of diacritics, but not if there are reasonable alternatives: I’m stick with Groves’ first choice of Germanised spelling!
  • John Adams
  • John Alden Carpenter
  • John Bennet
  • John Bull
  • John Dowland
  • John Dunstable
  • John Farmer
  • John Field
  • John Foulds
  • John Gay
  • John Ireland
  • John Milton
  • John Parry
  • John Powell
  • John Rutter
  • John Sheppard
  • John Stainer
  • John Tavener
  • John Taverner
  • John Thomas
  • John Wilbye
  • John Williams
  • Josef Gabriel Rheinberger
  • Josef Suk
  • Joseph Bodin de Boismortier
  • Joseph Canteloube
  • Joseph Haydn24Note that Haydn is filed under ‘J’, not ‘F’, even though his full baptismal names were Franz Joseph (technically, “Franciscus Josephus”, but that’s Latin for you). The point is, however, that Haydn hardly ever used the first of those names, and neither did his family. It was simply common practice of the time to give two Christian names, associated with saints whose feast days were near the birthday concerned, and then not to make much use of the first of them. See also Edward Benjamin Britten!
  • Joseph Martin Kraus
  • José Serrano
  • Josquin Desprez
  • Juan Gutierrez de Padilla
  • Jules Massenet
  • Julius Reubke

K

  • Karl Amadeus Hartmann
  • Karl Goldmark
  • Karol Kupiński
  • Karl Jenkins
  • Karol Szymanowski
  • Krzysztof Penderecki
  • Kurt Atterburg
  • Kurt Weill

L

  • László Lajtha
  • Lennox Berkeley
  • Léo Delibes
  • Leonard Bernstein
  • Leonardo Vinci 25Not that Leonardo! This one’s an early 18th century Italian composer based in Naples. He also doesn’t have a ‘da’ in his name.
  • Leopold Mozart
  • Leoš Janáček
  • Lepo Sumera
  • Lodovico Viadana
  • Lord Berners 26There are only two examples I can think of where including someone’s title in the Composer tag is probably appropriate: Lord Berners and Sir John Blackwood McEwan, since no-one ever seems to mention their names without the title. If you wanted to strictly apply the normal rules of title-less tagging, you’d really have to refer to “John Blackwood McEwan”; but for Lord Berners it’s more problematic. “Berners” would seem to be entirely too concise! So perhaps you’d need to run with “Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-Wilson” (given that that was Lord Berner’s real name)? It would be a name no-one else is ever going to be familiar with, at least! On the whole, I think “Lord Berners” is the more acceptable alternative.
  • Louis Couperin
  • Louis Marchand
  • Louis Spohr 27He’s listed as Louis in The New Grove, though he was baptised ‘Ludewig’ which is generally modernised to Ludwig. The New Grove lists these Germanic alternatives in square brackets, so I shall assume them to be inferior options and run with the Frenchified ‘Louis’ form.
  • Louis Vierne
  • Louis-Nicolas Clérambault
  • Loyset Compère
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Luigi Boccherini
  • Luigi Cherubini
  • Luigi Dallapiccola
  • Luis de Milán
  • Luys de Narváez
  • Lynn Palmer

M

  • Malcolm Arnold
  • Malcolm Williamson
  • Manuel Cardoso
  • Manuel de Falla
  • Marc-Antoine Charpentier
  • Marcel Dupré
  • Marcel Grandjany
  • Marcel Poot
  • Marcel Tournier
  • Marco Gioseppe Peranda
  • Marin Marais
  • Martin Peerson
  • Maurice Duruflé
  • Maurice Ravel
  • Max Bruch
  • Max Reger
  • Melchior Neusidler
  • Mieczysław Karłowicz
  • Michael Haydn
  • Michael Nyman
  • Michael Praetorius
  • Michael Tippett
  • Michel Pignolet de Montéclair
  • Michel-Richard de Lalande
  • Modest Mussorgsky
  • Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe 28Recent research suggests his first name was ‘Jean’, but no-one was sure of his first name until recently and there’s still dispute about it. For centuries, he has been known simply as ‘Mr. de Sainte-Colombe’, and is recorded as such in The New Grove, so that’s how I think he should be catalogued these days -though using ‘Monsieur’ for ‘Mr’, because …well, he was French!
  • Morton Feldman
  • Morton Gould
  • Muzio Clementi

N

  • Ned Rorem
  • Nicola Porpora
  • Nicolai Miaskovsky
  • Nicolò Jommelli29The ò is as per The New Grove dictionary. Also note that whilst the likes of Wikipedia says “Niccolò” (with two ‘c’) is the correct spelling, the New Grove is adamant that the single-c version is the correct one, with the two-c spelling merely a bracketed variant.
  • Nicolò Paganini30The ò is as per The New Grove dictionary. Also note that whilst the likes of Wikipedia says “Niccolò” (with two ‘c’) is the main spelling with “Nicolò” as an alternative, the New Grove is adamant that the single-c version is the correct one and doesn’t even indicate that a two-c spelling is ever acceptable.
  • Niels Gade31Technically Niels Wilhem Gade, but the middle name is in brackets in the New Groves, so is dropped here too
  • Nikolai Medtner
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Nikolai Tcherepnin
  • Nikolaus Bruhns
  • Nikolay Andreyevich Roslavets32The ‘-ay’ ending of his first name (rather than, say, Nikolai as given by Wikipedia) is as per the New Groves. That same source has his patronymic without bracketing or other indications of optionality (whereas for Shostakovich, for example, the Dmitriyevitch is bracketed). Accordingly, all three names should be used.
  • Nikos Skalkottas
  • Nino Rota

O

  • Oliver Knussen
  • Olivier Messiaen
  • Orlando Di Lasso
  • Orlando Gibbons
  • Ottorino Respighi

P

  • P. D. Q. Bach 33PDQ Bach gets a mention here because I love him, even though he doesn’t exist! I probably should really catalogue him as Peter Schickele, but since I can never spell his name, let alone remember it, PDQ Bach is of more utility to me. Since he is entirely fictitious, it seems appropriate he’s the only composer to be catalogued by initial rather than full first name (since he doesn’t have one).
  • Patrick Hadley
  • Paul Dessau
  • Paul Dukas
  • Paul Hindemith
  • Pavel Haas
  • Percy Grainger
  • Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
  • Peter Maxwell Davies
  • Peter Philips
  • Peter Sculthorpe
  • Peter Warlock
  • Pēteris Vasks 34The “ē”, rather than a plain old “e”, is important enough to get right!
  • Petronio Franceschini
  • Petrus de Domarto
  • Philip Glass
  • Philippe de Monte
  • Philippe Verdelot
  • Pierre Attaingnant
  • Pierre Villette
  • Pietro Antonacci
  • Pietro Antonio Locatelli
  • Pietro Mascagni
  • Pietro Paolo Bencini

R

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Rebecca Clarke
  • Reinhard Keiser
  • Reinhold Glière35This one is confusing! The guy is listed in Groves under an entry for “Glier, Reyngol’d Moritsevich”, but with “Glière, Reinhold” in brackets immediately afterwards. The article about him then consistently calls him “Glier”. There is no explanation offered for the spelling variation in his name. Wikipedia, for what it’s worth, says he was “born Reinhold Ernest Glier” but that was “later converted for standardization purposes”, but without elaborating what those purposes were or when they took place. Groves notwithstanding, the most common modern spelling seems to be the one with a grave accent and an ‘h’.
  • Richard Addinsell
  • Richard Farrant
  • Richard Rodney Bennett
  • Richard Runciman Terry
  • Richard Strauss
  • Richard Wagner
  • Robert Fayrfax
  • Robert Jones
  • Robert Parsons
  • Robert Saxton
  • Robert Schumann
  • Robert Simpson
  • Robert White
  • Rodion Shchedrin
  • Roger Quilter
  • Roger Sessions
  • Rued Langgaard

S

  • Samuel Barber
  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
  • Samuel Scheidt
  • Saverio Mercadente
  • Scott Joplin
  • Sergei Prokofiev
  • Sergei Rachmaninov
  • Sergei Taneyev
  • Sergei Vasilenko
  • Siegmund von Hausegger
  • Silvestro Ganassi
  • Sir John Blackwood McEwan 36The second example I can think of where including someone’s title in the Composer tag is probably appropriate: Lord Berners is the other one. Both get their titles simply because no-one ever seems to mention their names without the associated title (unlike in the case of Edward Elgar, for example). If you wanted to strictly apply the rules of title-less tagging, then you’d really have to refer to plain “John Blackwood McEwan”, which causes him to be filed under J. There are already a lot of Js!.
  • Sophia Corri Dussek
  • Stephen Paulus
  • Stephen Tharp

T

  • Thoinot Arbeau
  • Thomas Adès
  • Thomas Arne
  • Thomas Morley
  • Thomas Tallis
  • Thomas Tomkins
  • Thomas Weelkes
  • Tomás Luis de Victoria
  • Tomaso Albinoni
  • Toru Takemitsu
  • Trish Clowes
  • Tylman Susato

U

  • Umberto Giordano

V

  • Vagn Holmboe 37Pronounced (approximately!) “Vauwn”, as in ‘how’, a sort of Danish version of “Vaughan”.
  • Valentin Silvestrov
  • Vasily Kalinnikov 38Some CD inserts call him ‘Vassily’, with two esses. Groves is adamant he has but one, however! His patronymic was ‘Segeyevich’, and that’s also included in Groves. However, the general practice on this website is to avoid the use of patronymics unless it’s commonly and widely used elsewhere. Since hardly anyone’s ever heard of Kalinnikov in the first place, that condition isn’t met for him, so the patronymic is out!
  • Veljo Tormis
  • Viktor Kalabis
  • Vincent d’Indy
  • Vincent Lübeck
  • Vincenzo Bellini
  • Virgil Thomson
  • Vítězslav Novák

W

  • Walter Braunfels
  • Walter Leigh
  • Walter Piston
  • Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
  • Wilhelm Stenhammar
  • William Alwyn
  • William Bolcom
  • William Boyce
  • William Busch
  • William Byrd
  • William Croft
  • William Levi Dawson 39Groves lists all three names, so do I. Commonly seen as ‘William Dawson’ or ‘William L. Dawson’ on CD covers, though.
  • William Henry Harris
  • William Herschel
  • William Mathias
  • William Mundy
  • William Russo
  • William Walton
  • Will Todd
  • Witold Lutosławski
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

X

  • Xavier Montsalvatge

Z

  • Zbigniew Preisner
  • Zoltán Kodály40Accents on the two ‘a’s are as per New Groves.