List of piano composers

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This is a list of piano composers.

Baroque period[edit]

Classical period[edit]

Romantic period[edit]

20th century[edit]

Composer Born Died Nationality Notable works for piano Remarks
Theodor Adorno 1903 1969 German
Miguel del Aguila 1957 Uruguayan-American
  • Toccata
  • Sonata No.2
  • Conga
  • Nocturne
Roy Agnew 1891 1944 Australian
Willem Andriessen 1887 1964 Dutch
Samuel Barber 1910 1981 American
  • Concerto for Piano and Orchestra op.38 (1962)
  • Nocturne for Piano (Homage to John Field), Op. 33
  • Sonata for Piano (Op. 26, 1949)
Béla Bartók 1881 1945 Hungarian Folksong-influenced, Centric, Modal, Polymodal/Polytonal
Arnold Bax 1883 1953 English
  • Piano Sonata No. 1 (1910, 1917–1920)
  • Piano Sonata No. 2 (1919)
  • Piano Sonata in E-flat (1921)
  • Piano Sonata No. 3 (1926)
  • Piano Sonata No. 4 (1932)
Romantic, Impressionist
Emile-Robert Blanchet 1877 1943 Swiss
York Bowen 1884 1961 English Romantic
Frank Bridge 1879 1941 English Late-Romantic, hints of Second Viennese School
Ferruccio Busoni 1866 1924 Italian Mature works of indeterminate key; Late in career, neoclassical
Alfredo Casella 1883 1947 Italian
Cécile Chaminade 1857 1944 French
Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis 1875 1911 Lithuanian
  • Piano Sonata in F major
  • Nocturne in C-sharp minor
  • Nocturne in F minor
  • Impromptu in F-sharp minor
Aaron Copland 1900 1990 American
  • Appalachian Spring
  • Salon Mexico
  • Quiet City
Claude Debussy 1862 1918 French Impressionist
Duke Ellington 1899 1974 American Jazz
Samuil Feinberg 1890 1962 Russian
Ossip Gabrilowitsch 1878 1936 Russian, American
George Gershwin 1898 1937 American Jazz-influenced
Alberto Ginastera 1916 1983 Argentine Earlier works often integrate Argentine folk themes; later works increasingly abstracted
Alexander Glazunov 1865 1936 Russian Romantic
Leopold Godowsky 1870 1938 Polish, American
Percy Grainger 1882 1961 Australian, English, American
Enrique Granados 1867 1916 Spanish Distinctly Spanish
Gabriel Grovlez 1879 1944 French
Vladimir Horowitz 1903 1989 Ukrainian, American
Charles Ives 1874 1954 American
Scott Joplin 1867 1917 American Ragtime
Dmitri Kabalevsky 1904 1987 Russian, Soviet
Aram Khachaturian 1903 1978 Soviet, Armenian
Viktor Kosenko 1896 1938 Ukrainian
Joseph Lamb 1887 1960 American Ragtime
Constant Lambert 1905 1951 English
  • Piano Sonata (1928–1929)
  • Suite in 3 Movements (1925)
  • Elegiac Blues (1927)
Ernesto Lecuona 1895 1963 Cuban
Nikolai Medtner 1880 1951 Russian
Erkki Melartin 1875 1937 Finnish
Olivier Messiaen 1906 1992 French
Federico Mompou 1893 1987 Catalan, Spanish
Thelonious Monk 1917 1982 American Jazz
Nikolai Myaskovsky 1881 1950 Russian, Soviet
Ernesto Nazareth 1863 1934 Brazilian Eclectic influences; primarily dance music (tangos, waltzes, polkas, etc.), influenced by African and Argentine styles
Walter Niemann 1876 1953 German Impressionist and exotic influences
Ignacy Jan Paderewski 1860 1941 Polish
Jacobo Palm 1887 1982 Curaçao-born
John Palm 1885 1925 Curaçao-born
Rudolph Palm 1880 1950 Curaçao-born
Selim Palmgren 1878 1951 Finnish
Isidor Philipp 1863 1958 French, Hungarian
Francis Poulenc 1899 1963 French
Sergei Prokofiev 1891 1953 Russian
Sergei Rachmaninoff 1873 1943 Russian Romantic
Maurice Ravel 1875 1937 French Impressionist; sometimes jazz-influenced
Vladimir Rebikov 1866 1920 Russian Impressionist, Romantic
Emmanuel Rhené-Baton 1879 1940 French
Jean Roger-Ducasse 1873 1954 French
Erik Satie 1866 1925 French Impressionist; Minimalist (precursor)
Ahmed Adnan Saygun 1907 1991 Turkish Neoclassical, traditional Turkish folksong influence
Florent Schmitt 1870 1958 French Impressionist, Late-Romantic
Arnold Schoenberg 1874 1951 Austrian, American Serial (mature/late career), Late-Romantic (early career)
James Scott 1885 1938 American, African-American Ragtime
Alexander Scriabin 1872 1915 Russian Late-Romantic (early); Atonal, Mystical (mature)
Verdina Shlonsky 1905 1990 Israeli
  • Still Life
  • Pages from the Diary
  • Youth Suite
  • Five Sketches
  • Reflection
Polystylism
Dmitri Shostakovich 1906 1975 Russian, Soviet Post-Romantic; neoclassical; elements of grotesque
Jean Sibelius 1865 1957 Finnish Late-Romantic; post-Romantic
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji 1892 1988 English Neoclassical, neoromantic, postimpressionistic
Alexei Stanchinsky 1888 1914 Russian Post-Romantic, modal
Wilhelm Stenhammar 1871 1927 Swedish
Richard Strauss 1864 1949 German
Igor Stravinsky 1882 1971 Russian, French, American Post-Romantic (early); Neoclassical (middle); Serial (late career)
Soulima Stravinsky 1910 1994 Swiss, American
Tōru Takemitsu 1930 1996 Japanese Eclectic, with influences ranging from jazz, popular music, avant-garde procedures, and traditional Japanese music; strongly influenced by Debussy and Messiaen
Eduard Tubin 1905 1982 Estonian
Joaquin Turina 1882 1949 Spanish
Galina Ustvolskaya 1919 2006 Russian Eclectic
Heitor Villa-Lobos 1887 1959 Brazilian
Ángel Villoldo 1861 1919 Argentine Tango
Pancho Vladigerov 1899 1978 Bulgarian
Fats Waller 1904 1943 American Jazz

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