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Notable Romantic Era Composers (1820 – 1900)

If you wish to be generally familiar with classical music, here is a short list of composers you should know from this period.

NameBirthDeathNationalityRepresentative Pieces
Beach, Amy
 ML410 .B36
18671944AmericanThree Browning Songs (voice and piano)
Gaelic Symphony (orchestra)
Brahms, Johannes
 ML410 .B8
18331897GermanLiebeslieder Waltzes (choir and piano 4 hands)
Violin Concerto
German Requiem (mass)
Chopin, Frédéric
 ML410 .C54
18101849PolishNocturnes (piano)
Mazurkas (piano)
Minute Waltz (piano)
Dvořák, Antonín
 ML410 .D99
18411904CzechSymphony No. 9 “From the New World”
Rusalka (opera)
String Quartet no. 12 “American”
Liszt, Franz
 ML410 .L7
18111886HungarianHungarian Rhapsodies (piano)
Les Préludes (orchestra)
Marche Funèbre (piano)
Mahler, Gustav
 ML410 .M23
18601911AustrianSymphony No. 5 (orchestra)
Symphony No. 9 (orchestra)
Kindertotenlieder (song cycle, voice and orchestra)
Mendelssohn, Felix
 ML410 .M5
18091847GermanA Midsummer Night’s Dream (orchestra)
Symphony No. 4 “Italian”
Songs Without Words (piano)
Puccini, Giacomo
 ML410 .P89
18581924ItalianLa Bohème (opera)
Tosca (opera)
Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai
 ML410 .R52
18441909RussianCapriccio Espagnol (orchestra)
Flight of the Bumblebee (orchestra) (from the opera Tale of the Tsar)
Scheherazade (orchestra)
Rossini, Gioacchino
 ML410 .R8
17921868ItalianThe Barber of Seville (opera)
William Tell (opera)
Saint-Saëns, Camille
 ML410 .S15
18351921FrenchSymphony No. 3 “Organ” 
Danse Macabre (orchestra)
The Carnival of the Animals (chamber)
Schumann, Robert
 ML410 .S4
18101856GermanKinderszenen (piano)
Carnaval (piano)
Dichterliebe (song cycle)
Sousa, John Philip
 ML410 .S688
18541932AmericanThe Washington Post (march)
The Stars and Stripes Forever (march)
The Liberty Bell (march)
Strauss, Johann II
 ML410 .S91
18251899AustrianThe Blue Danube Waltz (orchestra)
Die Fledermaus (operetta)
Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich
 ML410 .C4
18401893RussianThe Nutcracker (ballet)
Swan Lake (ballet)
1812 Overture (orchestra)
Eugene Onegin (opera)
Symphony No. 6 “Pathetique”
Verdi, Giuseppe
 ML410 .V4
18131901ItalianAida (opera)
Rigoletto (opera)
Requiem (mass)
Wagner, Richard
 ML410 .W1
18131883GermanThe Ring Cycle (4 operas)
Tristan und Isolde (opera)
Parsifal (opera)