Hugh Masekela
Hugh Masekela

South African jazz composer, singer, and trumpet player
Masekela fused American jazz music with South African song styles, creating his own genre of music appreciated by jazz and world music fans alike.

One of the earliest musici...

Arnold Schoenberg
Arnold Schoenberg

Austrian American classical composer
Schoenberg is noted for breaking from tonal harmony and for inventing the twelve-tone, or serial, method of composition.

Born:
September 13, 1874; Vienna, Austro- Hungaria...

Esa-Pekka Salonen
Esa-Pekka Salonen

Finnish classical composer and conductor
Salonen is renowned for his role in championing the cause of contemporary music. A conducting prodigy, he is also a versatile composer of evocative works that feature unusual textures, contrasts, ...

Dave Brubeck
Dave Brubeck

American jazz composer and pianist
As a composer, pianist, and leader of an influential quartet, Brubeck introduced unusual time signatures, polyrhythms, and polytonalities to the jazz world.

Born:
December 6...

Igor Stravinsky
Igor Stravinsky

Russian classical composer
A prolific composer who dominated the international musical scene throughout his life, Stravinsky developed a personal compositional identity, which appropriated influences ranging from nationalism to primitivi...