|There has been
much interest in historic periods as they apply to music and the composers
listed herein are classified in regard with the period which lived and
composed. The terms used for the various historic periods are borrowed
from art history, and often follow similar developmental trends in painting,
sculpture, literature, and architecture. Although any such groupings are
at best arbitrary, it may help us to associate composers with the predominant
styles flourishing during these periods, and thus make it easier to find
music that you will like that for now may be unfamiliar.
Please bear in
mind that the placement of a composer in any one specific period is an
arbitrary choice based on flexible definitions. For this reason, dates
of certain composers overlap boundaries on the list. To assist you in understanding
the musical eras often referred to, definitions of each period are provided.