American Composers -- Nearly Forgotten

This is an incomplete list of American composers of orchestral music, in chronological order. Some you may recognize, most probably not. I will continuously update this list with relevant information for each composer, their lives, and their music, in the hope of keeping it alive and prevalent.

William Henry Fry

William Henry Fry

(1813–1864)

George Frederick Bristow

George Frederick Bristow

(1825–1898)

Louis Moreau Gottschalk

Louis Moreau Gottschalk

(1829–1869)

Benjamin Johnson Lang

Benjamin Johnson Lang

(1837–1909)

John Knowles Paine

John Knowles Paine

(1839–1906)

Arthur Foote

Arthur Foote

(1853–1937)

George Whitefield Chadwick

George Whitefield Chadwick

(1854–1931)

Victor Herbert

Victor Herbert

(1859–1924)

Edward MacDowell

Edward MacDowell

(1860–1908)

Walter Damrosch

Walter Damrosch

(1862–1950)

Horatio Parker

Horatio Parker

(1863–1919)

Scott Joplin

Scott Joplin

(1867/68–1917)

Amy Beach

Amy Beach

(1867–1944)

Victor Harris

Victor Harris

(1869–1943)

Arthur Nevin

Arthur Nevin

(1871–1943)

Rubin Goldmark

Rubin Goldmark

(1872–1936)

Arthur Farwell

Arthur Farwell

(1872–1952)

John Alden Carpenter

John Alden Carpenter

(1876–1951)

Carl Ruggles

Carl Ruggles

(1876–1971)

Ernest Bloch

Ernest Bloch

(1880–1959)

Charles Tomlinson Griffes

Charles Tomlinson Griffes

(1884–1920)

Joseph Lamb

Joseph Lamb

(1887–1960)

Ferde Grofé

Ferde Grofé

(1892–1972)

Walter Piston

Walter Piston

(1894–1976)

William Grant Still

William Grant Still

(1895–1978)

Leroy Robertson

Leroy Robertson

(1896–1971)

Howard Hanson

Howard Hanson

(1896–1981)

Roger Sessions

Roger Sessions

(1896–1985)

Virgil Thomson

Virgil Thomson

(1896–1989)

Erich Korngold

Erich Korngold

(1897–1957)

Henry Cowell

Henry Cowell

(1897–1965)

Roy Harris

Roy Harris

(1898–1979)

George Frederick McKay

George Frederick McKay

(1899–1970)

Randall Thompson

Randall Thompson

(1899–1984)

George Antheil

George Antheil

(1900–1959)

Ruth Crawford Seeger

Ruth Crawford Seeger

(1901–1953)

Harry Partch

Harry Partch

(1901–1974)

Franz Waxman

Franz Waxman

(1906–1967)

Leroy Anderson

Leroy Anderson

(1908–1975)

Elliott Carter

Elliott Carter

(1908–2012)

William Schuman

William Schuman

(1910–1992)

Bernard Herrmann

Bernard Herrmann

(1911–1975)

Alan Hovhaness

Alan Hovhaness

(1911–2000)

Gian Carlo Menotti

Gian Carlo Menotti

(1911–2007)

Don Gillis

Don Gillis

(1912–1978)

Conlon Nancarrow

Conlon Nancarrow

(1912–1997)

Arthur Berger

Arthur Berger

(1912–2003)

Morton Gould

Morton Gould

(1913–1996)

Vivian Fine

Vivian Fine

(1913–2000)

Irving Fine

Irving Fine

(1914–1963)

Vincent Persichetti

Vincent Persichetti

(1915–1987)

David Diamond

David Diamond

(1915–2005)

George Perle

George Perle

(1915–2009)

Milton Babbitt

Milton Babbitt

(1916–2011)

Lou Harrison

Lou Harrison

(1917–2003)

Edward T. Cone

Edward T. Cone

(1917–2004)

Leon Kirchner

Leon Kirchner

(1919–2009)

William Bergsma

William Bergsma

(1921–1994)

Lukas Foss

Lukas Foss

(1922–2009)

Peter Mennin

Peter Mennin

(1923–1983)

Benjamin Lees

Benjamin Lees

(1924–2010)

Gunther Schuller

Gunther Schuller

(1925–2015)

Morton Feldman

Morton Feldman

(1926–1987)

David Tudor

David Tudor

(1926–1996)

Lee Hoiby

Lee Hoiby

(1926–2011)

Jacob Druckman

Jacob Druckman

(1928–1996)

André Previn

André Previn

(1929–2019)

Harold Shapero

Harold Shapero

(born 1920)

Ned Rorem

Ned Rorem

(born 1923)

Samuel Adler

Samuel Adler

(born 1928)

George Crumb

George Crumb

(born 1929)

John Towner Williams

John Towner Williams

(born 1932)

Steve Reich

Steve Reich

(born 1936)

David Del Tredici

David Del Tredici

(born 1937)

Jan Bach

Jan Bach

(born 1937)

Joan Tower

Joan Tower

(born 1938)