WMTA Composer List Information
Historical Periods (all years approximate):
Renaissance 1450-1600 (i.e. William Byrd, Thomas Morley)
Baroque 1600-1750 (i.e. J.S. Bach, Handel, Scarlatti, Telemann)
Classical 1750-1825 (i.e. Beethoven, CPE Bach, Haydn, Mozart)
Romantic 1825-1910 (i.e. Brahms, Chopin, MacDowell, Schumann)
Impressionist 1890-1910 (i.e. Debussy, Faure, Ravel, Satie)
Classic 20th Century 1900-1975 (i.e. Bartok, Joplin, Rachmaninoff, Villa-Lobos)
Trans 20th/21st 1960-Today (i.e. Bober, Gillock, Mier, Rollin, Vandall)
The Composer Lists above designate musical historical periods. Depending on what track a student enters, the pieces performed may be required to be from different historical periods. This requirement is in place to have the student demonstrate his or her ability to perform material written in different styles. Therefore, the teacher must use discretion in choosing audition repertoire to be sure that this goal is met. Please refer to the “Repertoire and Memory Requirements” tab for specific requirements for each track/level entered.
The WMTA Composer list is to be used as a historical guideline to assist teachers in finding a composer’s time period. Not all composers are on this list (especially Classic 20th Century and Trans 20th/21st Century) due to the ever-changing and growing number of composers and compositions. Most commonly performed composers are listed in the Ovation database system, already in their correct historical period.
Many composers’ works are transitional in nature and could be included in more than one period. In the interests of consistency, decisions have been made based upon the most commonly agreed upon determination for each composer. When a composer is listed as being in two different periods, each specific composition by this composer is already listed in Ovation under the period they best fit. Pieces by that composer no longer count toward both periods. Any duplicates in Ovation under multiple time periods will be deleted.
ANY reputable published composer/composition that clearly falls into a specific time period is allowed – including “anonymous”. “Anonymous” refers to a composition in which the original manuscript exists, but there is no composer attributed to it.
For any composers not listed in the Ovation composition database, please contact your local district chair or the composition chair at: WMTACompositionHotline@gmail.com. (Due to the large number of Classic 20th Century and Trans 20th/21st Century piano/instrumental composers, only 20th century percussion composers are specifically included in the composers list.)