Essential Living Composers

Henri Dutilleux
György Kurtág
Nicholas Maw
Helmut Lachenmann
John Corigliano
Jacques Hétu
Louis Andriessen
Joseph Schwantner
Tristan Murail
Chris Rouse
Steven Stucky
Stephen Hartke
Gary Kulesha
Christopher Theofanidis
Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez

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(A Few) Important Dead Ones

Gyorgy LIgeti
Witold Lutoslawski
Franco Donatoni
iannis xenakis
Toru Takemitsu
Olivier Messiaen
Alban Berg
Anton Webern
Claude Debussy
Maurice Ravel

Not Strictly Concert Music ( ... But Good )

Ryan Adams
Rufus Wainwright
Martha Wainwright
Ron Sexsmith

Friends and Colleagues

Andrea Wiltzius
Kathryn Aaron
Rebecca Turner
Judah Adashi
Jason Anthony Allen
Alex Eddington
Craig Galbraith
Aaron Gervais
Scott Good
Robert Rival
William Rowson
Fuhong SHI

Resources for Composers

AMC – The American Music Center
ASCAP – American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers
BMI – Broadcast Music Inc.
CPCC – Center for the Promotion of Contemporary Composers
IAWM – International Alliance for Women in Music
ISCM – International Society for Contemporary Music
CPCC – Opportunities for Composers
Finale – Music Notation Software
Sibelius – Music Notation Software
Composer Tools



Samual Adler, Orchestration (invaluable)
Rimsky-Korsakoff, Orchestration (Good for some things)
Cecil Forsythe, Orchestration (OK)