Web Poll

These are the results of an Internet survey taken in 1999.

The voting was quite close.  Composers tied with the same number of votes are arranged in alphabetical order.  

As chosen by web voters,  here are the...       

  Top 10 Favorite American Composers of the Past    

1. Aaron Copland (1900-1990)

[2/3: two way tie - arranged alphabetically]
George Gershwin (1898-1937) 

Charles Ives (1874-1954)

    [4/5/6: three way tie - arranged alphabetically]

    Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
    George Whitefield Chadwick (1854-1931) 
    Charles Tomlinson Griffes (1884-1920)

       [ 7/8/9/10: four way tie - arranged alphabetically]

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
Duke Ellington (1899-1974)
Roy Harris (1898-1979)
Randall Thompson (1899-1984)


List of American Composers      

There were 25 other American composers who were chosen by web voters.

Here are their names:

  • William Billings
  • John Alden Carpenter
  • John Cage
  • Frederick Converse
  • Henry Cowell
  • Paul Creston
  • Richard Donovan
  • Henry F. Gilbert
  • Louis Moreau Gottschalk
  • Henry Hadley
  • Howard Hanson
  • Bernard Herrmann
  • Edward B. Hill
  • Norman dello Joio
  • Edward MacDowell
  • Daniel Gregory Mason
  • Peter Menin
  • Conlon Nancarrow
  • Harry Partch
  • Walter Piston
  • Carl Ruggles
  • William Schuman
  • Ruth Crawford Seeger
  • Roger Sessions
  • John Philip Sousa

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