A timeline of symphonies from 1900-1945

A timeline of the major symphonic works produced in the first half of the 20th Century

By: Fiona Richards (Music Department)

  • Duration 5 mins
  • Updated Thursday 17th November 2011
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Music, History of Art
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For a discussion of the symphony between 1900-45, see Musical landscapes: The symphony after 1900. You can also explore the connections between some of the 20th century's most important composers.

 Date  Composer  Symphony
 1901-02  Sibelius  Symphony no. 2
 1901-02  Nielsen  Symphony no. 2 'The Four Temperaments
 1901-02  Mahler  Symphony no. 5
 1903-05  Debussy  La Mer 'Symphonic Sketches'
 1903-09  Vaughan Williams  A Sea Symphony
 1904  Strauss  Sinfonia Domestica
 1906  Schoenberg  Chamber Symphony no. 1
 1906  Mahler  Symphony no. 8
 1907-08  Elgar  Symphony no. 1
 1908-11  Ives  Symphony no. 3 'The Camp Meeting'
 1912-13  Vaughan Williams  A London Symphony
 1914-16  Nielsen  Symphony no. 4 'The Inextinguishable'
 1914-16  Szymanowski  Symphony no. 3 'The song of the night'
 1915  Strauss  Alpine Symphony
 1915  Sibelius  Symphony no. 5
 1915-28  Ives  Universe Symphony (unfinished)
 1916-17  Prokofiev  Symphony no. 1 'Classical'
 1917-19  Ives  A Symphony: New England Holidays
 1921  Vaughan Williams  Pastoral Symphony
 1922  Milhaud  Symphonie de chambre no. 5
 1923  Honegger  Mouvement symphonique no. 1 'Pacific 231'
 1924  Sibelius  Symphony no. 7
 1926  Janácek  Sinfonietta
 1927  Shostakovich  Symphony no. 2 'To October'
 1929  Bax  Symphony no. 3
 1930  Stravinsky  Symphony of Psalms
 1933-34  Britten  Simple Symphony
 1934  Hindemith  Mathis der Maler
 1934-37  Moeran  Symphony in G minor
 1939-40  Casella  Symphony no. 3
 1940  Britten  Sinfonia da Requiem
 1941  Shostakovich  Symphony no. 7 'Leningrad'
 1942-45  Stravinsky  Symphony in Three Movements
 1944-46  Copland  Symphony no. 2
 1945  Benjamin  Symphony
 1945  Klami  Symphony no. 2
 1945  Shostakovich  Symphony no. 9
 1945-46  Honegger  Symphony no. 3 'Liturgique'