The letter s is immanently musical, standing as it does, in German, for the note E-flat.

Hence, it should come as no surprise that many composers have names beginning with this letter:

Have I forgotten anyone? Missed a hot link? Left out an alternate transliteration? Tell me!

About this list:
With well over 750 entries, I claim this to be the most comprehensive list of composers with names beginning with S anywhere on the planet (albeit in a slightly unorthodox format).
The list has been compiled from numerous sources: the Schwann and Bielefelder catalogues, several smaller music encyclopædiæ, my own collections of recordings and concert program notes. In the course of searching for links, I have turned up a number of other lists of composers, and I have collated new names from these, linking the names thus found back to the source. Many names have turned up in multiple lists, I have generally linked only to the list where I first found the name. Finally, some readers have sent me mail to point out additional composers (Thanks to: Julian Hook).
In the end, this is really just a bit of a lark. (Although, if I can turn up this amount of information for free, imagine what I could do if you paid me for my time!-)
With regards to copyright: I claim the copyright to this list. If you want to build your own list, collecting names from as many sources as you can get your hands on, fine. And if in the course of doing so you make reference to my list, that's fine, too. But if you were to copy this list (with or without the links) and replace my signature with yours... oh, why would you want to do that? Don't. Thank you.

Copyright © 1996-2002 Peter Castine.