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Here is a listing that spans important folks in the evolution of the tonality that we enjoy today.

Early theorists. Antiquity to 1600.

Glarianus  
Werkmeister, Andreas cycle of 3rds 1698, transition between modal and major / minor tonality.
Zarlino music theorist of the 16th century.
Kepler, Johannes  

Medieval and renaissance masters. Antiquity to 1600.

Adam de la Halle Le Gieus de Robin et Marion
Albinoni adagio
Byrd Mass
Depres Missae
Dowland first book of Ayers
Dufay Motets
Gabrieli A. Ricercari / the glory of Gabrielli
Gesualdo Madrigals
Gibbons In nomine
Gregorian chant till the 16th century
Guillaume de Machaut La Messe Nostre Dame
Lassus Madrigals
Monteverdi Madrigals / Orpheo
Ockeghem Motets
Palestrina, Giovanni Missa Papae Marcelli
Perotinus Magister Viderunt omnes
Praetorius Terpsichore
Tallis Lamentations of Jeremiah
Weelkes Tudor church music

Baroque era. 1600 to 1750.

J. S. Bach well tempered clavier
C.P.E. Bach concerto for orchestra
Boyce Symphonies
Buxtehude organ music
Corelli concerti grossi, op. 6
Couperin concerts royaux
Frescobaldi harpsichord music
Gabrieli proccessionals and ceremonial music
Gesualdo madrigals
G. F. Handel Messiah / Watermusic
Lully ballet music
Pachelbel canon in D
Pergolesi concertos
Purcell anthems / Dido and Aeneas
Rameau, Jean keyboard works, chord inversions,
D. Scarlatti sonatas for harpsichord
Swelinck toccata in A minor
Telemann suites
Vivaldi four seasons

Classical era. 1750 to 1820.

L. Von Beethoven Symphonies 5, 9 / quartets 8, 14 / piano concertos 4, 5 / Fedelio / Missa Solemnis / sonata 21, 23
Cimarosa Concerto for Oboe
Dittersdorf Sinfonia concertante
Gluck Orpheo ed Euridice
F. J. Hadyn The Creation, quartet opus 76 # 3 / Symphonies 94, 101
W. A. Mozart Piano concerto # 20, 23 / Cossi Fan Tutte / quartet # 17 / Requiem / Symphont # 38, 41
Rossini Barber of Seville / William Tell Overture
Stamitz Quartet for Woodwinds
Weber Der Freischutz

Romanticism. 1820 to 1920.

Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique
Bizet L'Arlesienne: suites 1 & 2
Borodin In The Steppes Of central Asia
Brahms Academic Festival Overture / Symphony # 1
Chopin Concerto for Piano # 2, solo piano works
DeBussy Clare de Lune
Dvorak Symphony # 9
Elgar Pomp and Circumstance Marches 1 & 4
Faure Sonata # 1
Franck Symphonic variations
Glinka Russlan and Ludmilla  / overture
Indy Symphony on a French Mountain Aire
Liszt Hungarian Rhapsodies
MacDowell Concerto # 2 for Piano
Mendelssohn Midsummer Night's Dream / Incidental Music
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
Paganini Caprice, op. 1 # 17
Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Ravel Bolero
Respighi Pines of Rome
Saint-Saens Symphony # 3, "Organ"
Schubert Quintet in A, "Trout"
Schumann Symphony # 3
Verdi Trovatore
Wagner Tristan und Isolde

Twentieth Century Music. 1920 to present.

Barber Concerto for Violin
Bartok Miraculous mandarin
Berg Wozzeck
Bernstein West Side Story
Bloch Schelomo
Boulez Piano sonatas
Britten Ceremony of Carols
Colgrass Three Brothers
Copland Appalachian Spring
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
Grofe Grand Canyon Suite
Hanson Symphony No. 2
Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphosis of themes by Weber
Honegger Pacific 231
Ives Three Places in New England
Kodaly Hary Janos, suite
Lutoslawski Concerto for Orchestra
Ornstein Quintet, piano and strings
Prokofiev Classical Symphony
Rochberg String quartet No. 2
Rosenberg Symphony No. 2
Schuman New England Triptych
Shostakovich Symphony No. 14
Skriabin Piano music
Sibelius Finlandia
Strauss Till Eulenspiegel
Stravinsky Firebird Suite
Vaughn Williams Fantasia on Greensleeves
Walton Facade
Weber Der Freischutz
Webern Symphony Op. 21, String Quartet Op. 28
Wolpe Quartet for trumpet, saxophone

Did I leave any out? Want to suggest an American or European legend who you think needs to be on this list? What's your idea?

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