Greatest Classical Composers

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21Johann Pachelbel

His Canon in D minor just touches my soul its very soulful

Pachelbel's Canon in D is AMAZING!

Pachelbel was born in 1653 in Nuremberg, Germany. He is known for writing his major piece Canon in D Major and his organ fugues. He died at the age of 52 from unknown causes. My favorite piece of his is Canon in D Major.

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22Jean Sibelius

Sibelius should definitely be among the top ten if not the top five... Back in the twenties and the thirties he was ranked number 1 even above beethoven in similar polls... He is the best symphonist of them all, incomparably evocative and uniquely original, certainly the apex of late romanticism and his many vocal and choral works though less well known are real masterpieces... It's shocking to realise people either do not know his music or do not appreciate it today - prospero

His unique, sometimes peculiar style, may not please all listeners of his works. Yet, there is such beauty and intense emotion in his works. His tonal poems are divine, invoking deep emotions. The connection of his music to the beauty of nature in his beloved homeland continously portrays visions of icy lakes, untouched wilderness, and the struggles of a small nation against an overpowering threats. The final movement of his Second Symphony is perhaps the most moving, romantic moment ever created in classical music. Due to Sibelius's uniquess as a nationalistic figure, the beauty of his music inspired by Finnish nature, and the intertwining if his works with the struggle of the Finns for their independence, Sibelius deserves to be in the top ten.

One of the very best. So original in everything he wrote.

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23Sergei Prokofiev

Marvelous composer!. Listen to the fifth symphony only the second movement. That describes his style.

The score of Romeo and Juliet will make you cry.

He may not be the best... But he is my favourite!

Dance of the Knights

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24Ennio Morricone
25Frédéric Chopin

Number 55? what. He composed some of the most moving piano works ever written. His nocturnes and etudes are fantastic.

26Alexei Stanchinsky
27Sergei Rachmaninoff

How on earth is Rachmaninoff not on here... pure genius. His Piano Concertos are excellent but his Preludes are really I think some of the most beautiful piano pieces of all time.

Chopin and Debussy are quite excellent as well. Beethoven, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky are way overrated. Bach was obviously obscenely talented and his pieces are fascinating, but I would much rather listen to Rachmaninoff, Chopin, or Debussy any day of the week. - AndrewLatham

I very much appreciate classical music but I am picky about what I listen to. Rachmaninoff is in a class by himself, a pianist even better than Horowitz and a composer of the most memorable pieces for the piano in my lifetime. In fact I consider his concerto no. 2 as THE BEST EVER. And to be rated 22 on your list is shockingly absurd.

Not only one of the greatest, but THE greatest romantic writer of all time in my opinion. This is a man who spent all of his life as a seer of the world, and from that heartache, wrote some of the greatest and most well-known pieces of the classical repetoire. Not only a miracle to classical music, but a miracle to humanity. Top 5 EASILY!

Undoubtedly the greatest composer of all time. There is more glory in one movement of his than in the entire corpus of musical history, as far as I'm concerned.

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29Giuseppe Tartini

Probably the best violinist of all time

Ah devil's thrill :3

30Niccolò Paganini

Not so much of a great musical composer but a violin player... Hmm...

31Giuseppe Verdi

Giuseppe Verdi can't be 16 in the ranking. He deserves at least a top 8

How this Italian genius cannot be included in the top 10

Verdi is arguably the best opera composer. His Requiem is beautiful. He should be placed much higher.

Giuseppe Verdi 29th! This is a joke...

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32Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Symphonies 4,5,6; nutcracker, sleeping beauty, swan lake ballets; piano and violin concertos, serenade for strings, Romeo and Juliet, 1812 overtures and many more compositions are loved by almost every classical music listeners. Just look at the World's symphonic orchestra programs...

33Aram Khachaturian

Toccata will forever be one of my favorite pieces...

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35Hans Zimmer

"Journey to the Line." Enough said.

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36Alexander Borodin
37Arnold Schoenberg

I don't think he's really "classical"! - Alex151

38Antonin Dvorak

The Czech Beethoven. Was brilliant in just about every genre he touched (and he touched virtually all that existed at the time). One of the best composers of symphonies and chamber music of all-time. For some underrated gems try his Symphony No. 6 and the Piano Trio No. 3.

A great composer who had a real penchant for melody. Some of his programmatic works and his Symphonies demonstrate a great intuitive grasp of counterpoint (i consider him the Romantic heir to Bach)

His New world symphony is simply stunning, but everything he made should be called a masterpiece.

This man is a god.

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39Aaron Copland

He embodies Americana. Why John Williams has a higher placing than Aaron Copland is beyond me. With- out Aaron Copland we would not have a John Williams. Also, John Williams, like most movie composers, must be inspired by the picture or the moment in a movie to add the back drop of music. Aaron Copland created the music first and inspires us to envision America through his music. That is pure genius.

I would move him up 20 or more points for helping define the 'American Sound', which is music suggesting expanse and spacial distance, which is the American landscape. Also, he was a major influence on Leonard Bernstein and John Williams, without which, we would not have had "West Side Story" and "Star Wars".

40Karlheinz Stockhausen

German composer, widely acknowledged by critics as one of the most important (Barrett 1988, 45; Harvey 1975b, 705; Hopkins 1972, 33; Klein 1968, 117) but also controversial (Power 1990, 30) composers of the 20th and early 21st centuries. Another critic calls him "one of the great visionaries of 20th-century music" (Hewett 2007). He is known for his ground-breaking work in electronic music, aleatory (controlled chance) in serial composition, and musical spatialization.

Immensely enjoyable music opening the door to different Worlds and transcendental states. Always the voice of the human being in juxta-position to the absurdity of reality.

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