Greatest Classical Composers

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41Danny Elfman
42Gustav Holst

Best known for his symphony, "The Planets, " Gustav Holst is a real icon for the late romantic era and early British nationalist music. Fond of folk tunes? Have a go at his Symphonies in E flat and F for military band - two of the greatest wind pieces I have ever heard, and a heartbreakingly beautiful interpretation of the English folk world.

43Robert Schumann

Schumann, Brahms, Handel and Haydn are all too low, but I voted for Schumann because he was lowest of all of these. Second greatest lieder writer of all time, and also one of the greatest composers of solo piano music, plus some great orchestral and chamber works.

Schumann deserves a better spot. His piano work and symphonies are among the best.

The True Romantic - his music has such energy. Very fine piano concerto and brilliant 1st and 3rd. Symphonies. He inspired others such as Brahms.

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44Edvard Grieg

Clean, fresh, memorable, and recognized by everybody. This guy does not get enough credit.

In the hall of the mountain king is my all-time favorite classical piece

His work is beautiful and distinctive. Near top 10.

Should be higher on this list...

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45Ralph Vaughan Williams

Although think that composers such as Vivaldi, Beethoven, Wagner, Bach are more influential and important to music and even other Romantic era musicians such as Rachmaninoff, Holst and Elgar but Mr Williams is just a musical messiah. No other composer had this much passion for music and culture. He traveled the UK pubs learning local folk songs and recording them in order to preserve them, effectively saving a whole era of British music almost single-handedly.

I'm not a patriot by any means but Ralph Vaughn Williams is one of the few people that honestly makes me glad to be British. Also, it has been reported that he was one of the kindest, most selfless men around by his peers and family. Nobody has the ability to 'flow' music better than Williams, just listen to 'Thomas Talis on a theme fantasia' while someone like Beethoven just seems to build to crescendo after crescendo, Williams does the complete opposite and mostly teases towards crescendos such as with pieces like ...more - togutas

Vaughn Williams is not nearly as highly rated as the Thomas Tallis on a theme Fantasia and the violin solo Lark Ascending merit. His symphonies are very good too

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46Edgard Varese
47A. R. Rahman

Winner of 2 Academy award, and various Indian & International award winner for music.. Most wanted, most saleable music director of the world. More than 300 million record sold all over the world. He is the lving legend among all music composers. He is International musician, composed mainly in Tamil, Hindi, Mandarin, and English. One of his album translated & sold in 265 languages of the world.

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48George Gershwin
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50Antonio Salieri
51Ilayaraja

Composed so many ever green songs and bgms in the 80s. Listen to his songs. music has no language barrier

Made Symphony (Only Asian) in RPO, London & "How to Nae it? & "Nothing But Wind"... 1000 Movies as Music Director made in Tamil, English, Hindi, Malayalam, Telugu&Marathi

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52Henry Purcell

Abdelazer Suite or "The Moor's Revenge" is a very beautiful piece. The second movement, Rondeau, is frequently played.

53Johann Strauss I
54Yoshiki HayashiYoshiki Hayashi is a Japanese musician, songwriter, composer and record producer. Better known by his stage name Yoshiki, he is best known as the leader and a co-founder of the heavy metal band X Japan, for which he is the drummer, pianist and main songwriter. The band achieved breakthrough success ...read more.

I am proud of yoshiki being in the list, he is so a great composer and I think he is something like our XXI century mozart just saying...

55Camille Saint-Saens

Amazing composer can't believe sits at 50! He wrote the Carnival of the Animals which inspires young children to listen to music, in my point of view, the swan is the best, and all his works deserve this guy to be top 30

Perfect orchestrator, clear harmony, excellent melody

Symphony no 3 finale on church organ

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56Stephen Sondheim
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58Anton Bruckner

No composer reached to the bare human condition as profoundly as Anton Bruckner. It feels like coming home and being alienated at the same time. He showed that religiuous feelings are about openness to reality, letting transcendence speak for itself. No composer achieved this like he did. As someone put it: primordial matter evoked in sound.

59Gioachino Rossini

He and Tchaikovsky are the two most entertaining. They are my top two. That's what music is all about. They were both ahead of their time in relating to an evolving audience. Rossini's William Tell is one of the few compositions which has universal appeal. Most of his overtures were in reality "mini-symphonies" as a bonus before the opera even begins. He was the first great modern entertainer.

How did Rossini end up being 48th? He set the stage for Bellini, Donizetti and Verdi. He carried Italian on his back for over a decade. He is highly original, extremely entertaining and moving. He deserves to be much higher.

Awesome specially the thieving magpie
Song was in a clockwork orange

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60Hector BerliozHector Berlioz was a French Romantic composer, best known for his compositions Symphonie fantastique and Grande messe des morts (Requiem).

Have we all forgotten the first great romantic composer, and his awe-inspiring "Symphonie Fantastique"? This man truly deserves to be in at least the top ten! -

Considering that he received no training on the piano and almost became a physician, Berlioz is something of a miracle. His "Symphonie Fantastique" and "Harold in Italy" changed the landscape of Romantic music and proved to be early Romantic pieces of monumental importance.

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