Greatest Classical Composers

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41 Karlheinz 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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42 Danny Elfman
43 Gustav 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.

44 Edvard 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.

His music is way better than most of the componists hugget on this list, is my opinion

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45 Robert 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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46 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

The Flight of the Bumblebee is so masterfully crafted, so ingeniously put together that this song alone qualifies Rimsky-Korsakov to be on the list.

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47 Ralph 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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48 Edgard Varese
49 George Gershwin
50 Ilayaraja

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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51 Bedrich Smetana V 1 Comment
52 Antonio Salieri
53 Henry Purcell

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

54 Yoshiki Hayashi Yoshiki Hayashi Yoshiki 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...

55 Johann Strauss I
56 Alessandro Scarlatti
57 Richard Strauss

Richard Strauss of Elektra, Salome and all his operas, his enchanting symphonic poems and songs is 90th? Wow... I put him at the bottom of the top ten... An amazingly inventive composer.

The four last songs must put Strauss up among the great composers; and Tot und Verklaerung says something to us about the human condition. He is certainly a greater composer than some of those listed above...

58 Camille 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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59 Stephen Sondheim
60 Orlande de Lassus V 1 Comment
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