Greatest Classical Composers

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61 Anton 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.

62 Gioachino 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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63 Hector Berlioz Hector Berlioz Hector 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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64 Béla Bartók

You should listen his String Quartet No. 5 and 6, if you are finding haunting masterpiece

49th position for one of the really great creators in human history makes this whole list ludicrous apart from the top few. Maybe the problems is that he has too few 1st votes. Before some moron says 'it's a matter of opinion' this is like saying that Joshua Reynolds is more important than say Titian or Goya.

Jesus Christ! Béla Bartók at 42? No No No It shoudn't be... He wrote most beautiful and frightening string quartets I've ever heard

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65 Howard Shore
66 Erik Satie

The composer with the most peculiar attitude on music. Pioneered impressionism, minimalism, yet was always for something unusual, special, particular...

67 Claudio Monteverdi
68 Giacomo Puccini

Some of the hest operas ever written ( la bohem, madama butterfly, turandot) came from his pen - severalsomeones

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69 Edward Elgar

Why is he so far down this list? Elgar's Cello Concerto is one of my favourite pieces, and I know of no Briton who does not feel patriotic when Land of Hope and Glory is belted out alongside his Pomp and Circumstance march. England's Finest!

How can such a brilliant man be so far down this list

One of the greatest composers of the 20th Century and certainly one of England's finest - Enigma Varations anyone? I find that people rarely fail to recognise the music itself - Land of Hope and Glory (as the most common example) has to be one of the most famous pieces of classical music out there. But I reckon few know the name of the composer. This could explain Elgar's low posting. If you're reading this and you didn't know who wrote Land of Hope and Glory - well now you do! ;-)

70 Arvo Pärt

Spiegel I'm spiegel is one of the most sensitive and deep pieces I've ever heard. Simply magnificent

71 Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
72 Benjamin Britten

Fascinating man, prodigiously gifted, whose works have stood the test of time. His music is challenging but richly rewarding upon repeated listening. A Giant among 20th Century composers!

For his range - operas, concerto's, songs and orchestral music - I would put him in the bottom of the top ten - just over Stravinsky, actually

73 Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis
74 Edward Maya
75 Jacques Offenbach

Let's face it: anybody who could create a piece of music that is today as recognizable as Infernal Gallop (more popularly known as the Cancan) is deserving to be on this list.

He deserves a better place in this list. His operas/operettas are hilariously good. He was a genius with beautiful melodies and some famous pieces.

76 Uzeyir Hajibeyov

One of the greatest from Azerbaijan!

77 Mauro Giuliani

In my opinion, the greatest guitar composer ever

78 Pierre Boulez
79 Johann Christian Bach
80 Stephen Heller
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