Greatest Classical Composers

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61Béla 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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62Howard Shore
63Erik Satie

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

64Claudio Monteverdi
65Giacomo Puccini

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

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66Edward 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! ;-)

67Arvo Pärt

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

68Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
69Benjamin 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

70Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis
71Edward Maya
72Jacques 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.

73Nikolai 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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74Uzeyir Hajibeyov

One of the greatest from Azerbaijan!

75Mauro Giuliani

In my opinion, the greatest guitar composer ever

76Pierre Boulez
77Johann Christian Bach
78Stephen Heller
79Leonard Bernstein
80Georg Philipp Telemann
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