Greatest Classical Composers

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21 Scott Bradley

Not only a composer but also a master arranger. The fact he turned Manhattan Serenade into a trilling finale involving Jerry Mouse being chased out of New York shows his brilliance in the Tom and Jerry short Mouse in Manhattan.

Not the first composer many think of in this genre but his music for the old school Tom and Jerry cartoons is sure as hell distinctive.

This man did the music for the old MGM cartoons. - jezza0

22 Giuseppe 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.

Someone mentioned this being 16th. Guess what, now it's 31st!

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23 Ennio Morricone Ennio Morricone Ennio Morricone, Grand Officer OMRI is an Italian composer, orchestrator, conductor, and former trumpet player.
24 Sergei 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!

Prodigal Son, Romeo and Juiet, Cinderella etc. His ballet scores never fails to impress us. He's a true genius.

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25 Frédéric Chopin

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

You guys know he's number five, right?

Should be in top 15.

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27 Alexandre Desplat
28 Alexei Stanchinsky
29 Carl Stalling

Actually called Carl Stalling.

He did a lot of the music for the old Warner Bros. cartoons - jezza0

30 Richard Wagner Richard Wagner Wilhelm Richard Wagner was a German composer, theatre director, polemicist, and conductor who is primarily known for his operas.

Deserves the first place for the best total work of art to ever grace humanity - Parsifal. The immeasurable depth and solemnity of this work will always lead humanity into heroic...

The way is music changes, loud and gruff to melodic and gentle. Always there is beauty. He really shows how great both can be (sometimes letting them intermingle).

Wagner's work is far ahead of any other composer. He deserves first place and only is not in the top5, because his operas are too difficult to completely understand to most of the people.

Hitler's literal favorite music artist, he inspired Hitler through his music - Lucretia

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31 Giuseppe Tartini

Probably the best violinist of all time

Ah devil's thrill :3

32 Hans Zimmer Hans Zimmer

Greatest music compose ever!

"Journey to the Line." Enough said.

Watch the "No time for caution".

the best

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33 Akira Ifukube

Best Japanese Composer ever! - asantalo

34 Hoyt Curtin

This man did the music for the Hanna Barbera cartoons - jezza0

35 Niccolò Paganini

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

36 Sergei 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!

The best!

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37 Aram Khachaturian

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

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40 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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