Greatest Classical Composers

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21 Dmitry Shostakovich

The more I listen to his music, the more I fall in love with it. It is so deep and always from his heart. His quartets, symphonies, concertos... All amazing!

The stories of his struggles with the Soviet government is also a pain to read.

Honesty time. I cry while listening to the eighth string quartet. My favorite composer of all time. He went through so much, and his music channels that so beautifully. - NymeriaWaters

The most interesting composer of all time.

Greatest composer to ever live. More people should listen to his symphony no. 5 and string quartet no.8, especially if they are new to classical music. I have played his 2nd piano concerto, it's also fantastic.

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

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 Alexei Stanchinsky
26 Jean Sibelius

Sibelius should definitely be among the top ten if not the top five... Back in the twenties and the thirties he was ranked number 1 even above beethoven in similar polls... He is the best symphonist of them all, incomparably evocative and uniquely original, certainly the apex of late romanticism and his many vocal and choral works though less well known are real masterpieces... It's shocking to realise people either do not know his music or do not appreciate it today - prospero

His unique, sometimes peculiar style, may not please all listeners of his works. Yet, there is such beauty and intense emotion in his works. His tonal poems are divine, invoking deep emotions. The connection of his music to the beauty of nature in his beloved homeland continously portrays visions of icy lakes, untouched wilderness, and the struggles of a small nation against an overpowering threats. The final movement of his Second Symphony is perhaps the most moving, romantic moment ever created in classical music. Due to Sibelius's uniquess as a nationalistic figure, the beauty of his music inspired by Finnish nature, and the intertwining if his works with the struggle of the Finns for their independence, Sibelius deserves to be in the top ten.

One of the very best. So original in everything he wrote.

His violin concerto could bring any man to tears.

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28 Giuseppe Tartini

Probably the best violinist of all time

Ah devil's thrill :3

29 Niccolò Paganini

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

30 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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31 Arvo Pärt

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

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33 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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34 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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35 Aram Khachaturian

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

36 Antonin Dvorak

The Czech Beethoven. Was brilliant in just about every genre he touched (and he touched virtually all that existed at the time). One of the best composers of symphonies and chamber music of all-time. For some underrated gems try his Symphony No. 6 and the Piano Trio No. 3.

A great composer who had a real penchant for melody. Some of his programmatic works and his Symphonies demonstrate a great intuitive grasp of counterpoint (i consider him the Romantic heir to Bach)

His New world symphony is simply stunning, but everything he made should be called a masterpiece.

His cello concerto played by Jacqueline Du Pre is one of the best recordings in the classical music world. He invoked passion and his own unique style in every piece he composed.

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38 Arnold Schoenberg

I don't think he's really "classical"! - Alex151

39 Aaron Copland

He embodies Americana. Why John Williams has a higher placing than Aaron Copland is beyond me. With- out Aaron Copland we would not have a John Williams. Also, John Williams, like most movie composers, must be inspired by the picture or the moment in a movie to add the back drop of music. Aaron Copland created the music first and inspires us to envision America through his music. That is pure genius.

I would move him up 20 or more points for helping define the 'American Sound', which is music suggesting expanse and spacial distance, which is the American landscape. Also, he was a major influence on Leonard Bernstein and John Williams, without which, we would not have had "West Side Story" and "Star Wars".

40 Franz von Suppe
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