Greatest Classical Composers

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41 Arnold Schoenberg

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

42 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".

43 Franz von Suppe
44 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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45 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.

46 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.

One of the best

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47 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Symphonies 4,5,6; nutcracker, sleeping beauty, swan lake ballets; piano and violin concertos, serenade for strings, Romeo and Juliet, 1812 overtures and many more compositions are loved by almost every classical music listeners. Just look at the World's symphonic orchestra programs...

48 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.

Flight of the bumblebee enough said amazing composer

He should be on the 2nd page

49 Edgard Varese
50 Bedrich Smetana V 1 Comment
51 George Gershwin
52 A. R. Rahman A. R. Rahman Allah-Rakha Rahman, is an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, musician and philanthropist.

Winner of 2 Academy award, and various Indian & International award winner for music.. Most wanted, most saleable music director of the world. More than 300 million record sold all over the world. He is the lving legend among all music composers. He is International musician, composed mainly in Tamil, Hindi, Mandarin, and English. One of his album translated & sold in 265 languages of the world.

He is the gift of music!

Legend

53 Antonio Salieri

Rival of Motzart and teacher of beethoven, Antonio is the most underrated composer of all time.

54 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.

55 Johann Strauss I
56 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.

amazing

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57 Ilayaraja Ilayaraja Ilaiyaraaja is an Indian film composer who works in the South Indian cinema but predominantly in Tamil since the late 1970s.

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

Ilaiyaraja = Music God

58 Stephen Sondheim
59 Orlande de Lassus V 1 Comment
60 Henry Purcell

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

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