Greatest Classical Composers

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41 Franz von Suppe
42 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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43 Danny Elfman
44 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.

45 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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46 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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47 Ralph Vaughan Williams

Although think that composers such as Vivaldi, Beethoven, Wagner, Bach are more influential and important to music and even other Romantic era musicians such as Rachmaninoff, Holst and Elgar but Mr Williams is just a musical messiah. No other composer had this much passion for music and culture. He traveled the UK pubs learning local folk songs and recording them in order to preserve them, effectively saving a whole era of British music almost single-handedly.

I'm not a patriot by any means but Ralph Vaughn Williams is one of the few people that honestly makes me glad to be British. Also, it has been reported that he was one of the kindest, most selfless men around by his peers and family. Nobody has the ability to 'flow' music better than Williams, just listen to 'Thomas Talis on a theme fantasia' while someone like Beethoven just seems to build to crescendo after crescendo, Williams does the complete opposite and mostly teases towards crescendos such as with pieces like ...more - togutas

Vaughn Williams is not nearly as highly rated as the Thomas Tallis on a theme Fantasia and the violin solo Lark Ascending merit. His symphonies are very good too

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48 Edgard Varese
49 A. R. Rahman A. R. Rahman

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.

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51 George Gershwin
52 Antonio Salieri

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

53 Ilayaraja

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

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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 Henry Purcell

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

57 Yoshiki Hayashi Yoshiki Hayashi Yoshiki Hayashi is a Japanese musician, songwriter, composer and record producer. Better known by his stage name Yoshiki, he is best known as the leader and a co-founder of the heavy metal band X Japan, for which he is the drummer, pianist and main songwriter. The band achieved breakthrough success ...read more.

I am proud of yoshiki being in the list, he is so a great composer and I think he is something like our XXI century mozart just saying...

58 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.

#61? What?!

A great composer, unpopular unfortunately, that has very powerful and beautiful works such as the Te Deum, the Requiem, the opera ''Les Troyens'', the symphonie ''Fun├Ębre et Triomphale'' and others. People that think that Berlioz's music is only about the Symphonie Fantastique and the Harold in Italy don't really know him.

In my favorite list he would surely be amongst the top ten. - gyandri

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59 Camille Saint-Saens

Amazing composer can't believe sits at 50! He wrote the Carnival of the Animals which inspires young children to listen to music, in my point of view, the swan is the best, and all his works deserve this guy to be top 30

Perfect orchestrator, clear harmony, excellent melody

Symphony no 3 finale on church organ

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60 Stephen Sondheim
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