Greatest Classical Composers

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81 Georg Philipp Telemann

One of the most prolific composers, around 3800 works, close to 2000 cantatas, more than 40 passions and beautiful overtures and sonatas. Not just a "vielschreiber" but a composer of beautiful, touching and religious music.

82 Scott Joplin
83 Edward Maya
84 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.

85 Arcangelo Corelli

You all folks need to hear this composer, and you will feel real chords...

86 Mauro Giuliani

In my opinion, the greatest guitar composer ever

87 Clara Schumann

Wonderful & under appreciated composer!

88 James Horner James Horner
89 Johann Friedrich Franz Burgmüller
90 Stephen Heller
91 Steve Reich

Just to name a few of this guy's masterpieces: Music for 18 Musicians, Electric Counterpoint, Different Trains, 2x5

92 Charles Villiers Stanford

Before touching beethoven mozart sibelius brahms haydn,etc. Sir Charles Villiers Stanford s 3rd symphony Irish is the first symphony I have loved seriously. I always wonder how could people nowadays not discovering him! He is a great Irish figure. He is also the teacher of Ralph Williams and Gustav Holst. His symphonies were performed throughout Europe in the late 19th. Gustav Mahler had also conducted his famous symphony no.3. If you have already familiar with or even tired of the repeating performances nowdays, go try out his work! I would certainly recommend his all 7 symphonies, his 6 Irish raphsody, and his choral works! Love live Sir Stanford.

93 John Rutter

Look a the World is an exceptional choral piece.

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94 Charles Gounod
95 Carlos Santana Carlos Santana Carlos Santana audio is a Mexican and American musician who first became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band, Santana, which pioneered a fusion of rock and Latin American music.
96 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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97 John Dowland
98 Richard Strauss

Richard Strauss of Elektra, Salome and all his operas, his enchanting symphonic poems and songs is 90th? Wow... I put him at the bottom of the top ten... An amazingly inventive composer.

The four last songs must put Strauss up among the great composers; and Tot und Verklaerung says something to us about the human condition. He is certainly a greater composer than some of those listed above...

99 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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100 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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