Greatest Romantic Classical Composers


The Top Ten

1 Frederic Chopin Frederic Chopin Frédéric François Chopin (1 March 1810 – 17 October 1849), born Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin, was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era who wrote primarily for the solo piano. He gained and has maintained renown worldwide as a leading musician of his era, whose "poetic genius more.

Chopin's music basically sums up the Romantic era- to know Chopin is to know Romantic music. It's also good to know that he has strong classical roots as he loved the music of J. S. Bach. Hear Chopin in the hands of the right performer and you will be blown away.

Easy win for Fryderyk in this category. - cwysocki


2 Pyotr Illych Tchaikovsky

Totally first! I know Chopin was one of the greater piano composers, but Tchaikovsky's magnificence in EVERY PIECE is just beautiful.

The godfather of 20th century music, and beyond!

The Best Swanlake, 1812 Overture, The Nutcracker, overture romeo and julliette

3 Ludwig van Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include 9 symphonies, 5 piano concertos, 1 violin concerto, more.

Beethoven was both classical and romantic composer and he was the greatest of all time in my opinion.

4 Jayesvar

His piano sonatas are technically perfect but underrated!

His piano sonata number 1 is emotional as it made me cry

His musical compositions are very

Da great!

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5 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
6 Franz Liszt Franz Liszt Franz Liszt was a prolific 19th-century Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist, conductor, music teacher, arranger, organist, philanthropist, author, nationalist and a Franciscan tertiary.
7 Felix Mendelssohn

This guy is really influential, especially in the finding of Bach. I really like his string symphonies, they're light and elegant. His violin concerto and octet are of course time-honored, so I think he deserves over Liszt at least.

8 Carl Maria Van Weber
9 Johannes Brahms Johannes Brahms

There were a lot of great romantic composers, plus the romantic period was long so it (kind of) had composers like Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, but as far as composers born, lived, and died in the romantic period, Brahms is the best. To me the integrity and detail in his music is like the romantic equivalent to Bach. Brahms was a genius.

10 Modest Mussorgsky

The Contenders

11 Robert Schumann

I know it's been said many times, but it really is true: Schumann's music sounds more recognizably "Romantic" than any that of any other composer. - alexpijanowski

This composer is so underrated!

12 Sergei Rachmaninoff

I only want everyone to hear his Piano concertos, It's beyond, the feeling every part of this song gas somthing new,
Wow. I love him

13 Niccolo Paganini
14 Franz Schubert Franz Schubert Franz Peter Schubert (31 January 1797 – 19 November 1828) was an Austrian composer. Schubert died before his 32nd birthday, but was extremely prolific during his lifetime. His output consists of over six hundred secular vocal works, seven complete symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music more.

One of the greatest composers in nearly every aspect- from chamber music, to lieder, to symphonies, to solo piano, to choral, and more. It is a real shame that he appears forgotten on this list.

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

What... #14?! People are so clueless

16 Camille Saint-Saens

Great French horn solos

17 Giuseppe Verdi

HE is the most underrated composer of all time

18 Maurice Ravel Maurice Ravel
19 Edvard Grieg
20 Gustav Mahler
21 Claude DeBussy Claude DeBussy

Debussy's pieces are soft and sweet to the ear. Listening to his music is as magical as looking at Monet painting : you will almost feel yourself inside one of these paintings.

22 Johann Strauss II
23 Giacomo Puccini
24 Jacques Offenbach
25 Johann Strauss I
26 Gioachino Rossini
27 Antonín Dvořák
28 Edward Elgar
29 Richard Strauss
30 Jean Sibelius

Long live Sibelius

31 Gustav Holst
32 Arnold Schönberg
33 Francisco Tarrega
34 Pablo de Sarasate
35 Mily Balakirev
36 Aram Khachaturian
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