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The best classical composers of all time ranked from best to worst. These classical composers are some of the best musicians in history, and are responsible for some of the greatest works of classical music the world has ever heard. Though these were men of a classical era of music, their concertos, sonatas, and movements are present in everything from rock concerts to blockbuster movies and are some of the most popular classical songs.

These top classical composers have written some of the most relaxing music, the most inspirational music, and the most beautiful music in the world. They are the greatest composers who ever have lived.

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Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Johann Sebastian Bach Died at 65 (1685-1750)

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Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Ludwig van Beethoven Died at 57 (1770-1827)

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Died at 35 (1756-1791)

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Died at 53 (1840-1893)

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Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Frédéric Chopin Died at 39 (1810-1849)

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Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Franz Schubert Died at 31 (1797-1828)

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Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Johannes Brahms Died at 64 (1833-1897)

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Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Antonio Vivaldi Died at 63 (1678-1741)

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George Frideric Handel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Composers
George Frideric Handel Died at 74 (1685-1759)

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Joseph Haydn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Joseph Haydn Died at 77 (1732-1809)

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Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Sergei Rachmaninoff Died at 70 (1873-1943)

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Richard Wagner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Richard Wagner Died at 70 (1813-1883)

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Antonín Dvořák is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Antonín Dvořák Died at 63 (1841-1904)

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Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Franz Liszt Died at 75 (1811-1886)

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Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Claude Debussy Died at 56 (1862-1918)

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Giuseppe Verdi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Giuseppe Verdi Died at 88 (1813-1901)

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Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Died at 38 (1809-1847)

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Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dmitri Shostakovich Died at 69 (1906-1975)

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Robert Alexander Schumann is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Robert Alexander Schumann Died at 46 (1810-1856)

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Gustav Mahler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Gustav Mahler Died at 51 (1860-1911)

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Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Sergei Prokofiev Died at 62 (1891-1953)

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Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Igor Stravinsky Died at 89 (1882-1971)

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Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Edvard Grieg Died at 64 (1843-1907)

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Jean Sibelius is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Jean Sibelius Died at 92 (1865-1957)

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Maurice Ravel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Maurice Ravel Died at 62 (1875-1937)

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Richard Strauss is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Richard Strauss Died at 85 (1864-1949)

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Gioacchino Rossini is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Gioacchino Rossini Died at 76 (1792-1868)

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Camille Saint-Saëns is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Camille Saint-Saëns Died at 86 (1835-1921)

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Giacomo Puccini is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Giacomo Puccini Died at 66 (1858-1924)

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Domenico Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Domenico Scarlatti Died at 72 (1685-1757)

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Georg Philipp Telemann is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Georg Philipp Telemann Died at 86 (1681-1767)

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Georges Bizet is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Georges Bizet Died at 37 (1838-1875)

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Béla Bartók is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Béla Bartók Died at 64 (1881-1945)

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Henry Purcell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Henry Purcell Died at 36 (1659-1695)

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Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Died at 64 (1844-1908)

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Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky Died at 42 (1839-1881)

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Johann Strauss II is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Johann Strauss II Died at 74 (1825-1899)

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Hector Berlioz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Hector Berlioz Died at 66 (1803-1869)

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Arcangelo Corelli is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Arcangelo Corelli Died at 60 (1653-1713)

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George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classical Composers
George Gershwin Died at 39 (1898-1937)

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Edward Elgar is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Edward Elgar Died at 77 (1857-1934)

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Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Niccolò Paganini Died at 58 (1782-1840)

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Claudio Monteverdi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Claudio Monteverdi Died at 76 (1567-1643)

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Anton Bruckner is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Anton Bruckner Died at 72 (1824-1896)

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Jean-Philippe Rameau is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Jean-Philippe Rameau Died at 81 (1683-1764)

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Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Died at 74 (1714-1788)

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Gustav Holst is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Gustav Holst Died at 60 (1874-1934)

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Tomaso Albinoni is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Tomaso Albinoni Died at 80 (1671-1751)

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Gabriel Fauré is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Gabriel Fauré Died at 79 (1845-1924)

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Bedřich Smetana is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Bedřich Smetana Died at 60 (1824-1884)