music The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked  

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These are the greatest Baroque composers ranked from best to worst by classical music fans and just music lovers in general. When it comes to the best Baroque composers, they came from various backgrounds and from countries all over the world. Some of these musicians, a couple of the more famous Baroque composers have even written music that is still popular to this day.

What names will you find on this best Baroque composers list? Johann Sebastian Bach is a composer synonymous with the baroque period. He was famous for incorporating four part harmonies and modulations into his famous musical masterpieces. Henry Purcell is another one of the most famous baroque composers who appears on this list. George Frideric Handel is best known for his famous Messiah, which is still performed by orchestras all over the world. Other talented baroque composers featured on this list include Antonio Vivaldi, Domenico Scarlatti and Jean-Baptiste Lully.

Which baroque composer do you think wrote the most beautiful music? Take a look at this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
Johann Sebastian Bach Die kompletten Werke von Johann Sebastian Bach, The Organ Works, Bach Edition

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George Frideric Handel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
George Frideric Handel Classical Anthology, Joy to the World: The Messiah, Water Music / Fireworks Music

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Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
Antonio Vivaldi Classical Anthology, Vivaldi 5 Concerti Per Oboe; Concerto Per Oboe & Fagotto RV 545; Heinz Holliger, Klaus Thunemann

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Domenico Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
Domenico Scarlatti Parkening and the Guitar: Music of Two Centuries, The Art of Baroque Harpsichord, Murray Perahia Plays Händel and Scarlatti

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Arcangelo Corelli is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
Arcangelo Corelli Bach, Handel, Purcell

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Henry Purcell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
Henry Purcell Music for Queen Mary, Le temps des castrats, Bach

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Georg Philipp Telemann is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
Georg Philipp Telemann Der Getreue Music-Meister, Volume 1 (Camerata Köln), Bläserkonzerte (Musica Antiqua Köln feat. conductor: Reinhard Goebel)

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Jean-Philippe Rameau is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
Jean-Philippe Rameau Harpsichord Works (disc 1), Keyboard Suites, Rameau: Platée / Pigmalion / Dardanus Ballet Suites (European Union Baroque Orchestra feat. conductor: Roy Goodman)

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Claudio Monteverdi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
Claudio Monteverdi Monteverdi - Vespro della Beata Vergine (1610) / G. Gabrieli, Scheidt, Schütz - Sacred Choral Music (Phlip Ledger

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Dieterich Buxtehude is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added Dieterich Buxtehude L'Œuvre d'orgue (feat. organ: René Saorgin), Complete Harpsichord Music, Complete Organ Works

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Alessandro Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added Alessandro Scarlatti Otto Sauter: World of Baroque, Volume 3 (Transcriptions for Trumpet an Organ), Cantatas

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Tomaso Albinoni is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added Tomaso Albinoni Albinoni's Adagios, Vienna Master Series: Baroque Treasures, 12 Violin Concertos

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Johann Pachelbel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
Johann Pachelbel Pachelbel: Three Meditative Variations with Ocean (feat. Liv & Let Liv), Barock zum Dinner: Festliche Tafelmusik, Pachelbel's Greatest Hit - Canon In D

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Heinrich Schütz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
Heinrich Schütz Sinfoniae Sacrae (Les Saqueboutiers de Toulouse), Cantiones Sacrae 1625 (Currende feat. conductor: Erik van Nevel), Johannes-Passion / Psalmen Davids (Dresdner Kreuzchor & Capella Fidicinia feat. conductor: Martin Flämig)

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Jean-Baptiste Lully is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
Jean-Baptiste Lully '50: Harmonia mundi. Le coffret du 50e anniversaire, Petits Motets (Les Arts Florissants feat. conductor: William Christie), Choral Music

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Giovanni Battista Pergolesi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi Stabat Mater / Ordeo Canata (Camerata Budapest feat. conductor: Michael Halasz, soprano: Julia Faulkner, alto: Anna Gonda)

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François Couperin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
François Couperin Parkening and the Guitar: Music of Two Centuries, Pièces de Violes - 1728, Music for Harpsichord

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Marc-Antoine Charpentier is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
Marc-Antoine Charpentier Médée (Les Arts Florissants feat. conductor: William Christie), Requiem / Laudate dominum / Exsultate, jubilate

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Michael Praetorius is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
Michael Praetorius Mass for Christmas Morning (Gabrieli Consort & Players feat. conductor: Paul McCreesh), Praetorius: Excerpts from Terpsichore, Dances from Terpsichore

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Giuseppe Torelli is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added Giuseppe Torelli Concerti Grossi, Op. 8 (I Musici feat. violins: Mariana Sirbu & Antonio Perez), Trumpet Concertos (European Chamber Soloists feat. conductor: Nicol Matt

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Barbara Strozzi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added Barbara Strozzi Concerto soave

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Giovanni Legrenzi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added Giovanni Legrenzi Venice Before Vivaldi: A Portrait of Giovanni Legrenzi

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Hieronymus Praetorius is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added Hieronymus Praetorius

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Girolamo Frescobaldi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
Girolamo Frescobaldi Fiori Musicali (organ: Rinaldo Alessandrini), Toccatas, Early Italian Cello Music: Gabrielli: Complete Works for Violoncello / Frescobaldi: three Canzonas / works by Rognoni and Selma-y-Salaverde

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Alessandro Stradella is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added Alessandro Stradella San Giovanni Battista (Les Musiciens du Louvre feat. conductor: Marc Minkowski)

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Marin Marais is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added Marin Marais Les voix humaines (feat. viola de gamba: Jordi Savall), Suitte d'un goût étranger : Pièces de viole du IV livre, 1717 (Jordi Savall)

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Antonio Caldara is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added Antonio Caldara Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo (Soprano: Maria Cristina Kiehr, Soprano: Rosa Dominguez, Alto: Bernarda Fink

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Giovanni Battista Bononcini is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added Giovanni Battista Bononcini Amarilli - Cantatas for Solo Alto / Sonatas (Il Seminario Musicale feat. counter-tenor: Gérard Lesne)

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Francesco Cavalli is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added Francesco Cavalli BBC Music, Volume 5, Number 3: La Calisto

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Samuel Scheidt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
Samuel Scheidt German Consort Music of the 17th Century, Ludi Musici (Les Sacqueboutiers)

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Johann Mattheson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added Johann Mattheson Don Quichotte in Hamburg (Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg)

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Antonio Cesti is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added Antonio Cesti Orontea (Ensemble Instrumental feat. conductor: René Jacobs)

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Agostino Steffani is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added Agostino Steffani

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Giovanni Battista Sammartini is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
Giovanni Battista Sammartini Exceptional Masterpieces, Six Symphonies (Arcadia Ensemble feat. conductor: Kevin Mallon), The Late Symphonies

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Johann Schein is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
Johann Schein German Consort Music of the 17th Century, Israelis Brünnlein (Ensemble Vocal Européen feat. conductor: Philippe Herreweghe), Israels Brünnlein (Weser-Renaissance Bremen feat. conductor: Manfred Cordes)

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Carlo Pallavicino is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked

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Antonio Draghi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked