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List of notable or famous composers from Germany, with bios and photos, including the top composers born in Germany and even some popular composers who immigrated to Germany. If you're trying to find out the names of famous German composers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These composers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known composer from Germany is included when available.

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Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
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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 concertos for piano, 1 ...more

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Age: Died at 57 (1770-1827)

Birthplace: Bonn, Germany

Profession: Songwriter, Pianist, Musician, Lyricist Composer, + more

Credits: Django Unchained, A Clockwork Orange, The King's Speech, The Pianist

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#8 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#34 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

#38 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#17 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

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Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
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Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's ...more

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Age: Died at 65 (1685-1750)

Birthplace: Eisenach, Germany

Profession: Musician, Harpsichordist, Composer, Cantor Organist, + more

Credits: The Godfather, Se7en, The Silence of the Lambs, The Pianist

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#20 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#55 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#15 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

#48 on These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time

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John Denver is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
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Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer-songwriter, actor, activist and humanitarian, whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, starting in the 1970s. He was one of the most popular acoustic artists of the decade and one of its ...more

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Age: Died at 54 (1943-1997)

Birthplace: Roswell, New Mexico, United States of America

Profession: Pilot, Record producer, Poet, Guitarist Songwriter, + more

Credits: Final Destination, Catch Me If You Can, The Guard, Armageddon

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#98 on The Best Singers of All Time

#49 on The Top Country Artists of All Time

#37 on Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

#10 on Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!

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George Frideric Handel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
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George Frideric Handel was a German-born, British Baroque composer who spent the bulk of his career in London, becoming well known for his operas, oratorios, anthems and organ concertos. Born in a family indifferent to music, Handel received critical training in Halle, Hamburg and Italy before ...more

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Age: Died at 74 (1685-1759)

Birthplace: Halle, Germany

Profession: Composer

Credits: The Social Network, The Intouchables, Children of Men, Face/Off

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#65 on Dead Musicians You Most Want to See Perform as Holograms

#2 on The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked

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Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
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Johannes Brahms was a German composer and pianist. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna, Austria. In his lifetime, Brahms's popularity and influence were considerable. He is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven ...more

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Age: Died at 64 (1833-1897)

Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

Profession: Pianist, Composer

Credits: The Truman Show, The King's Speech, There Will Be Blood, Despicable Me 2

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#38 on The Greatest Pianists Ever

#34 on Dead Musicians You Most Want to See Perform as Holograms

#4 on The Best Romantic Composers of All Time

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Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
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Franz Liszt is a film score composer. ...more

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Age: Died at 75 (1811-1886)

Birthplace: Raiding, Austria, Austria

Profession: Film Score Composer, Priest, Pianist, Composer Virtuoso

Credits: Shine, Eyes Wide Shut, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Green Hornet

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#4 on The Greatest Pianists of All Time

#1 on The Greatest Pianists Ever

#58 on Dead Musicians You Most Want to See Perform as Holograms

#4 on The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

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Nico is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
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Nico was a German singer-songwriter, lyricist, composer, musician, fashion model, and actress who became famous as a Warhol Superstar in the 1960s. She is known for her vocals on the Velvet Underground's debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico, and her work as a solo artist. She also had roles in ...more

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Age: Died at 50 (1938-1988)

Birthplace: Cologne, Germany

Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Model Lyricist, + more

Credits: La Dolce Vita, Chelsea Girls, Salvador DalĂ­, Imitation of Christ I, + more

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#56 on The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name

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Richard Strauss is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
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Richard Georg Strauss was a leading German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras. He is known for his operas, which include Der Rosenkavalier and Salome; his lieder, especially his Four Last Songs; and his tone poems Death and Transfiguration, Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, Also ...more

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Age: Died at 85 (1864-1949)

Birthplace: Munich, Germany

Profession: Conductor, Book editor, Composer

Credits: 2001: A Space Odyssey, 2010, Catch-22, Abraham's Valley Richard Strauss: Arabella

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