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The Best Classical Composers 

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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.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 35 (1756-1791) from Salzburg, Austria
2
Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 65 (1685-1750) from Eisenach, Germany
3
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 57 (1770-1827) from Bonn, Germany
4
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 53 (1840-1893) from Votkinsk, Russia
5
Frédéric C... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 39 (1810-1849) from Żelazowa Wola, Poland
6
Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 31 (1797-1828) from Alsergrund, Vienna, Austria
7
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 70 (1873-1943) from Semyonov, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, Russia
8
Giuseppe Verdi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 88 (1813-1901) from Le Roncole, Busseto, Italy
9
Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 56 (1862-1918) from Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France
10
Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 64 (1833-1897) from Hamburg, Germany
11
Gustav Mahler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Gustav Mahler Dec. at 51 (1860-1911) from Kaliště, Czech Republic
12
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 63 (1678-1741) from Venice, Scorzè, Italy
13
Antonín Dvoř&aacu... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 63 (1841-1904) from Nelahozeves, Czech Republic
14
Richard Wagner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 70 (1813-1883) from Leipzig, Germany
15
Giacomo Puccini is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Giacomo Puccini Dec. at 66 (1858-1924) from Europe, Province of Lucca, Eurasia, Italy, Lucca, Southern Europe, Tuscany, Italian Peninsula
16
Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 69 (1906-1975) from Saint Petersburg, Russia
17
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 75 (1811-1886) from Raiding, Austria, Austria
18
Joseph Haydn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Dec. at 77 (1732-1809) from Rohrau, Austria
19
George Frideric Handel ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 74 (1685-1759) from Halle, Germany
20
Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 89 (1882-1971) from Lomonosov, Russia
21
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 43 (1872-1915) from Moscow, Russia
22
Richard Strauss is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 85 (1864-1949) from Munich, Germany
23
Anton Bruckner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 72 (1824-1896) from Ansfelden, Austria
24
Maurice Ravel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 62 (1875-1937) from Ciboure, France
25
Robert Alexander Schuman... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 46 (1810-1856) from Zwickau, Germany