Composers 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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100 19
Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
Die kompletten Werke von Johann Sebastian Bach, The Organ Works, Bach Edition

2
93 31
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
Classical Anthology, Vivaldi 5 Concerti Per Oboe; Concerto Per Oboe & Fagotto RV 545; Heinz Holliger, Klaus Thunemann

3
78 23
George Frideric Handel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
Classical Anthology, Joy to the World: The Messiah, Water Music / Fireworks Music

4
41 15
Claudio Monteverdi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
Monteverdi - Vespro della Beata Vergine (1610) / G. Gabrieli, Scheidt, Schütz - Sacred Choral Music (Phlip Ledger

5
43 17
Arcangelo Corelli is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
Bach, Handel, Purcell

6
44 19
Georg Philipp Telemann is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
Der Getreue Music-Meister, Volume 1 (Camerata Köln), Bläserkonzerte (Musica Antiqua Köln feat. conductor: Reinhard Goebel)

7
41 17
Jean-Philippe Rameau is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
Harpsichord Works (disc 1), Keyboard Suites, Rameau: Platée / Pigmalion / Dardanus Ballet Suites (European Union Baroque Orchestra feat. conductor: Roy Goodman)

8
46 22
Domenico Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
Parkening and the Guitar: Music of Two Centuries, The Art of Baroque Harpsichord, Murray Perahia Plays Händel and Scarlatti

9
39 17
Henry Purcell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
Music for Queen Mary, Le temps des castrats, Bach

10
35 14
Johann Pachelbel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
Pachelbel: Three Meditative Variations with Ocean (feat. Liv & Let Liv), Barock zum Dinner: Festliche Tafelmusik, Pachelbel's Greatest Hit - Canon In D

11
25 8
Tomaso Albinoni is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added Albinoni's Adagios, Vienna Master Series: Baroque Treasures, 12 Violin Concertos

12
20 9
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
Stabat Mater / Ordeo Canata (Camerata Budapest feat. conductor: Michael Halasz, soprano: Julia Faulkner, alto: Anna Gonda)

13
20 11
Alessandro Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added Otto Sauter: World of Baroque, Volume 3 (Transcriptions for Trumpet an Organ), Cantatas

14
18 10
Dieterich Buxtehude is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added L'Œuvre d'orgue (feat. organ: René Saorgin), Complete Harpsichord Music, Complete Organ Works

15
20 12
François Couperin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
Parkening and the Guitar: Music of Two Centuries, Pièces de Violes - 1728, Music for Harpsichord

16
19 13
Jean-Baptiste Lully is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
'50: Harmonia mundi. Le coffret du 50e anniversaire, Petits Motets (Les Arts Florissants feat. conductor: William Christie), Choral Music

17
15 10
Marc-Antoine Charpentier is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
Médée (Les Arts Florissants feat. conductor: William Christie), Requiem / Laudate dominum / Exsultate, jubilate

18
15 10
Heinrich Schütz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
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)

19
10 8
Michael Praetorius is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
Mass for Christmas Morning (Gabrieli Consort & Players feat. conductor: Paul McCreesh), Praetorius: Excerpts from Terpsichore, Dances from Terpsichore

20
9 7
Marin Marais is listed (or ranked) 20 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)

21
8 6
Barbara Strozzi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added Concerto soave

22
4 2
Giovanni Gabrieli is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
henrysandersv added The Glory of Venice, The Canzonas and Sonatas From Sacrae Symphoniae 1597, Sacræ Symphoniæ (A Sei Voci & Les Saqueboutiers de Toulouse feat. organ: Yasuko Uyama-Bouvard)

23
3 2
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestri... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
Cane Cirpo added Music for Holy Saturday, Palestrina Masses - Missa Benedicta es, Missa Papae Marcelli / Missa Brevis (Choir of Westminster Cathedral feat. conductor: David Hill)

24
5 5
Giovanni Battista Bononcini is listed (or ranked) 24 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)

25
10 11
Giovanni Battista Sammartini is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Baroque Composers, Ranked
Exceptional Masterpieces, Six Symphonies (Arcadia Ensemble feat. conductor: Kevin Mallon), The Late Symphonies