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The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked  

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These are the greatest female composers, ranked from best to worst. From some of the more famous female composers on this list gained enormous popularity during the Renaissance period while many of the other women listed here are most well known for their work during the Romantic period and beyond! And you can't really talk about some of the all time best female composers if you leave out contemporary musicians. There are many wonderful contemporary female composers that have made a career out of writing music for feature films.

Who will you find on this best female composers list? Clara Schumann was popular during the romantic age, but her influence reached into modern times. She adapted what was the norm in piano recitals and connected with a wide variety of music fans. Amy Breach is another one of the most talented female composers of all time.

In 1997, Anne Dudley won the Oscar for best original score for her compositions in the film, “The Full Monty.” Other good musicians that are featured on this top female composers list include Rachel Portman, Lili Boulanger and Rebecca Clarke.

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Clara Schumann is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Germany
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Fanny Mendelssohn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
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Hildegard of Bingen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
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Amy Beach is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Amy Beach
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Rebecca Clarke is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
England
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Barbara Strozzi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
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Florence Price is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
meloncauliflower added Florence Price United States of America
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Lili Boulanger is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
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Francesca Caccini is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
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Cécile Chaminade is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
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Alma Mahler Gropius Werfel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
meloncauliflower added Austria
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Louise Farrenc is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Louise Farrenc France
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Ethel Smyth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Ethel Smyth United Kingdom
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Yoko Kanno is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Brandon Quam added Japan
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Anne Dudley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
United Kingdom
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Elena Kats-Chernin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
meloncauliflower added Elena Kats-Chernin Australia
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Isabella Leonarda is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Isabella Leonarda Italy
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Peggy Glanville-Hicks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
meloncauliflower added Peggy Glanville-Hicks Australia
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Miriam Hyde is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
meloncauliflower added Miriam Hyde

Australia

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Nadia Boulanger is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
meloncauliflower added France
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Sofia Gubaidulina is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
meloncauliflower added Russia
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Maria Anna Mozart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
meloncauliflower added Maria Anna Mozart Holy Roman Empire
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Chiquinha Gonzaga is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
CaryJeffery added Chiquinha Gonzaga Brazil
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Élisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
meloncauliflower added Élisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre France
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Germaine Tailleferre is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked