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The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked 

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Updated February 14, 2020 2.4k votes 325 voters 9.5k views 54 items

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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
Clara Schumann Genre: Romantic music, Classical music; Nationality: Germany
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Fanny Mendelssohn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Genre: Romantic music, Classical music; Nationality: Germany
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Amy Beach is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Amy Beach
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Hildegard of Bingen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
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Rebecca Clarke is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
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Barbara Strozzi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
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Francesca Caccini is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Genre: Opera; Nationality: Italy
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Josephine Lang is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
BenjaminLatting added Josephine Lang
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Lili Boulanger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Genre: Classical music; Nationality: France
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Florence Price is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
meloncauliflower added Florence Price
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Cécile Chaminade ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
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Sarah Schachner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
DamianHöster added Sarah Schachner
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Louise Farrenc is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Louise Farrenc
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Ethel Smyth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Ethel Smyth
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Alma Mahler Gropius Werf... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
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Anne Dudley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Genre: Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music; Nationality: England
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Elena Kats-Chernin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
meloncauliflower added Elena Kats-Chernin Genre: Ballet, Film score; Nationality: Australia
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Isabella Leonarda is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Isabella Leonarda
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Peggy Glanville-Hicks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
meloncauliflower added Peggy Glanville-Hicks
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Maria Anna Mozart is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
meloncauliflower added Maria Anna Mozart
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Nadia Boulanger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
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Miriam Hyde is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
meloncauliflower added Miriam Hyde

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Chiquinha Gonzaga is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
CaryJeffery added Chiquinha Gonzaga Genre: Choro; Nationality: Brazil
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Yoko Kanno is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Brandon Quam added Genre: New Age, Electronic music, J-pop; Nationality: Japan
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Sofia Gubaidulina is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
meloncauliflower added Genre: Contemporary classical music, 20th-century classical music; Nationality: Russia