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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 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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Amy Beach is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Amy Beach

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Rebecca Clarke is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Rebecca Clarke England

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Hildegard of Bingen 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

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Lili Boulanger is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked

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Cécile Chaminade is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked

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Ethel Smyth is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Ethel Smyth United Kingdom

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Louise Farrenc is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Louise Farrenc France

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Anne Dudley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Anne Dudley United Kingdom

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Florence Price is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
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Elena Kats-Chernin is listed (or ranked) 14 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) 15 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Isabella Leonarda Italy

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Peggy Glanville-Hicks is listed (or ranked) 16 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) 17 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
meloncauliflower added Miriam Hyde Australia

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Nadia Boulanger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
meloncauliflower added Nadia Boulanger France

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Germaine Tailleferre is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked

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Élisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
meloncauliflower added Élisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre France

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Margaret Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
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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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Alma Mahler Gropius Werfel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
meloncauliflower added Alma Mahler Gropius Werfel Austria

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Sofia Gubaidulina is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
meloncauliflower added Sofia Gubaidulina Russia, Soviet Union

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Rachel Portman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Rachel Portman England

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Jocelyn Pook is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Jocelyn Pook United Kingdom, England

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Judith Weir is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Judith Weir United Kingdom

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Joan Tower is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
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Teresa Carreño is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Teresa Carreño Venezuela, United States of America

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Carla Bley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
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Meredith Monk is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
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Debbie Wiseman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Debbie Wiseman United Kingdom

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Lera Auerbach is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
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Chaya Czernowin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked

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Kaija Saariaho is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
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Phamie Gow is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Phamie Gow

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Unsuk Chin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
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Anna Segal is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
AnnaSegal added Anna Segal Critically acclaimed composer Anna Segal belongs to a new generation of classical composers: An unusual, versatile composer in various disciplines – Symphonic and Chamber music, solo concertos, Lieder with Orchestra, Choir works ...

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Ruth Crawford Seeger is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
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Libby Larsen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
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Roxanna Panufnik is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Roxanna Panufnik United Kingdom

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Thea Musgrave is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
meloncauliflower added Thea Musgrave Scotland, United Kingdom