Composers 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.

Who are the best female composers of all time? Be sure to vote them up!

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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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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
Rebecca Clarke 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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Francesca Caccini is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked

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

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

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Florence Price is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
meloncauliflower added Florence Price United States of America

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Ethel Smyth is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Ethel Smyth United Kingdom

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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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Isabella Leonarda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Isabella Leonarda Italy

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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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Anne Dudley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Anne Dudley United Kingdom

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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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Nadia Boulanger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
meloncauliflower added Nadia Boulanger France

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Miriam Hyde is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
meloncauliflower added Miriam Hyde Australia

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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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Maria Anna Mozart is listed (or ranked) 21 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) 22 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) 23 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
meloncauliflower added Sofia Gubaidulina Russia

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Margaret Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
meloncauliflower added Margaret Sutherland Australia

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

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Slavka Atanasijević is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Calvin George added Slavka Atanasijević Serbia

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Alice Mary Smith is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Calvin George added Alice Mary Smith England

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Alla Pavlova is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Calvin George added Alla Pavlova United States of America

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Galina Ustvolskaya is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
1523891586810 added Galina Ustvolskaya

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Stephanie Ann Boyd is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Calvin George added Stephanie Ann Boyd United States of America

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Dora Pejačević is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Calvin George added Dora Pejačević Croatia

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Judith Weir is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Judith Weir United Kingdom

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Jocelyn Pook is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Jocelyn Pook United Kingdom, England

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Marie Jaëll is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Calvin George added Marie Jaëll

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Laura Karpman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Peter Maleitzke added Laura Karpman United States of America

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Joan Tower is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
meloncauliflower added Joan Tower United States of America

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Debbie Wiseman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Debbie Wiseman United Kingdom

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Teresa Carreño is listed (or ranked) 38 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) 39 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Yury Buzko added Carla Bley United States of America

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Kaija Saariaho is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
meloncauliflower added Kaija Saariaho Finland

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Meredith Monk is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
meloncauliflower added Meredith Monk United States of America

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Unsuk Chin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
meloncauliflower added Unsuk Chin Germany

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Chaya Czernowin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked

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Ruth Crawford Seeger is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
meloncauliflower added Ruth Crawford Seeger United States of America

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Libby Larsen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
meloncauliflower added Libby Larsen

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Phamie Gow is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Phamie Gow

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Lera Auerbach is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
meloncauliflower added Lera Auerbach Russia

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Anna Segal is listed (or ranked) 48 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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Thea Musgrave is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
meloncauliflower added Thea Musgrave United States of America

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Roxanna Panufnik is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked
Roxanna Panufnik United Kingdom