Composers The Best Italian Composers of All Time  

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These are the greatest Italian composers, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best Italian composers come from all walks of life and from various time periods. Some famous Italian composers gained popularity during the Renaissance while other good Italian composers wrote music during the romantic period. A few of the most talented Italian composers wrote music that is still popular and widely used today.

Who will you find on this best Italian composers list? Of course, Antonio Vivaldi must appear in any collection of the top Italian composers of all time. His “Four Seasons” concerti were written in 1723 but their timeless sound and beauty still resonate with fans of classical music. Domenico Scarlatti is another one of the best Italian composers.

Bugs Bunny aficionados may be familiar with the music of Gioachino Rossini as he composed the opera “The Barber of Seville,” which was parodied in a classic cartoon. Other good musicians who are featured on this top Italian composers list include Arcangelo Corelli, Gaetano Donizetti and Claudio Monteverdi.

Who are the best Italian composers? Take a look at this list and give the best composers a thumbs up to make sure that they end up in the top spot.
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Giuseppe Verdi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Italian Composers of All Time
Classical Anthology, Macbeth (Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala feat. conductor: Claudio Abbado), Requiem (Berliner Philharmoniker feat. conductor: Herbert von Karajan)
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78 22
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Italian Composers of All Time
Classical Anthology, Vivaldi 5 Concerti Per Oboe; Concerto Per Oboe & Fagotto RV 545; Heinz Holliger, Klaus Thunemann
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51 19
Gioacchino Rossini is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Italian Composers of All Time
8:15 12:15, Marcus Creed / Rossini - Stabat Mater, Rossini Overtures
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44 14
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestri... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Italian Composers of All Time
Music for Holy Saturday, Palestrina Masses - Missa Benedicta es, Missa Papae Marcelli / Missa Brevis (Choir of Westminster Cathedral feat. conductor: David Hill)
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47 17
Claudio Monteverdi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Italian Composers of All Time
Monteverdi - Vespro della Beata Vergine (1610) / G. Gabrieli, Scheidt, Schütz - Sacred Choral Music (Phlip Ledger
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52 22
Giacomo Puccini is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Italian Composers of All Time
Manon Lescaut, Music for String Quartet, Madama Butterfly (Philharmonia Orchestra of London and Ambrosian Opera Chorus feat. conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli)
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39 13
Domenico Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Italian Composers of All Time
Parkening and the Guitar: Music of Two Centuries, The Art of Baroque Harpsichord, Murray Perahia Plays Händel and Scarlatti
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27 7
Vincenzo Bellini is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Italian Composers of All Time
Giuseppe Falco added Opera Duets (Agnes Baltsa, Jose Carreras, Tallis Chamber Choir
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36 15
Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Italian Composers of All Time
Great Violin Concertos, Paganini for Two (violin: Gil Shaham, guitar: Göran Söllscher)
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25 11
Arcangelo Corelli is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Italian Composers of All Time
Bach, Handel, Purcell
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22 10
Gaetano Donizetti is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Italian Composers of All Time
Lucia di Lammermoor (Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden feat. conductor Richard Bonynge), Lucia Di Lammermoor (Complete)
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16 5
Giuseppe Tartini is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Italian Composers of All Time
The Art of Bowing for Unaccompanied Violin (Gilles Colliard), The Devil's Trill (Palladians), The Devil's Sonata and Other Works (violin: Andrew Manze)
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21 10
Tomaso Albinoni is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Italian Composers of All Time
Albinoni's Adagios, Vienna Master Series: Baroque Treasures, 12 Violin Concertos
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19 9
Don Carlo Gesualdo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Italian Composers of All Time
Responsories for the Office of Tenebrae for Holy Saturday / Miserere / Lamentations for Holy Saturday, Tenebrae, Madrigaux à 5 voix (Les Arts Florissants)
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23 13
Ottorino Respighi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Italian Composers of All Time
Respighi - Orchestral Works, Sonata for Piano and Violin in B minor / Sonata for Piano and Violin in A major, Ancient Airs and Dances
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10 6
Gregorio Allegri is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Italian Composers of All Time
Miserere: Latin Church Music (Westminster Cathedral Choir, King's College Choir, Stephen Cleobury)
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5 2
Ruggero Leoncavallo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Italian Composers of All Time
spongejirachi added Pagliacci (London Symphony Orchestra & The John Alldis Choir feat. conductor: Nello Santi) (disc 1), Pagliacci (Coro & Orchestra del Theatro alla Scala feat. conductor: George Petrês, tenor: Plácido Domingo
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3 1
Baldassare Galuppi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Italian Composers of All Time
spongejirachi added
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Jacopo Peri is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Italian Composers of All Time
Euridice (La Compagnia dei Febi Armonici & Ensemble Albalonga feat. conductor: Anibal E. Cetrangolo)
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1 1
Mauro Giuliani is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Italian Composers of All Time
spongejirachi added Romantic Guitar Duets, Paganini / Gragnani / Giuliani: Duets for Violin and Guitar (violin: Alexander Markov, guitar: Eduardo Fernandez)
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Giovanni Sgambati is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Italian Composers of All Time
spongejirachi added
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2 4
Carlo Donida is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Italian Composers of All Time
Carlo Donida
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2 4
Antonio Maria Bononcini is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Italian Composers of All Time
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0 2
Ferdinando Carulli is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Italian Composers of All Time
spongejirachi added Complete Works for Piano & Fortepiano (feat. Palumbo and Saracino) (disc 1), Summertime: Music for Oboe and Guitar (feat. guitar: Simon Wynberg, oboe and cor anglais: John Anderson
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5 8
Giovanni Maria Bononcini is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Italian Composers of All Time
Giovanni Maria Bononcini