Composers The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked  

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These are the greatest piano composers, ranked from best to worst by Classical music fans. When it comes to the best piano composers, their backgrounds and upbringing is as varied as their music. That's the special thing about music more than any other art form. Where you come from plays such an important role in the art you create, and that's what makes lists like this so interesting. Putting together great talents from all over the world, from all different eras. Some of the more famous piano composers on this list gained popularity during the Renaissance while other good piano composers wrote music during the Romantic period and beyond. A few of the people on here even wrote jazz and ragtime music that is still popular today.

So, Who is on this list? Perhaps the most iconic piano composer is Ludwig van Beethoven. His ninth symphony contains some of the most recognizable melodies and has been featured in such films as “A Clockwork Orange” and “Immortal Beloved.” Johann Sebastian Bach is another one of the most famous piano composers of all time.

More recently, Duke Ellington treated music fans to such hits as “Satin Doll” and “Don't Get Around Much Anymore.” Other musicians who are featured on this top piano composers list include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert and Frederic Chopin.

Who are the best piano composers? Give your favorites a thumbs up to vote them up to the top of this list and share some of your favorite pieces of music in the comments section.
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1
829 158
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

2
529 117
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

3
375 133
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Austrian Empire, Austria-Hungary, Kingdom of Hungary

4
347 123
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Holy Roman Empire

5
274 94
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

6
300 111
Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Holy Roman Empire

7
266 100
Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Pedro Perez added France

8
173 70
Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Austria

9
122 57
Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Pedro Perez added Germany

10
131 68
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Russia

11
101 45
Robert Alexander Schumann is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Pedro Perez added Germany

12
76 38
Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Norway

13
89 50
Maurice Ravel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added France

14
98 58
Erik Satie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
France

15
95 56
Joseph Haydn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Austria

16
82 45
Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Russian Empire, Soviet Union

17
73 41
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

18
93 65
Scott Joplin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
United States of America

19
68 45
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Pedro Perez added Russia

20
59 40
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Hassan Fakour added United States of America

21
61 44
Domenico Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

22
51 40
Muzio Clementi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

23
45 34
Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Russian Empire, Soviet Union

24
40 29
Fazıl Say is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
sametbs added Turkey -

"With his extraordinary pianistic talents, Fazıl Say has been touching audiences and critics alike for more than twenty-five years, in a way that has become rare in the increasingly materialistic and elaborately organised classical music world. Concerts with this artist are something different. They are more direct, more open, more exciting; in short, they go straight to the heart..."

25
33 34
John Field is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Republic of Ireland

26
35 38
Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
United States of America

27
25 26
Isaac Albéniz is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Spain

28
38 42
Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
France, United States of America, Russia

29
13 12
Yiruma is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
RahulMadhavan added South Korea

30
19 20
Gabriel Fauré is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added France

31
5 3
Enrique Granados is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
sisiooo added Spain

32
2 1
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Rev added Zanzibar, United Kingdom

33
23 28
Jean-Philippe Rameau is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

34
15 20
Olivier Messiaen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

35
2 4
François Couperin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
sisiooo added France

36
1 3
Ina Dykstra is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Jan Randall0 added Ina Dykstra Cana

37
14 20
Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added United States of America

38
13 19
Johann Nepomuk Hummel is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Austria, Germany

39
12 18
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Travis Lorenz added Canada

40
10 17
Xaver Scharwenka is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

41
2 7
Jan Randall is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Jan Randall0 added United States of America -

Amazing composer, the best of his generation

 

42
17 27
Maria Agata Szymanowska is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Maria Agata Szymanowska Poland

43
3 9
Agathe Backer-Grøndahl is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
BenjaminLatting added Agathe Backer-Grøndahl

44
2 9
Louis Moreau Gottschalk is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
BenjaminLatting added United States of America

45
5 16
Cécile Chaminade is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added France

46
11 25
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
United States of America

47
8 21
Keith Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added United States of America

48
4 18
Alexander Dreyschock is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

49
0 5
Bryan Schumann is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
bryanschumann added Bryan Schumann

50
2 16
Gia Kancheli is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
pawlaczykn added Georgia, Soviet Union