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The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked 

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Updated May 18, 2020 16.5k votes 3.1k voters 36.2k views 57 items

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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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Frédéric C... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
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Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
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Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
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Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
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Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
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Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
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Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
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Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
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Robert Alexander Schuman... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
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Felix Mendelssohn-Bartho... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
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Maurice Ravel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
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Joseph Haydn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
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Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
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Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
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Erik Satie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
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Scott Joplin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
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Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
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Domenico Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
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Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
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Jean-Philippe Rameau is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
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Muzio Clementi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
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Charles-Valentin Alkan ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
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Nikolai Medtner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
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