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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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Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
2
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Austrian Empire, Germany
3
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Hungary
4
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
United States of America, Russia
5
Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Holy Roman Empire
6
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Austria, Holy Roman Empire
7
Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Pedro Perez added France
8
Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Austria
9
Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Pedro Perez added Germany
10
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Russia
11
Robert Alexander Schumann is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Pedro Perez added Germany
12
Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Russia
13
Joseph Haydn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Austria
14
Maurice Ravel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added France
15
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
16
Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Norway
17
Erik Satie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
France
18
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Pedro Perez added Russia
19
Scott Joplin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
United States of America
20
Domenico Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
21
Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Russian Empire, Soviet Union
22
Muzio Clementi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
23
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Hassan Fakour added United States of America
24
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
Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
France, United States of America, Russia