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The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked 

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Updated November 13, 2019 14.6k votes 2.9k voters 34.5k 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
Genre: Romantic music, Art song, Classical music; Nationality: Poland
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Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Genre: Opera, Classical music; Nationality: Germany
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Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Genre: Opera, Romantic music, Art song; Nationality: Hungary
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Genre: Opera, Ballet, Art song; Nationality: Holy Roman Empire
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Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Genre: Classical music; Nationality: Germany
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Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Genre: Opera, Art song, Chamber music; Nationality: United States of America, Russia
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Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Pedro Perez added Genre: Ballet, Ballet, Incidental music; Nationality: France
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Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Genre: Opera, Romantic music, Lied; Nationality: Austria
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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Genre: Opera, Ballet, Art song; Nationality: Russia
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Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Pedro Perez added Genre: Classical music; Nationality: Germany
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Robert Alexander Schuman... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Pedro Perez added Genre: Opera, Romantic music, Lied; Nationality: Germany
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Joseph Haydn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Genre: Opera, Art song, Chamber music; Nationality: Austria
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Maurice Ravel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Genre: Opera, Ballet, Ballet; Nationality: France
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Felix Mendelssohn-Bartho... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Genre: Opera, Romantic music, Incidental music; Nationality: Germany
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Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Genre: Opera, Ballet, Ballet; Nationality: Russia
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Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Genre: Incidental music, Art song, Chamber music; Nationality: Norway
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Erik Satie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Genre: Opera, Ballet, 20th-century classical music; Nationality: France
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Scott Joplin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Genre: Ragtime; Nationality: United States of America
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Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Pedro Perez added Genre: Classical music; Nationality: Russia
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Domenico Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Genre: Opera, Baroque music; Nationality: Italy
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Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Genre: Opera, Ballet, Art song; Nationality: Russian Empire, Soviet Union
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Muzio Clementi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
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George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Hassan Fakour added Genre: Opera, Musical theatre, Film score; Nationality: United States of America
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Fazıl Say is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
sametbs added Genre: Classical music, Contemporary classical music; Nationality: 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..."

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Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Genre: Opera, Ballet, Chamber music; Nationality: France, United States of America, Russia