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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
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Austria, Holy Roman Empire
5
Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Holy Roman Empire
6
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
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
Joseph Haydn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Austria
13
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
14
Maurice Ravel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added France
15
Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Russia
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
Charles-Valentin Alkan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Oli Joncas added France
19
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Pedro Perez added Russia
20
Scott Joplin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
United States of America
21
Domenico Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
22
Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Russian Empire, Soviet Union
23
Muzio Clementi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
24
Nikolai Medtner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Oli Joncas added Russia
25
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Hassan Fakour added United States of America