Weird History The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked  

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These are the greatest Renaissance composers ranked from best to worst by fan votes. These highly respected and historically significant composers came from all over the world and from vastly different upbringings. Some of the top Renaissance composers are from Italy while others are from Germany, and beyond. A few of the most famous Renaissance composers have even written classical music that is still popular and widely discussed today.

What names can you expect to find on this best Renaissance composers list? English composer William Byrd wrote many forms of music including Catholic sacred music. Byrd also published two collections of English tunes which he turned into vocal songs. Thomas Tallis is another popular composer from the Renaissance era.

Gilles Joye wrote music that was both melodic and lyrical. Other famous musicians that are featured on this top Renaissance composers list include Guillaume Dufay, Gilles Binchois and Claude Le Jeaune.

Is there a Renaissance composer that you like the best? Vote up your favorite musicians to the top of this list and please add any great Renaissance era composers you think are missing from this list!
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1
62 23
Josquin Des Prez is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked

2
54 18
William Byrd is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
England

3
50 19
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestri... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked

4
32 13
Thomas Tallis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
England

5
28 11
Tomás Luis de Victoria is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked

6
29 12
Michael Praetorius is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked

7
26 12
Guillaume Dufay is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked

8
27 13
Orlande de Lassus is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
Netherlands

9
21 11
Don Carlo Gesualdo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked

10
13 9
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck Netherlands

11
9 8
Antoine Brumel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
Antoine Brumel France

12
12 13
Cristóbal de Morales is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added Spain

13
10 12
Hans Leo Hassler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
Hans Leo Hassler Germany

14
0 1
Johannes Ockeghem is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
Mark Pierlot added

15
7 9
John Dunstable is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added John Dunstable

16
7 9
Adrian Willaert is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added

17
7 9
Antoine Busnois is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
benddan added Antoine Busnois France

18
6 8
Heinrich Isaac is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added

19
8 11
Diego Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
Diego Ortiz Spain

20
7 10
Andrea Gabrieli is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added Italy

21
7 10
Claude Le Jeune is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
Claude Le Jeune France

22
5 8
Jacques Arcadelt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added Jacques Arcadelt

23
4 7
Cipriano de Rore is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added Belgium

24
3 6
Christopher Tye is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added Christopher Tye England

25
8 12
Jacob Obrecht is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
Netherlands

26
6 10
Oswald von Wolkenstein is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
Oswald von Wolkenstein Austria

27
6 10
Thomas Morley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added Thomas Morley England

28
3 7
Orazio Vecchi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked

29
2 6
Luca Marenzio is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added Italy

30
2 6
Francesco Canova da Milano is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
Francesco Canova da Milano Italy

31
5 10
Gilles Joye is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
Gilles Joye

32
5 10
Jacopo Peri is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
Italy

33
5 10
John IV of Portugal is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked

34
4 9
Guillaume Costeley is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
Guillaume Costeley

35
4 9
Zacara da Teramo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
Zacara da Teramo

36
3 8
Jean Maillard is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
Jean Maillard France

37
3 8
Claude Gervaise is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked

38
7 13
Gilles Binchois is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
Gilles Binchois Belgium