Composers The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked  

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List Rules Vote up who you think are the greatest Renaissance composers

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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Josquin Des Prez is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked

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

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

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Michael Praetorius is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked

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Thomas Tallis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
Thomas Tallis England

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Guillaume Dufay is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked

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Tomás Luis de Victoria is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Diego Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
Diego Ortiz Spain

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Andrea Gabrieli is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added Andrea Gabrieli Italy

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Oswald von Wolkenstein is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
Oswald von Wolkenstein Austria

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

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

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Adrian Willaert is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added Adrian Willaert

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John Dunstable is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added John Dunstable

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Thomas Morley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added Thomas Morley England

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Cipriano de Rore is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added Cipriano de Rore Belgium

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Jacob Obrecht is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
Jacob Obrecht Netherlands

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Claude Le Jeune is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
Claude Le Jeune France

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Gilles Joye is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
Gilles Joye

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Jean Maillard is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
Jean Maillard France

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Orazio Vecchi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked

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Luca Marenzio is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added Luca Marenzio Italy

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Francesco Canova da Milano is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
Francesco Canova da Milano Italy

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Christopher Tye is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added Christopher Tye England

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Gilles Binchois is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
Gilles Binchois Belgium

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

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

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

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

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Claude Gervaise is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked

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Jacques Arcadelt is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added Jacques Arcadelt