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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80 26
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestri... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
2
77 27
Josquin Des Prez is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
3
64 26
William Byrd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
England
4
39 13
Tomás Luis de Victoria is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
5
36 15
Thomas Tallis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
England
6
33 13
Don Carlo Gesualdo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
7
31 13
Michael Praetorius is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
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31 14
Guillaume Dufay is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
9
32 15
Orlande de Lassus is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
Netherlands
10
17 10
Andrea Gabrieli is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added Italy
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15 10
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck Netherlands
12
3 2
Johannes Ockeghem is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
Mark Pierlot added
13
14 14
Cristóbal de Morales is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added Spain
14
1 0
Clément Janequin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
kurteren added Clément Janequin France
15
1 0
John Dowland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
Joseph Ross Mayhew added England
16
1 0
Giorgio Mainerio is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
kurteren added Italy
17
1 0
Claudio Monteverdi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
Joseph Ross Mayhew added Italy
18
10 10
Antoine Brumel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
Antoine Brumel France
19
8 8
Jacques Arcadelt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added Jacques Arcadelt
20
12 13
Gilles Binchois is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
Gilles Binchois Belgium
21
11 12
Diego Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
Diego Ortiz Spain
22
9 10
John Dunstable is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added John Dunstable
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9 10
Adrian Willaert is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
gnicholls added
24
9 10
Claude Le Jeune is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
Claude Le Jeune France
25
11 13
Hans Leo Hassler is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Renaissance Composers, Ranked
Hans Leo Hassler Germany