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The Best Russian Composers of All Time 

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Updated September 23, 2019 5.4k votes 1.5k voters 34.7k views 37 items

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These are the best Russian composers, ranked from best to worst by users. This is truly some of the most interesting music ever written and has more than left an indelible mark on the world of Classical music. Some of the more famous Russian composers gained popularity during the Renaissance while some other great musicians on this list are still making music to this day.

So, let's get into some specifics about some of the composers you can expect to find on this list. With compositions like “The Nutcracker” and “Swan Lake” to his name, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky stands out as one of the greatest Russian composers of all time. He rose to popularity during the later years of the Romantic period. Mily Balakirev is another extremely talented composer who hailed from Russia.

Igor Stravinsky's “The Rite of Spring” remains a popular piece with leading orchestras across the world. Other good musicians who are featured on this best Russian composers list include Sergei Prokofiev, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
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Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
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Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
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Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
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Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
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Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
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Modest Petrovich Mussorg... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
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Alexander Borodin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
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Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
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Aram Khachaturian is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
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Mikhail Glinka is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
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Alexander Glazunov is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
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Dmitri Borisovich Kabale... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
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Mily Balakirev is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
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Alfred Schnittke is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
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A mix of perfectionism in form and passion in content. Friend and assistant to Tchaikovsky.

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Anton Arensky is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
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Sofia Gubaidulina is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
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Mieczysław Weinberg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
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Lera Auerbach is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
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Georgy Sviridov is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
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Galina Ustvolskaya is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
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Vasily Kalinnikov is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
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César Cui is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
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Rodion Shchedrin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time