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List of notable or famous composers from France, with bios and photos, including the top composers born in France and even some popular composers who immigrated to France. If you're trying to find out the names of famous French composers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These composers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known composer from France is included when available.

List people include Francis Poulenc, Jean-Baptiste Lully and many more.

This historic composers from France list can help answer the questions "Who are some French composers of note?" and "Who are the most famous composers from France?" These prominent composers of France may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected French composers.

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Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Composers from France
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Fryderyk Chopin is a film score composer. ...more

Age: Died at 39 (1810-1849)

Birthplace: Żelazowa Wola, Poland

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Composers from France
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Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a Genevan philosopher, writer, and composer of the 18th century. His political philosophy influenced the French Revolution as well as the overall development of modern political, sociological, and educational thought. Rousseau's novel Emile, or On Education is a treatise on ...more

Age: Died at 66 (1712-1778)

Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland

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Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Composers from France
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Claude-Achille Debussy was a French composer. Along with Maurice Ravel, he was one of the most prominent figures associated with Impressionist music, though he himself disliked the term when applied to his compositions. He was made Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in his native France in 1903. ...more

Age: Died at 56 (1862-1918)

Birthplace: Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France

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Francis Poulenc is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Composers from France
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Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc was a French composer and pianist. His compositions include mélodies, solo piano works, chamber music, choral pieces, operas, ballets, and orchestral concert music. Among the best-known are the piano suite Trois mouvements perpétuels, the ballet Les biches, the Concert ...more

Age: Died at 64 (1899-1963)

Birthplace: Paris, France

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