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Famous Composers from Germany

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List of notable or famous composers from Germany, with bios and photos, including the top composers born in Germany and even some popular composers who immigrated to Germany. If you're trying to find out the names of famous German 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 Germany is included when available.

The list you're viewing has a variety of people, like Ludwig van Beethoven and Johann Sebastian Bach, in it. Featuring classical composers and more, this list has it all. 

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

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    Ludwig van Beethoven

    Dec. at 57 (1770-1827)
    Ludwig van Beethoven ( (listen); German: [ˈluːtvɪç fan ˈbeːthoːfn̩] (listen); baptised 17...  more

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    Johann Sebastian Bach

    Dec. at 65 (1685-1750)
    Johann Sebastian Bach (31 March [O.S. 21 March] 1685 – 28 July 1750) was a German composer and...  more

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    John Denver

    Dec. at 54 (1943-1997)
    Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), known professionally as...  more

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    George Frideric Handel

    Dec. at 74 (1685-1759)
    George Frideric (or Frederick) Handel (; born Georg Friederich Händel [ˈɡeːɔɐ̯k ˈfʁiːdʁɪç...  more

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  • 5

    Johannes Brahms

    Dec. at 64 (1833-1897)
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    Franz Liszt

    Dec. at 75 (1811-1886)
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    Nico

    Dec. at 50 (1938-1988)
    Christa Päffgen (16 October 1938 – 18 July 1988), known by her stage name Nico, was a German...  more

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    Richard Strauss

    Dec. at 85 (1864-1949)
    Richard Georg Strauss (German pronunciation: [ˈʁɪçaɐ̯t ˈʃtʁaʊs]; 11 June 1864 – 8 September...  more

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  • 9

    Robert Alexander Schumann

    Dec. at 46 (1810-1856)
    Robert Schumann (German: [ˈʃuːman]; 8 June 1810 – 29 July 1856) was a German composer,...  more

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  • 10

    Richard Wagner

    Dec. at 70 (1813-1883)
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  • 11

    Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

    Dec. at 38 (1809-1847)
    Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (3 February 1809 – 4 November 1847), born and widely...  more

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    Hans Florian Zimmer (German pronunciation: [ˈhans ˈfloːʁi̯aːn ˈtsɪmɐ] (listen); born 12...  more

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  • 13
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  • 14

    Clara Schumann

    Dec. at 77 (1819-1896)
    Clara Schumann (; née Clara Josephine Wieck; 13 September 1819 – 20 May 1896) was a German...  more
  • 15

    Jacques Offenbach

    Dec. at 61 (1819-1880)
    Jacques Offenbach (, also US: , French: [ʒak ɔfɛnbak], German: [ˈɔfn̩bax] (listen); 20 June...  more
  • 16

    Tom Tykwer

    Age: 55
    Tom Tykwer (German: [ˈtɪkvɐ]; born 23 May 1965) is a German film director, producer,...  more

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  • 17

    Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

    Dec. at 74 (1714-1788)
    Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (8 March 1714 – 14 December 1788), also formerly spelled Karl...  more
  • 18

    Hans Werner Henze

    Dec. at 86 (1926-2012)
    Hans Werner Henze (1 July 1926 – 27 October 2012) was a German composer. His large oeuvre of...  more
  • 19

    Georg Philipp Telemann

    Dec. at 86 (1681-1767)
    Georg Philipp Telemann (24 March [O.S. 14 March] 1681 – 25 June 1767) (German pronunciation:...  more
  • 20

    Johann Nepomuk Hummel

    Dec. at 59 (1778-1837)
    Johann Nepomuk Hummel (14 November 1778 – 17 October 1837) was an Austrian composer and...  more
  • 21
    Christopher Franke (born 6 April 1953, Berlin) is a German musician and composer. From 1971 to...  more
  • 22

    Johann Pachelbel

    Dec. at 53 (1653-1706)
    Johann Pachelbel (baptised 1 September 1653 – buried 9 March 1706) was a German composer,...  more

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  • 23

    Siegfried Wagner

    Dec. at 61 (1869-1930)
    Siegfried Helferich Richard Wagner (6 June 1869 – 4 August 1930) was a German composer and...  more
  • 24

    Adolf von Henselt

    Dec. at 75 (1814-1889)
    Georg Martin Adolf von Henselt (9 or 12 May 1814 – 10 October 1889) was a German composer and...  more
  • 25

    Carl Maria von Weber

    Dec. at 40 (1786-1826)
    Carl Maria Friedrich Ernst von Weber (18 or 19 November 1786 – 5 June 1826) was a German...  more