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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.

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Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Ludwig van Beethoven Died at 57 (1770-1827) Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and ...more

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Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Johann Sebastian Bach Died at 65 (1685-1750) Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and ...more

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John Denver is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
John Denver Died at 54 (1943-1997) Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer-songwriter, actor, activist and humanitarian, whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, ...more

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George Frideric Handel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
George Frideric Handel Died at 74 (1685-1759) George Frideric Handel was a German-born, British Baroque composer who spent the bulk of his career in London, becoming well known for his operas, oratorios, anthems and organ concertos. Born in ...more

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Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Johannes Brahms Died at 64 (1833-1897) Johannes Brahms was a German composer and pianist. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna, Austria. In his lifetime, Brahms's popularity and ...more

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Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Franz Liszt Died at 75 (1811-1886) Franz Liszt is a film score composer.

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Nico is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Nico Died at 50 (1938-1988) Nico was a German singer-songwriter, lyricist, composer, musician, fashion model, and actress who became famous as a Warhol Superstar in the 1960s. She is known for her vocals on the Velvet ...more

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Richard Strauss is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Richard Strauss Died at 85 (1864-1949) Richard Georg Strauss was a leading German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras. He is known for his operas, which include Der Rosenkavalier and Salome; his lieder, especially his ...more

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Robert Alexander Schumann is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Robert Alexander Schumann Died at 46 (1810-1856) Robert Schumann was a German composer and influential music critic. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era. Schumann left the study of law, intending to ...more

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Richard Wagner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Richard Wagner Died at 70 (1813-1883) Richard Wagner is a film score composer.

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Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Died at 38 (1809-1847) Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, born and widely known as Felix Mendelssohn, was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period. A grandson of the ...more

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Hans Zimmer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Hans Zimmer age 60 Hans Florian Zimmer is a German film composer and music producer. He has composed music for over 150 films, including film scores for The Lion King, The Thin Red Line, Gladiator, The Last ...more

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André Previn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
André Previn age 89 André George Previn, KBE is a German-American pianist, conductor, and composer. He is considered one of the most versatile musicians in the world and is the winner of four Academy Awards ...more

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Clara Schumann is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Clara Schumann Died at 77 (1819-1896) Clara Schumann was a German musician and composer, considered one of the most distinguished pianists of the Romantic era. She exerted her influence over a 61-year concert career, changing the ...more

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Jacques Offenbach is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Jacques Offenbach Died at 61 (1819-1880) Jacques Offenbach was a German-born French composer, cellist and impresario of the romantic period. He is remembered for his nearly 100 operettas of the 1850s–1870s and his uncompleted opera The ...more

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Tom Tykwer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Tom Tykwer age 52 Tom Tykwer is a German film director, producer, screenwriter, and composer. He is best known internationally for directing the thrillers Run Lola Run, Heaven, and Perfume: The Story of a ...more

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Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Died at 74 (1714-1788) Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was a German Classical period musician and composer, the fifth child and second son of Johann Sebastian Bach and Maria Barbara Bach. His second name was given in honor ...more

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Hans Werner Henze is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Hans Werner Henze Died at 86 (1926-2012) Hans Werner Henze was a German composer. His prolific oeuvre of works is extremely varied in style, having been influenced by serialism, atonality, Stravinsky, Italian music, Arabic music and ...more

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Georg Philipp Telemann is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Georg Philipp Telemann Died at 86 (1681-1767) Georg Philipp Telemann was a German Baroque composer and multi-instrumentalist. Almost completely self-taught in music, he became a composer against his family's wishes. After studying in ...more

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Johann Nepomuk Hummel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Johann Nepomuk Hummel Died at 59 (1778-1837) Johann Nepomuk Hummel was an Austrian composer and virtuoso pianist. His music reflects the transition from the Classical to the Romantic musical era.

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Christopher Franke is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Christopher Franke age 65 Christopher Franke is a German musician and composer. From 1971 to 1987 he was a member of the electronic group Tangerine Dream. Initially a drummer with The Agitation, later renamed Agitation ...more

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Johann Pachelbel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Johann Pachelbel Died at 53 (1653-1706) Johann Pachelbel was a German composer, organist and teacher who brought the south German organ tradition to its peak. He composed a large body of sacred and secular music, and his contributions ...more

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Siegfried Wagner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Siegfried Wagner Died at 61 (1869-1930) Siegfried Wagner was a German composer and conductor, the son of Richard Wagner. He was an opera composer and the artistic director of the Bayreuth Festival from 1908 to 1930.

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Adolf von Henselt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Adolf von Henselt Died at 75 (1814-1889) Adolf von Henselt was a German composer and pianist.

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Carl Maria von Weber is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Carl Maria von Weber Died at 40 (1786-1826) Carl Maria Friedrich Ernst von Weber was a German composer, conductor, pianist, guitarist and critic, one of the first significant composers of the Romantic school. Weber's operas Der ...more

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Chris Walden is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Chris Walden age 51 Chris Walden is a German composer, arranger, and conductor living in the U.S. He leads his own jazz big band, the Chris Walden Big Band, based in Los Angeles and was nominated six times for a ...more

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Paul Hindemith is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Paul Hindemith Died at 68 (1895-1963) Paul Hindemith was a German composer, violist, violinist, teacher and conductor. Notable compositions include his song cycle Das Marienleben and opera Mathis der Maler.

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Ramin Djawadi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Ramin Djawadi age 43 Ramin Djawadi is an Iranian-German composer of orchestral music for film, television and video games. Djawadi is best known for his Grammy-nominated, guitar-driven scores for Iron Man and ...more

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Matthias Pintscher is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Matthias Pintscher age 47 Matthias Pintscher is a German composer and conductor. As a youth, he studied the violin and conducting.

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Marco Minnemann is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Marco Minnemann age 47 Marco Minnemann is a German drummer, composer and multi-instrumentalist. He lives in San Diego, California. Marco Minnemann has published a number of solo CDs. On most of them he performs all ...more

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Friedrich Kalkbrenner is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Friedrich Kalkbrenner Died at 64 (1785-1849) Friedrich Wilhelm Michael Kalkbrenner was a pianist, composer, piano teacher and piano manufacturer. German by birth, Kalkbrenner studied at the Paris Conservatoire starting at a young age and ...more

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Lukas Foss is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Lukas Foss Died at 87 (1922-2009) Lukas Foss was an American composer, pianist, and conductor.

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Karlheinz Stockhausen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Karlheinz Stockhausen Died at 79 (1928-2007) Karlheinz Stockhausen was a German composer, widely acknowledged by critics as one of the most important but also controversial composers of the 20th and early 21st centuries. Another critic ...more

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Max Reger is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Max Reger Died at 43 (1873-1916) Johann Baptist Joseph Maximilian Reger was a German composer, conductor, pianist, organist, and academic teacher.

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Uwe Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Uwe Schmidt age 49 Uwe Schmidt, also known as Atom™, Atom Heart, or Señor Coconut, is a German composer, musician and producer of electronic music. He is often regarded as the father of electrolatino, ...more

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E.T.A. Hoffmann is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
E.T.A. Hoffmann Died at 46 (1776-1822) Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann, who was born Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann, was a German Romantic author of fantasy and horror, a jurist, composer, music critic, draftsman and caricaturist. His ...more

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Nils Frahm is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Nils Frahm age 35 Nils Frahm is a German musician, composer, and producer based in Berlin. He is known for combining classical and electronic music, and for an unconventional approach to the piano, in which he ...more

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Franz Waxman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Franz Waxman Died at 61 (1906-1967) Franz Waxman - born Franz Wachsmann - was a German and American composer of Jewish descent, known primarily for his work in the film music genre. His film scores include The Bride of ...more

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Dieterich Buxtehude is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Dieterich Buxtehude Died at 70 (1637-1707) Dieterich Buxtehude was a Danish-German organist and composer of the Baroque period. His organ works represent a central part of the standard organ repertoire and are frequently performed at ...more

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Gershon Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Gershon Kingsley age 95 Gershon Kingsley a contemporary German American composer, is a pioneer of electronic music and the Moog synthesizer and founder of the First Moog Quartet, as a partner in the electronic music ...more

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Bix Beiderbecke is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Bix Beiderbecke Died at 28 (1903-1931) Leon "Bix" Beiderbecke was an American jazz cornetist, jazz pianist, and composer. With Louis Armstrong and Muggsy Spanier, Beiderbecke was one of the most influential jazz soloists of ...more

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Carl Reinecke is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Carl Reinecke Died at 86 (1824-1910) Carl Heinrich Carsten Reinecke was a German composer, conductor, and pianist.

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Harold Faltermeyer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Harold Faltermeyer age 65 Harold Faltermeyer is a German musician, keyboard player, composer and record producer. He is recognized as one of the composers/producers who best captured the zeitgeist of 1980s synthpop in ...more

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Joseph Martin Kraus is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Joseph Martin Kraus Died at 36 (1756-1792) Joseph Martin Kraus, was a composer in the classical era who was born in Miltenberg am Main, Germany. He moved to Sweden at age 21, and died at the age of 36 in Stockholm. He has been referred ...more

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Kurt Weill is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Kurt Weill Died at 50 (1900-1950) Kurt Julian Weill was a German composer, active from the 1920s in his native country, and in his later years in the United States. He was a leading composer for the stage who was best known for ...more

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Harald Blüchel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Harald Blüchel age 55 Harald Blüchel is a German electronic artist who is mostly known under his alias Cosmic Baby. Blüchel is also well known for his participation in dance acts such as Energy 52 with Paul ...more

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Hanns Eisler is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Hanns Eisler Died at 64 (1898-1962) Hanns Eisler was an Austrian composer. Composer of the national anthem of the German Democratic Republic, he is probably best known for his long artistic association with Bertolt Brecht, and for ...more

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Graham Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Graham Reynolds age 47 Graham Reynolds Austin, Texas based, Composer-bandleader Graham Reynolds creates, performs, and records music for film, theater, dance, rock clubs and concert halls with collaborators ranging ...more

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Hildegard of Bingen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Hildegard of Bingen Died at 81 (1098-1179) Saint Hildegard of Bingen, O.S.B., also known as Saint Hildegard and Sibyl of the Rhine, was a German writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, Benedictine abbess, visionary, and ...more

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Bert Kaempfert is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Bert Kaempfert Died at 57 (1923-1980) Bert Kaempfert was a German orchestra leader and songwriter. He made easy listening and jazz-oriented records and wrote the music for a number of well-known songs, including "Strangers in ...more