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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
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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 influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include 9 symphonies, 5 concertos for piano, 1 ...more

Age: Died at 57 (1770-1827)

Birthplace: Bonn, Germany

Profession: Songwriter, Pianist, Musician, Lyricist, Composer, + more

Credits: Django Unchained, A Clockwork Orange, The King's Speech, The Pianist

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Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
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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 the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's ...more

Age: Died at 65 (1685-1750)

Birthplace: Eisenach, Germany

Profession: Musician, Harpsichordist, Composer, Cantor, Organist, + more

Credits: The Godfather, Se7en, The Silence of the Lambs, The Pianist

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John Denver is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
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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, starting in the 1970s. He was one of the most popular acoustic artists of the decade and one of its ...more

Age: Died at 54 (1943-1997)

Birthplace: Roswell, New Mexico, United States of America

Profession: Pilot, Record producer, Poet, Guitarist, Songwriter, + more

Credits: Final Destination, Catch Me If You Can, The Guard, Armageddon

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George Frideric Handel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
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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 a family indifferent to music, Handel received critical training in Halle, Hamburg and Italy before ...more

Age: Died at 74 (1685-1759)

Birthplace: Halle, Germany

Profession: Composer

Credits: The Social Network, The Intouchables, Children of Men, Face/Off

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