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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.

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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 61
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
age 89
André George Previn, KBE (/ˈprɛvɪn/; born Andreas Ludwig Priwin; April 6, 1929 – February 28, 2019) was a German-American pianist, conductor, and composer. He is considered one of the ...more
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Clara Schumann is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Composers from Germany
Clara Schumann Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 53
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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