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Famous Composers from Italy

Updated October 13, 2018 9.3k views388 items

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

List is made up of a variety of people, including Joe Satriani and Jean-Baptiste Lully.

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

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    Gioacchino Rossini

    Dec. at 76 (1792-1868)

    BirthplacePesaro, Italy

    Gioachino Antonio Rossini (29 February 1792 – 13 November 1868) was an Italian composer who gained fame for his 39 operas, although he also wrote many songs, some chamber music and piano pieces, and...  more

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    BirthplaceRome, Italy

    Ennio Morricone (November 10, 1928 – July 6, 2020) was an Italian composer, orchestrator, conductor, and trumpet player who wrote music in a wide range of styles. Morricone composed over 400 scores...  more

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    Jean-Baptiste Lully

    Dec. at 55 (1632-1687)

    BirthplaceFlorence, Italy

    Jean-Baptiste Lully (UK: , US: ; French: [ʒɑ̃ baˈtist lyˈli]; born Giovanni Battista Lulli, Italian: [ˈlulli]; 28 November [O.S. 18 November] 1632– 22 March 1687) was an Italian-born French composer,...  more
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    Luciano Berio

    Dec. at 78 (1925-2003)

    BirthplaceOneglia

    Luciano Berio, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI (October 24, 1925 – May 27, 2003) was an Italian composer. He is noted for his experimental work (in particular his 1968 composition Sinfonia and his...  more
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    Ferruccio Busoni

    Dec. at 58 (1866-1924)

    BirthplaceEmpoli, Italy

    Ferruccio Busoni (1 April 1866 – 27 July 1924) was an Italian composer, pianist, conductor, editor, writer, and teacher. His international career and reputation led him to work closely with many of...  more
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    Muzio Clementi

    Dec. at 80 (1752-1832)

    BirthplaceRome, Italy

    Muzio Filippo Vincenzo Francesco Saverio Clementi (23 January 1752 – 10 March 1832) was an Italian-born English composer, pianist, pedagogue, conductor, music publisher, editor, and piano...  more
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    Claudio Monteverdi

    Dec. at 76 (1567-1643)

    BirthplaceCremona, Italy

    Claudio Giovanni Antonio Monteverdi (, also US: , Italian: [ˈklaudjo monteˈverdi] (listen); baptized 15 May 1567 – 29 November 1643) was an Italian composer, string player and choirmaster. A composer...  more

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    Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

    Dec. at 26 (1710-1736)

    BirthplaceIesi, Italy

    Giovanni Battista Draghi (Italian pronunciation: [dʒoˈvanni batˈtista ˈdraːɡi]; 4 January 1710 – 16 or 17 March 1736), often referred to as Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (Italian: [perɡoˈleːzi;...  more

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    Luigi Boccherini

    Dec. at 62 (1743-1805)

    BirthplaceLucca, Italy

    Ridolfo Luigi Boccherini (, also US: , Italian: [riˈdɔlfo luˈiːdʒi bokkeˈriːni] (listen); February 19, 1743 – May 28, 1805) was an Italian composer and cellist of the Classical era whose music...  more
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    Ottorino Respighi

    Dec. at 57 (1879-1936)

    BirthplaceBologna, Italy

    Ottorino Respighi ( reh-SPEE-ghee, also US: rə-, Italian: [ottoˈriːno reˈspiːɡi]; 9 July 1879 – 18 April 1936) was an Italian violinist, composer and musicologist, best known for his trilogy of...  more
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    Giacomo Puccini

    Dec. at 66 (1858-1924)

    BirthplaceLucca, Italy

    Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini (UK: puu-CHEE-nee, US: poo-, Italian: [ˈdʒaːkomo putˈtʃiːni]; 22 December 1858 – 29 November 1924) was an Italian opera composer who has been...  more

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    Domenico Scarlatti

    Dec. at 72 (1685-1757)

    BirthplaceNaples, Italy

    Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti (Naples, 26 October 1685 – Madrid, 23 July 1757) was an Italian composer. He is classified primarily as a Baroque composer chronologically, although his music was...  more
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    Tomaso Albinoni

    Dec. at 80 (1671-1751)

    BirthplaceVenice, Scorzè, Italy

    Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni (8 June 1671 – 17 January 1751) was an Italian Baroque composer. While famous in his day as an opera composer, he is known today for his instrumental music, especially his...  more
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    BirthplaceBorgo Santa Lucia

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    Jerry Gray

    Dec. at 61 (1915-1976)

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts

    Jerry Gray (July 3, 1915 – August 10, 1976) was an American violinist, arranger, composer, and leader of swing dance orchestras (big bands) bearing his name. He is widely known for his work with...  more
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    Bill Conti

    Age: 78

    BirthplaceProvidence, Rhode Island

    William Conti (born April 13, 1942) is an American composer and conductor best known for his film scores, including Rocky (and four of its sequels), Karate Kid (and all of its sequels), For Your Eyes...  more
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    BirthplaceFlorence, Italy

    Sylvano Bussotti (born 1 October 1931) is an Italian composer of contemporary music whose work is unusually notated and often creates special problems of interpretation....  more
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    BirthplaceWestbury, New York, United States of America

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    Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

    Dec. at 69 (1525-1594)

    BirthplacePalestrina, Italy

    Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c. 1525 – 2 February 1594) was an Italian Renaissance composer of sacred music and the best-known 16th-century representative of the Roman School of musical...  more
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    Giuseppe Sinopoli

    Dec. at 55 (1946-2001)

    BirthplaceVenice, Scorzè, Italy

    Giuseppe Sinopoli (Italian pronunciation: [dʒuˈzɛppe siˈnɔːpoli]; 2 November 1946 – 20 April 2001) was an Italian conductor and composer....  more
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    Vincenzo Bellini

    Dec. at 34 (1801-1835)

    BirthplaceCatania, Italy

    Vincenzo Salvatore Carmelo Francesco Bellini (Italian: [vinˈtʃɛntso salvaˈtoːre karˈmɛːlo franˈtʃesko belˈliːni] (listen); 3 November 1801 – 23 September 1835) was an Italian opera composer, who was...  more
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    Rinaldo di Capua

    Dec. at 75 (1705-1780)

    BirthplaceCapua, Italy

    Rinaldo di (da) Capua (Capua, c. 1705 – probably Rome, c. 1780) was an Italian composer. Little is known of him with any certainty, including his name, although he was known to Charles Burney. He...  more
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    Giovanni Battista Draghi

    Dec. at 68 (1640-1708)

    BirthplaceRimini, Italy

    Giovanni Battista Draghi was an Anglo-Italian composer and keyboard player. He may have been the brother of the composer Antonio Draghi. Draghi was brought to London in the 1660s by King Charles II...  more
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    Pietro Mascagni

    Dec. at 82 (1863-1945)

    BirthplaceLivorno, Italy

    Pietro Mascagni (7 December 1863 – 2 August 1945) was an Italian composer primarily known for his operas. His 1890 masterpiece Cavalleria Rusticana caused one of the greatest sensations in opera...  more
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    Giovanni Salvatore

    Dec. at 68 (1620-1688)

    BirthplaceCastelvenere, Italy

    Giovanni Salvatore (ca.1620–ca.1688) was a Neapolitan composer and organist.Salvatore was born in Castelvenere. He is thought to have studied under Giovanni Maria Sabino and Erasmo di Bartolo at the...  more