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Famous Composers from Italy

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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.

Use this list of renowned Italian composers to discover some new composers that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (389 items)
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Angelo Mariani is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Composers from Italy
Dec. at 52 (1821-1873)
Angelo Maurizio Gaspare Mariani was an Italian opera conductor and composer. His work as a conductor drew praise from Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Gioachino Rossini and Richard Wagner, and ...more
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Uto Ughi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Composers from Italy
age 75
Diodato "Uto" Ughi is an Italian violinist and conductor. He was the music director of l'Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia from 1987–1992. He is considered one of ...more
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Giovanni Venosta is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Composers from Italy
age 57
Giovanni Venosta is a composer and a film score composer.
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Piero Piccioni is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Composers from Italy
Dec. at 83 (1921-2004)
Piero Piccioni was an Italian lawyer turned major film score composer. A pianist, organist, conductor, composer, he was also the prolific author of more than 300 film soundtracks. His mother’s ...more
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Vince Guaraldi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Composers from Italy
Dec. at 48 (1928-1976)
Vincent Anthony "Vince" Guaraldi, born Vincent Anthony Dellaglio, was an American jazz musician and pianist noted for his innovative compositions and arrangements and for composing ...more
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Costanzo Festa is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Composers from Italy
Costanzo Festa Dec. at 50 (1495-1545)
Costanzo Festa was an Italian composer of the Renaissance. While he is best known for his madrigals, he also wrote sacred vocal music. He was the first native Italian polyphonist of ...more
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Luigi Cherubini is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Composers from Italy
Dec. at 82 (1760-1842)
Luigi Cherubini was an Italian composer who spent most of his working life in France. His most significant compositions are operas and sacred music. Beethoven regarded Cherubini as the greatest ...more
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Alessandro Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Composers from Italy
Dec. at 65 (1660-1725)
Alessandro Scarlatti was an Italian Baroque composer, especially famous for his operas and chamber cantatas. He is considered the founder of the Neapolitan school of opera. He was the father of ...more
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Daniele Amfitheatrof is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Composers from Italy
Dec. at 82 (1901-1983)
Daniele Amfitheatrof was a Russian-born Italian-naturalised composer and conductor.
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Antonio Cagnoni is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Composers from Italy
Antonio Cagnoni Dec. at 68 (1828-1896)
Antonio Cagnoni was an Italian composer. Primarily known for his twenty operas, his work is characterized by his use of leitmotifs and moderately dissonant harmonies. In addition to writing ...more
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Claudio Abbado is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Composers from Italy
Dec. at 81 (1933-2014)
Claudio Abbado, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI was an Italian conductor. One of the most celebrated and respected conductors of the 20th century, he served as music director of the La Scala opera ...more
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Arrigo Boito is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Composers from Italy
Dec. at 76 (1842-1918)
Arrigo Boito, was an Italian poet, journalist, novelist, librettist and composer, best known today for his libretti, especially those for Giuseppe Verdi's operas Otello and Falstaff, and his own ...more
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Don Carlo Gesualdo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Composers from Italy
Dec. at 47 (1566-1613)
Carlo Gesualdo, also known as Gesualdo da Venosa, Prince of Venosa and Count of Conza, was an Italian nobleman, lutenist, composer and murderer. As a composer of the late Renaissance, he is ...more
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Claudio Baglioni is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Composers from Italy
age 67
Claudio Baglioni is an Italian pop singer-songwriter and musician. He is considered one of the greatest songwriters/singers in Italy and one of the greatest figures in Italian musica leggera; ...more
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Emilio de' Cavalieri is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Composers from Italy
Dec. at 52 (1550-1602)
Emilio de' Cavalieri was an Italian composer, producer, organist, diplomat, choreographer and dancer at the end of the Renaissance era. His work, along with that of other composers active in ...more
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Franco Piersanti is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Composers from Italy
age 69
Franco Piersanti is an Italian composer and conductor. Born in Rome, Piersanti graduated in double bass at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory, where he studied composition under the guidance of ...more
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Lorenzo Ferrero is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Composers from Italy
age 68
Lorenzo Ferrero is a contemporary Italian composer, librettist, author, and book editor. He started composing at an early age and has written over a hundred compositions thus far, including ...more
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Bruno Maderna is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Composers from Italy
Dec. at 53 (1920-1973)
Bruno Maderna was an Italian conductor and composer. For the last ten years of his life he lived in Germany and eventually became a citizen of that country.
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Mario Nascimbene is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Composers from Italy
Dec. at 89 (1913-2002)
Mario Nascimbene was a composer, film score composer and conductor.
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Benedetto Marcello is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Composers from Italy
Dec. at 53 (1686-1739)
Benedetto Giacomo Marcello was an Italian composer, writer, advocate, magistrate, and teacher.
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Fabio Biondi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Composers from Italy
age 57
Fabio Biondi is an Italian violinist and conductor. Born in Palermo, Sicily, Biondi had a late start, never having even held a violin till age 11, but by the following year he had advanced so ...more
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Joseph Weigl is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Composers from Italy
Dec. at 80 (1766-1846)
Joseph Weigl, was an Austrian composer and conductor, born in Eisenstadt, Hungary, Austrian Empire. The son of Joseph Franz Weigl, the principal cellist in the orchestra of the Esterházy ...more
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Francesco Rasi is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Composers from Italy
Dec. at 47 (1574-1621)
Francesco Rasi was an Italian composer, singer, chitarrone player, and poet. Rasi was born in Arezzo. He studied at the University of Pisa and in 1594 he was studying with Giulio Caccini. He may ...more
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Alessandro Rolla is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Composers from Italy
Dec. at 84 (1757-1841)
Alessandro Rolla was an Italian viola and violin virtuoso, composer, conductor and teacher. His son, Antonio Rolla, was also a violin virtuoso and composer. His fame now rests mainly as ...more
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Antonio Bagioli is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Composers from Italy
Dec. at 76 (1795-1871)
Giuseppe Antonio Bagioli of Bologna, Italy and New York City, New York was a successful composer, music teacher and author, and the father of Teresa Bagioli Sickles, wife of Dan Sickles, central ...more