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Famous Composers from Spain

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

People here include everything from Alejandro Amenábar to Fernando Sor.

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

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    BirthplaceDonostia / San Sebastián, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Alberto Iglesias Fernández-Berridi (born 21 October 1955, in San Sebastián) is a Spanish composer. He was first noticed as a score composer for Spanish films, mostly from Pedro Almodóvar and Julio  ...more
  • 2

    BirthplaceSantiago, Chile

    NationalitySpain

    Alejandro Fernando Amenábar Cantos (born March 31, 1972) is a Spanish-Chilean film director, screenwriter and composer. Among other honors, he has won nine Goyas and two European Film Awards. He has  ...more
  • 3
    Dec. at 70 (1510-1580)

    BirthplacePalencia, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Alonso Mudarra (c. 1510 – April 1, 1580) was a Spanish composer of the Renaissance, and also played the vihuela, a guitar-shaped string instrument. He was an innovative composer of instrumental  ...more
  • 4
    Dec. at 61 (1871-1932)

    BirthplaceCollbató, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Amadeu Vives i Roig (Catalan pronunciation: [əməˈðew ˈβiβəz i ˈrɔtʃ]; 18 November 1871 – 2 December 1932) was a Spanish musical composer, creator of over a hundred stage works. He is best known for  ...more
  • 5
    Dec. at 73 (1673-1747)

    BirthplaceArtà, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Antoni de Literes (18 June 1673 Majorca – 18 January 1747 Madrid), also known as Antonio de Literes or Antoni Literes Carrión) was a Spanish composer of zarzuelas. As with other national forms of  ...more
  • 6
    Dec. at 54 (1729-1783)

    BirthplaceOlot, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Antonio Francisco Javier José Soler Ramos, usually known as Padre ('Father', in the religious sense) Antonio Soler, known in Catalan as Antoni Soler i Ramos (baptized 3 December 1729 – died 20  ...more
  • 7

    BirthplaceSanturtzi, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Arturo Vaquero is a film score composer, musician and composer.  ...more
  • 8

    BirthplaceAlcoy, Spain, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Camilo Blanes Cortés (born 16 September 1946), known professionally as Camilo Sesto, is a Spanish singer. He is also a songwriter, a music producer and composer of romantic pop and rock ballads in  ...more
  • 9
    Dec. at 82 (1915-1997)

    BirthplaceBarcelona, Spain

    NationalityUnited States of America, Spain

    Carlos Surinach (or Carles Suriñach) i Wrokona (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈkaɾləs suɾiˈɲak]; March 4, 1915 – November 12, 1997) was a Spanish-born composer and conductor.  ...more
  • 10
    Dec. at 53 (1500-1553)

    BirthplaceSeville, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Cristóbal de Morales (c. 1500 – between 4 September and 7 October 1553) was a Spanish composer of the Renaissance. He is generally considered to be the most influential Spanish composer before Tomás  ...more
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    BirthplaceMadrid, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Cristóbal Halffter Jiménez-Encina (born 24 March 1930) is a Spanish classical composer. He is the nephew of two other composers, Rodolfo and Ernesto Halffter.  ...more
  • 12

    BirthplaceBuenos Aires, Argentina

    NationalityPalestinian National Authority, Argentina, Spain, Israel

    Daniel Barenboim, KBE (German: [ˈbaːʁənbɔʏm]; Hebrew: דניאל בארנבוים‎; born 15 November 1942) is a pianist and conductor who is a citizen of Argentina, Israel, Palestine, and Spain. The current  ...more

    #77 of 126 The Best Pianists in the World#1479 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time#96 of 152 The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time

  • 13
    Dec. at 48 (1867-1916)

    BirthplaceLleida, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Enrique Granados Campiña (27 July 1867 – 24 March 1916) was a Spanish pianist and composer of classical music.  ...more
  • 14
    Dec. at 94 (1893-1987)

    BirthplaceBarcelona, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Frederic Mompou Dencausse (Catalan: [fɾəðəˈɾiɡ mumˈpow]; alternatively Federico Mompou; 16 April 1893 – 30 June 1987) was a Spanish composer and pianist. He is remembered for his solo piano music  ...more
  • 15
    Dec. at 81 (1841-1922)

    BirthplaceTortosa, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Felip Pedrell Sabaté (Spanish: Felipe) (19 February 1841 – 19 August 1922) was a Spanish composer, guitarist and musicologist.  ...more
  • 16
    Dec. at 61 (1778-1839)

    BirthplaceBarcelona, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Fernando Sor (baptized 14 February 1778 – died 10 July 1839) was a Spanish classical guitarist and composer. While he is best known for his guitar compositions, he also composed music for a wide  ...more
  • 17

    BirthplaceBarcelona, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Francis Amat is a film score composer.
  • 18
    Dec. at 71 (1528-1599)

    BirthplaceSeville, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Francisco Guerrero (October 4 (?), 1528 – November 8, 1599) was a Spanish Catholic priest and composer of the Renaissance. He was born and died in Seville.  ...more
  • 19
    Dec. at 57 (1852-1909)

    BirthplaceVillarreal, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Francisco de Asís Tárrega y Eixea (21 November 1852 – 15 December 1909) was a Spanish composer and classical guitarist of the Romantic period. He is known for such pieces as Recuerdos de la Alhambra.  ...more
  • 20

    BirthplaceBarcelona, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Gerard Pastor is a composer.
  • 21
    Dec. at 48 (1860-1909)

    BirthplaceCamprodon, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Isaac Manuel Francisco Albéniz y Pascual (Spanish pronunciation: [iˈsak alˈβeniθ]; 29 May 1860 – 18 May 1909) was a Spanish virtuoso pianist, composer, and conductor. He is one of the foremost  ...more

    #51 of 368 The Best Classical Composers#25 of 63 The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked#107 of 1,347 Every Person Who Has Been Immortalized in a Google Doodle

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    BirthplaceTeruel, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Javier Navarrete (born May 9,1956) is a Spanish composer of film scores. His most famous score, for which he received an Oscar nomination, was for Pan's Labyrinth (his second collaboration with  ...more
  • 23

    BirthplacePalma, Majorca, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Joan Valent is a film score composer.  ...more
  • 24
    Dec. at 97 (1901-1999)

    BirthplaceSagunto, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Joaquín Rodrigo Vidre, 1st Marquis of the Gardens of Aranjuez (Spanish: [xoaˈkin roˈðɾiɣo]; 22 November 1901 – 6 July 1999), was a Spanish composer and a virtuoso pianist. Rodrigo's music is among  ...more
  • 25
    Dec. at 66 (1882-1949)

    BirthplaceSeville, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Joaquín Turina Pérez (9 December 1882 – 14 January 1949) was a Spanish composer of classical music.  ...more