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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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Alberto Iglesias is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
age 63 Alberto Iglesias Fernández-Berridi is a Spanish composer. He has written the music for several Spanish films, mostly from Pedro Almodóvar and Julio Medem. He has been nominated for ...more

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Alejandro Amenábar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
age 46 Alejandro Fernando Amenábar Cantos, commonly known as Alejandro Amenábar, is a Spanish writer, composer and director. Among other honors, he has won an Academy Award, 8 Goyas and ...more

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Alonso Mudarra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
Dec. at 70 (1510-1580) Alonso Mudarra was a Spanish composer and vihuelist of the Renaissance. He was an innovative composer of instrumental music as well as songs, and was the composer of the earliest surviving music ...more

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Amadeo Vives is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
Dec. at 61 (1871-1932) Amadeu Vives i Roig was a Spanish musical composer, creator of over a hundred stage works. He is best known for Doña Francisquita, which Christopher Webber has praised for its "easy ...more

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Antoni Lliteres Carrió is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
Antoni Lliteres Carrió Dec. at 74 (1673-1747) Antoni de Literes, also known as Antoni Lliteres Carrió or Antoni Literes Carrión was a Spanish composer of zarzuelas. As with other national forms of baroque opera, Literes's ...more

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Antonio Soler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
Dec. at 54 (1729-1783) Antonio Francisco Javier José Soler Ramos, usually known as Padre Antonio Soler, known in Catalan as Antoni Soler i Ramos was a Spanish composer whose works span the late Baroque and ...more

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Arturo Vaquero is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
age 46 Arturo Vaquero is a film score composer, musician and composer.

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Camilo Sesto is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
age 71 Camilo Sesto is the stage name of Camilo Blanes Cortés. He is one of the most famous singers from Spain. He is also a songwriter, a music producer and composer of romantic pop and rock ...more

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Carlos Surinach is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
Dec. at 82 (1915-1997) Carlos Surinach i Wrokona was a Catalan Spanish-born composer and conductor.

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Cristóbal de Morales is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
Dec. at 53 (1500-1553) Cristóbal de Morales was a Spanish composer of the Renaissance. He is generally considered to be the most influential Spanish composer before Victoria.

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Cristóbal Halffter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
Cristóbal Halffter age 88 Cristóbal Halffter Jiménez-Encina is a Spanish composer. He is the nephew of two other composers, Rodolfo and Ernesto Halffter.

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Daniel Barenboim is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
age 75 Daniel Barenboim is an Argentine pianist and conductor. Currently, he is general music director of La Scala in Milan, the Berlin State Opera, and the Staatskapelle Berlin; he previously served ...more

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Enrique Granados is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
Dec. at 49 (1867-1916) Enrique Granados Campiña was a Spanish pianist and composer of classical music. His music is in a uniquely Spanish style and, as such, is representative of musical nationalism.

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Federico Mompou is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
Dec. at 94 (1893-1987) Frederic Mompou i Dencausse, was a Spanish composer and pianist. He is remembered for his solo piano music and, to a degree, his songs.

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Felipe Pedrell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
Dec. at 81 (1841-1922) Felip Pedrell, was a Spanish Catalan composer. He worked as a musicologist and early music specialist and edited Victoria’s opera omnia and the requiem of Joan Brudieu. This and other of his ...more

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Fernando Sor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
Dec. at 61 (1778-1839) Josep Ferran Sorts i Muntades was a Spanish classical guitarist and composer. While he is best known for his guitar compositions, he also composed music for a wide range of genres, including ...more

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Francis Amat is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
Francis Amat age 51 Francis Amat is a film score composer.

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Francisco Guerrero is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
Francisco Guerrero Dec. at 71 (1528-1599) Francisco Guerrero was a Spanish composer of the Renaissance. He was born and died in Seville.

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Francisco Tárrega is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
Dec. at 57 (1852-1909) Francisco de Asís Tárrega y Eixea was a Spanish composer and classical guitarist of the Romantic period.

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Gerard Pastor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
Gerard Pastor age 33 Gerard Pastor is a composer.

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Isaac Albéniz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
Dec. at 49 (1860-1909) Isaac Manuel Francisco Albéniz y Pascual was a Spanish pianist and composer best known for his piano works based on folk music idioms. Transcriptions of many of his pieces, such as ...more

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Javier Navarrete is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
age 62 Javier Navarrete is a Spanish composer of film scores. His most famous score, for which he received an Academy Award nomination, was for Pan's Labyrinth. Navarrete also composed the scores for ...more

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Joan Valent is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
age 53 Joan Valent is a film score composer.

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Joaquín Rodrigo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
Dec. at 98 (1901-1999) Joaquín Rodrigo Vidre, 1st Marquis of the Gardens of Aranjuez, commonly known as Joaquín Rodrigo, was a Spanish composer and a virtuoso pianist. Rodrigo's music is among the most ...more

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Joaquín Turina is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
Dec. at 67 (1882-1949) Joaquín Turina was a Spanish composer of classical music.

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Joaquín Valverde Durán is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
Joaquín Valverde Durán Dec. at 64 (1846-1910) Joaquín Valverde Durán was a Spanish composer, conductor and flautist. As a composer he is known for his collaborations on zarzuelas. He was also the father of Joaquín ...more

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José de Nebra is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
José de Nebra Dec. at 66 (1702-1768) José Melchor Baltasar Gaspar Nebra Blasco was a Spanish composer. José de Nebra was born in Calatayud and was taught by his father, José Antonio Nebra Mezquita, organist and ...more

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José Lidón is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
José Lidón Dec. at 81 (1746-1827) José Lidón was a Spanish composer, organist and conductor. He was born in Bejar, Salamanca on June 2, 1748 and died in Madrid on February 11, 1827.

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José Padilla is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
Dec. at 71 (1889-1960) José Padilla was a composer.

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Laura Vall is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
age 33 Laura Vall is an indie pop artist from Barcelona, Spain currently established in Los Angeles, CA with more than 10 years of experience as a singer and songwriter. Vall’s lyrical, warm, soulful ...more

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Leonardo Balada is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
age 84 Leonardo Balada, is a Catalan American composer, now teaching and composing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Luis de Pablo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
Luis de Pablo age 88 Luis de Pablo is a Spanish composer.

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Luis Iriondo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
age 86 Luis Iriondo is an actor.

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Madcore is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
Madcore age 36

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Manuel de Falla is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
Dec. at 70 (1876-1946) Manuel de Falla y Matheu was a Spanish composer. With Isaac Albéniz and Enrique Granados he is one of Spain's most important musicians of the first half of the 20th century. His image was ...more

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Manuel Valls is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
Manuel Valls Dec. at 64 (1920-1984) Manuel Valls i Gorina was a Catalan Spanish composer, pianist, music critic, and music educator. Valls was born in Badalona. He studied at the University of Barcelona and the Conservatori ...more

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Maria de Alvear is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
Maria de Alvear age 58 Maria de Alvear is a Spanish-German composer living in Germany who was born to Spanish father and German mother.

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Mateo Albéniz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
Dec. at 76 (1755-1831) Mateo Albéniz, also known as Mateo Antonio Pérez de Albéniz —no relation to the better-known composer Isaac Albéniz—was a Spanish composer and priest. He held a post ...more

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Miquel Asins Arbó is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
Miquel Asins Arbó Dec. at 78 (1918-1996) Miguel Asins Arbó was a Spanish composer.

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Miguel Ríos is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
age 73 Miguel Ríos is a Spanish singer, composer, actor. He is one of the pioneers of rock and roll in Spain.

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Najwa Nimri is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
age 46 Najwa Nimri Urrutikoetxea is a Spanish actress and singer of Jordanian descent.

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Niño Josele is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
age 44 Niño Josele is a Spanish guitarist, and exponent of the New Flamenco style. His first two albums show a vibrant, pure, modern flamenco style. He then released a tribute to Bill Evans' ...more

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Octavio Vazquez is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
Octavio Vazquez age 45 Octavio Vázquez Rodríguez is a Galician-American New York based composer of classical music.

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Pablo Esteve is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
Dec. at 64 (1730-1794) Pablo Esteve y Grimau was a Spanish composer. Esteve was conductor and house-composer for the Teatro de la Cruz in Madrid during the peak of the popularity of the tonadilla genre. The risque ...more

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Paco de Lucía is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
Dec. at 67 (1947-2014) Francisco Gustavo Sánchez Gomes, known as Paco de Lucía, was a Spanish virtuoso flamenco guitarist, composer and producer. A leading proponent of the New Flamenco style, he helped ...more

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Pedro Vilarroig is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
age 64 Pedro Vilarroig is a Spanish composer and a professor of physics and cosmology at the Universidad Politécnica of Madrid. He is a best known for his compositions, and is a proponent of ...more

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Ramon Carnicer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
Dec. at 66 (1789-1855) Ramon Carnicer i Batlle was a Catalan composer and opera conductor, today best known for composing the National Anthem of Chile.

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Reine Louis Laforgue is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
Reine Louis Laforgue Dec. at 39 (1928-1967) Reine Louis Laforgue is a music composer

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Roberto Gerhard is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
Dec. at 74 (1896-1970) Robert Gerhard i Ottenwaelder was a Catalan composer and musical scholar and writer, generally known outside Catalonia as Roberto Gerhard.

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Roque Baños is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
age 50 Roque Baños López is a Spanish music composer whose place of birth is Jumilla, a municipality in the major Spanish city of Murcia. Baños graduated from Boston's Berklee ...more