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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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Alberto Iglesias is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Composers from Spain
age 64
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 47
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 72
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 76
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 52
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 34
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 63
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 54
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.