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The Great Composers

Every tune you ever heard was originally composed by someone. Even the traditional or folk tunes, passed down over the ages by oral tradition, have their composers, but we don't know who they were!

In this section you will find information about all the great classical composers,  with lists of some of the best tunes that each composer wrote.  Click on the Composer, at the left of any row in the list below, to see his/her tunes and movements.  Click on column headings to re-order the list by that heading.

No.ComposerFirst NamesYear BornYear DiedBorn inStyle
1 AlbénizIsaac18611909SpainImpressionist
2 AlbinoniTomaso16711750ItalyBaroque
3 AlfvenHugo18721960SwedenModern (Serious)
4 AllegriGregorio15821652ItalyRenaissance
5 AndersonLeroy19081975USAPopular Modern
6 ArenskyAnton18611906RussiaRomantic
7 ArneThomas17101778EnglandBaroque
8 BachJohann Sebastian16851750GermanyBaroque
9 BalakirevMily18371910RussiaRomantic
10 BalfeMichael18081870IrelandRomantic
11 BantockGranville18681946EnglandRomantic
12 BarberSamuel19101981USAModern (Serious)
13 BartókBela18811945HungaryModern (Serious)
14 BeethovenLudwig Van17701827GermanyClassical
15 BelliniVincenzo18011835ItalyRomantic
16 BennetJohn15691619EnglandRenaissance
17 BerlinIrving18881989RussiaPopular Modern
18 BerliozHector18031869FranceRomantic
19 BizetGeorges18381875FranceRomantic
20 BoccheriniLuigi17431805ItalyClassical
21 BorodinAlexander18341887RussiaRomantic
22 BrahmsJohannes18331897GermanyRomantic
23 BruchMax18381920GermanyRomantic
24 BrucknerAnton18241896AustriaRomantic
25 BusoniFerrucio18661924GermanyRomantic
26 ByrdWilliam15431623EnglandRenaissance
27 CanteloubeJoseph18791957FranceRomantic
28 ChabrierAlexis Emmanuel18411894FranceImpressionist
29 ChaminadeCecile18571944FranceRomantic
30 ChopinFrederick18101849PolandRomantic
31 ClarkeJeremy16741707EnglandBaroque
32 ClementiMuzio17521832ItalyClassical
33 CoplandAaron19001990USAModern (Serious)
34 CorelliArcangelo16531713ItalyBaroque
35 DalayracNicolas17531809FranceClassical
36 DandrieuJean Francois16821738FranceBaroque
37 DebussyClaude18621918FranceImpressionist
38 De-FallaManuel18761946SpainImpressionist
39 DelibesLeo18361891FranceImpressionist
40 DeliusFrederick18621934EnglandImpressionist
41 De-SéveracDéodat18721921FranceImpressionist
42 DibdinCharles17451814EnglandRomantic
43 DonizettiGaetano17971848ItalyRomantic
44 DukasPaul18651935FranceImpressionist
45 DurandAuguste18301909FranceRomantic
46 DvořákAntonin18411904Czech RepublicRomantic
47 ElgarEdward18571934EnglandRomantic
48 EllingtonDuke18991974USAPopular Modern
49 FauréGabriel18451924FranceRomantic
50 FibichZdenko18501900Czech RepublicRomantic
51 FieldJohn17821837IrelandRomantic
52 FosterStephen18261864USATraditional
53 FranckCesar Auguste18221890BelgiumRomantic
54 FranzRobert18151892GermanyRomantic
55 FučikJulius18721916Czech RepublicRomantic
56 GadeNiels18171890DenmarkRomantic
57 GauntlettH.J.18051876EnglandRomantic
58 GermanEdward18621936EnglandRomantic
59 GershwinGeorge18981937USAPopular Modern
60 GliereReinhold18751956RussiaRomantic
61 GlinkaMikhail18041857RussiaRomantic
62 GluckChristoph17141787GermanyBaroque
63 GomersallVictor19443000EnglandModern (Serious)
64 GossecFrançois17341829FranceClassical
65 GounodCharles Francois18181893FranceRomantic
66 GraingerPercy18821961AustraliaModern (Serious)
67 GranadosEnrique18671916SpainRomantic
68 GriegEdvard Hagerup18431907NorwayRomantic
69 HandelGeorge Frederick16851759GermanyBaroque
70 HaydnFranz Josef17321809AustriaClassical
71 HillAlfred18691960AustraliaRomantic
72 HolstGustav Theodore18741934EnglandModern (Serious)
73 HummelJohann17781837SlovakiaClassical
74 IrelandJohn18791962EnglandImpressionist
75 JoplinScott18691917USAModern (Serious)
76 Josquin-des-PrezJosquin14401521BelgiumRenaissance
77 KetèlbeyAlbert18751959EnglandRomantic
78 KhachaturianAram19031978RussiaModern (Serious)
79 KreislerFritz18751962AustriaRomantic
80 LassenEduard18301908BelgiumRomantic
81 LassusOrlande15321594BelgiumRenaissance
82 LavalléeCalixa18421891CanadaRomantic
83 LehárFranz18701948HungaryRomantic
84 LisleRouget de17601836FranceClassical
85 LisztFranz18111886HungaryRomantic
86 Lloyd-WebberAndrew19483000EnglandPopular Modern
87 LoeweFrederick19011988GermanyPopular Modern
88 MahlerGustav18601911Czech RepublicRomantic
89 MariniBiagio15871663ItalyBaroque
90 MartiniJohann17411816GermanyClassical
91 MascagniPietro18631945ItalyRomantic
92 MassenetJules18421912FranceRomantic
93 McCartneyPaul19423000EnglandPopular Modern
94 McDowellEdward18601908USARomantic
95 MendelssohnFelix18091847GermanyRomantic
96 MeyerbeerGiacomo17911864GermanyClassical
97 MorleyThomas15571602EnglandRenaissance
98 MoszkowskiMoritz18541925PolandRomantic
99 MozartWolfgang Amadeus17561791AustriaClassical
100 MussorgskyModest Petrovitch18391881RussiaRomantic
101 NicolaiOtto18101849GermanyRomantic
102 OffenbachJacques18191880GermanyRomantic
103 PachelbelJohann16531706GermanyBaroque
104 PaderewskiIgnacy Jan18601941PolandRomantic
105 PalestrinaGiovanni15251594ItalyRenaissance
106 ParadiesPietro Domenico17071791ItalyBaroque
107 ParryCharles18481918EnglandRomantic
108 PierpontJames18221893USARomantic
109 PonchielliAmilcare18341886ItalyRomantic
110 PoulencFrancis18991963FranceModern (Serious)
111 ProkofievSergei18911953RussiaModern (Serious)
112 PucciniGiacomo18581924ItalyModern (Serious)
113 PurcellHenry16591695EnglandBaroque
114 RachmaninovSergei18731943RussiaRomantic
115 RameauJean Philippe16831764FranceBaroque
116 RavelMaurice Joseph18751937FranceModern (Serious)
117 RespighiOtorino18791936ItalyImpressionist
118 Rimsky-KorsakovNikolai Andreyevich18441908RussiaRomantic
119 RodgersRichard19021979USAPopular Modern
120 RodrigoJoaquin19011999SpainModern (Serious)
121 RossiniGioacchino Antonio17921868ItalyRomantic
122 RubensteinAnton18291894RussiaRomantic
123 Saint-SaensCamille18351921FranceRomantic
124 SatieErik18661925FranceModern (Serious)
125 ScarlattiDomenico16851757ItalyBaroque
126 SchubertFranz Peter17971828AustriaRomantic
127 SchumannRobert18101856GermanyRomantic
128 ScriabinAlexander18721915RussiaModern (Serious)
129 ShostakovichDmitri19061975RussiaModern (Serious)
130 SibeliusJean18651957FinlandRomantic
131 SindingChristian18561941NorwayModern (Serious)
132 SmetanaBedrich18241884Czech RepublicRomantic
133 SmithJohn Stafford17501836EnglandTraditional
134 SousaJohn Philip18541932USAModern (Serious)
135 StamitzKarl17451801GermanyClassical
136 StanfordCharles Villiers18521924IrelandModern (Serious)
137 StevensonJohn17611833IrelandClassical
138 Strauss-Johann1Johann18041849AustriaRomantic
139 Strauss-Johann2Johann18251899AustriaRomantic
140 Strauss-RichardRichard18641949GermanyRomantic
141 StravinskyIgor18821971RussiaModern (Serious)
142 SullivanSir Arthur18421900EnglandRomantic
143 Suppé Franz von18191895CroatiaRomantic
144 TallisThomas15051585EnglandRenaissance
145 TarregaFrancisco18521909SpainRomantic
146 TchaikovskyPeter Ilyich18401893RussiaRomantic
147 TelemannGeorg16811767GermanyBaroque
148 VariousUnknown or Various03000Various CountriesTraditional
149 Vaughan-WilliamsRalph18721958EnglandModern (Serious)
150 VerdiGiuseppe18131901ItalyRomantic
151 Villa-LobosHeitor18871959BrazilModern (Serious)
152 VilloldoAngel18611919ArgentinaRomantic
153 VivaldiAntonio16781741ItalyBaroque
154 WagnerRichard18131883GermanyRomantic
155 WaldteufelEmil18481915FranceRomantic
156 WallaceWilliam18601940ScotlandModern (Serious)
157 WallisWallis18301880USATraditional
158 WeberCarl Maria von17861826GermanyRomantic
159 Wolf-FerrariErmanno18761948ItalyRomantic
160 YradierSebastian18091865SpainRomantic
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