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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 BilkAcker19292014EnglandPopular Modern
20 BingeRonald19101979EnglandPopular Modern
21 BizetGeorges18381875FranceRomantic
22 BoccheriniLuigi17431805ItalyClassical
23 BorodinAlexander18341887RussiaRomantic
24 BrahmsJohannes18331897GermanyRomantic
25 BruchMax18381920GermanyRomantic
26 BrucknerAnton18241896AustriaRomantic
27 BusoniFerrucio18661924GermanyRomantic
28 ByrdWilliam15431623EnglandRenaissance
29 CanteloubeJoseph18791957FranceRomantic
30 ChabrierAlexis Emmanuel18411894FranceImpressionist
31 ChaminadeCecile18571944FranceRomantic
32 CherubiniLuigi17601842ItalyClassical
33 ChopinFrederick18101849PolandRomantic
34 ClarkeJeremy16741707EnglandBaroque
35 ClementiMuzio17521832ItalyClassical
36 CoatesEric18861957EnglandModern (Serious)
37 CoplandAaron19001990USAModern (Serious)
38 CorelliArcangelo16531713ItalyBaroque
39 DalayracNicolas17531809FranceClassical
40 DandrieuJean Francois16821738FranceBaroque
41 DebussyClaude18621918FranceImpressionist
42 De-FallaManuel18761946SpainImpressionist
43 DelibesLeo18361891FranceImpressionist
44 DeliusFrederick18621934EnglandImpressionist
45 De-SéveracDéodat18721921FranceImpressionist
46 DibdinCharles17451814EnglandRomantic
47 DonizettiGaetano17971848ItalyRomantic
48 DukasPaul18651935FranceImpressionist
49 DurandAuguste18301909FranceRomantic
50 DvořákAntonin18411904Czech RepublicRomantic
51 ElgarEdward18571934EnglandRomantic
52 EllingtonDuke18991974USAPopular Modern
53 FauréGabriel18451924FranceRomantic
54 FibichZdenko18501900Czech RepublicRomantic
55 FieldJohn17821837IrelandRomantic
56 FosterStephen18261864USATraditional
57 FranckCesar Auguste18221890BelgiumRomantic
58 FranzRobert18151892GermanyRomantic
59 FučikJulius18721916Czech RepublicRomantic
60 GadeNiels18171890DenmarkRomantic
61 GauntlettH.J.18051876EnglandRomantic
62 GermanEdward18621936EnglandRomantic
63 GershwinGeorge18981937USAPopular Modern
64 GliereReinhold18751956RussiaRomantic
65 GlinkaMikhail18041857RussiaRomantic
66 GluckChristoph17141787GermanyBaroque
67 GomersallVictor19443000EnglandModern (Serious)
68 GossecFrançois17341829FranceClassical
69 GounodCharles Francois18181893FranceRomantic
70 GraingerPercy18821961AustraliaModern (Serious)
71 GranadosEnrique18671916SpainRomantic
72 GriegEdvard Hagerup18431907NorwayRomantic
73 HandelGeorge Frederick16851759GermanyBaroque
74 HaydnFranz Josef17321809AustriaClassical
75 HillAlfred18691960AustraliaRomantic
76 HolstGustav Theodore18741934EnglandModern (Serious)
77 HummelJohann17781837SlovakiaClassical
78 IppolitovIvanovMikhael18591935RussiaRomantic
79 IrelandJohn18791962EnglandImpressionist
80 JoplinScott18691917USAModern (Serious)
81 Josquin-des-PrezJosquin14401521BelgiumRenaissance
82 KernJerome18851945USAPopular Modern
83 KetèlbeyAlbert18751959EnglandRomantic
84 KhachaturianAram19031978RussiaModern (Serious)
85 KreislerFritz18751962AustriaRomantic
86 LassenEduard18301908BelgiumRomantic
87 LassusOrlande15321594BelgiumRenaissance
88 LavalléeCalixa18421891CanadaRomantic
89 LehárFranz18701948HungaryRomantic
90 LisleRouget de17601836FranceClassical
91 LisztFranz18111886HungaryRomantic
92 Lloyd-WebberAndrew19483000EnglandPopular Modern
93 LoeweFrederick19011988GermanyPopular Modern
94 MahlerGustav18601911Czech RepublicRomantic
95 MariniBiagio15871663ItalyBaroque
96 MartiniJohann17411816GermanyClassical
97 MascagniPietro18631945ItalyRomantic
98 MassenetJules18421912FranceRomantic
99 McCartneyPaul19423000EnglandPopular Modern
100 McDowellEdward18601908USARomantic
101 MendelssohnFelix18091847GermanyRomantic
102 MeyerbeerGiacomo17911864GermanyClassical
103 MorleyThomas15571602EnglandRenaissance
104 MoszkowskiMoritz18541925PolandRomantic
105 MozartWolfgang Amadeus17561791AustriaClassical
106 MussorgskyModest Petrovitch18391881RussiaRomantic
107 NicolaiOtto18101849GermanyRomantic
108 OffenbachJacques18191880GermanyRomantic
109 PachelbelJohann16531706GermanyBaroque
110 PaderewskiIgnacy Jan18601941PolandRomantic
111 PalestrinaGiovanni15251594ItalyRenaissance
112 ParadiesPietro Domenico17071791ItalyBaroque
113 ParryCharles18481918EnglandRomantic
114 PierpontJames18221893USARomantic
115 PonchielliAmilcare18341886ItalyRomantic
116 PoulencFrancis18991963FranceModern (Serious)
117 ProkofievSergei18911953RussiaModern (Serious)
118 PucciniGiacomo18581924ItalyModern (Serious)
119 PurcellHenry16591695EnglandBaroque
120 RachmaninovSergei18731943RussiaRomantic
121 RameauJean Philippe16831764FranceBaroque
122 RavelMaurice Joseph18751937FranceModern (Serious)
123 RespighiOtorino18791936ItalyImpressionist
124 Rimsky-KorsakovNikolai Andreyevich18441908RussiaRomantic
125 RodgersRichard19021979USAPopular Modern
126 RodrigoJoaquin19011999SpainModern (Serious)
127 RossiniGioacchino Antonio17921868ItalyRomantic
128 RubensteinAnton18291894RussiaRomantic
129 Saint-SaensCamille18351921FranceRomantic
130 SatieErik18661925FranceModern (Serious)
131 ScarlattiDomenico16851757ItalyBaroque
132 SchubertFranz Peter17971828AustriaRomantic
133 SchumannRobert18101856GermanyRomantic
134 ScriabinAlexander18721915RussiaModern (Serious)
135 ShostakovichDmitri19061975RussiaModern (Serious)
136 SibeliusJean18651957FinlandRomantic
137 SindingChristian18561941NorwayModern (Serious)
138 SmetanaBedrich18241884Czech RepublicRomantic
139 SmithJohn Stafford17501836EnglandTraditional
140 SousaJohn Philip18541932USAModern (Serious)
141 StamitzKarl17451801GermanyClassical
142 StanfordCharles Villiers18521924IrelandModern (Serious)
143 StevensonJohn17611833IrelandClassical
144 Strauss-Johann1Johann18041849AustriaRomantic
145 Strauss-Johann2Johann18251899AustriaRomantic
146 Strauss-RichardRichard18641949GermanyRomantic
147 StravinskyIgor18821971RussiaModern (Serious)
148 SullivanSir Arthur18421900EnglandRomantic
149 Suppé Franz von18191895CroatiaRomantic
150 TallisThomas15051585EnglandRenaissance
151 TarregaFrancisco18521909SpainRomantic
152 TchaikovskyPeter Ilyich18401893RussiaRomantic
153 TelemannGeorg16811767GermanyBaroque
154 VariousUnknown or Various03000Various CountriesTraditional
155 Vaughan-WilliamsRalph18721958EnglandModern (Serious)
156 VerdiGiuseppe18131901ItalyRomantic
157 Villa-LobosHeitor18871959BrazilModern (Serious)
158 VilloldoAngel18611919ArgentinaRomantic
159 VivaldiAntonio16781741ItalyBaroque
160 WagnerRichard18131883GermanyRomantic
161 WaldteufelEmil18481915FranceRomantic
162 WallaceWilliam18601940ScotlandModern (Serious)
163 WallisWallis18301880USATraditional
164 WeberCarl Maria von17861826GermanyRomantic
165 WeinbergerJaromir18961967Czech RepublicModern (Serious)
166 Wolf-FerrariErmanno18761948ItalyRomantic
167 YradierSebastian18091865SpainRomantic
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