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