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Top 10 Classical Composers

Here are some of my favorites composers in Classical Music. I have given a description of why I considered their rank or why I like them as composers. Please share and suggest. P.S. Use the newest tab to read this list, or read it from the bottom up.
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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach

J. S. Bach was the father of classical music. He was the inspiration to many of the great classical and romantic composers. On the other hand, music by Bach seems simple and unappealing to me.

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Edvard Hagerup Grieg

Edvard Hagerup Grieg

Edvard Grieg was one of the few composers of Norway. His thrilling and exciting (only) concerto is a wonder, along with his many lyric pieces. He also wrote the national anthem for his homeland, Norway.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Mozart was ranked right along with J S Bach. He learned the piano at a young age and composed too. His most famous works are probably his Piano Concerto No. 21, Requiem, and Piano Sonata K. 331.

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Robert Schumann

Robert Schumann

Robert Schumann is considered the best composer of the romantic era. He also intended on being a concert pianist, but had terrible hand injury. His most known works are probably Carnaval, Piano Concerto No. 1, and Traumerei.

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Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi

Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi

Giuseppe Verdi is on here because he is heavily considered as the best romantic opera composer to live. I am not much of a fan for opera music, but you have to give it up to this guy.

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig Beethoven is thought to be the first composer of the romantic era of music. He brought a new style of music that changed classical music. His most famous works are probably Symphony No. 5, Symphony No. 9, and Moonlight Sonata.

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Achille-Claude Debussy

Achille-Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy is considered by some to have been the best impressionist composer of all time. His romanticism really shows in his music. His most famous piano piece is probably Clair de Lune from Suite Bergamasque.

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Franz Ritter von Liszt

Franz Ritter von Liszt

Franz Liszt was a piano prodigy and virtuoso growing up and toured throughout Europe by age 12. He composed very many well-known songs today such as his astonishing Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 and Liebestraum No. 3.

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Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninov

Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninov

Sergei Rachmaninov was probably the best composer in Russian history next to Pyotr Tchaikovsky. He brought many famous and beautiful melodies and changed the future of music. His most famous works are probably Piano Concerto No. 2, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, and Prelude Op. 3 No. 2.

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Frederic Francois Chopin

Frederic Francois Chopin

It was a very hard decision to decide whether to put Chopin or Rachmaninov first, but I came to a conclusion with Frederic Chopin. Frederic Chopin is my all time favorite composer in history. He wrote has breath-taking "poems" and was very dynamic. I think my favorite work by him is his Ballade Op. 23 No. 1. His most famous works are probably what I said previous, Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2, Polonaise Op. 53, and Fantaisie-Impromptu.

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi
Antonio Lucio Vivaldi ( Italian: [anˈtɔːnjo ˈluːtʃo viˈvaldi]; 4 March 1678 - 28 July 1741), nicknamed il Prete Rosso ("The Red Priest") because of his red hair, was an Italian Baroque composer, Catholic priest, and virtuoso violinist, born in Venice. Recognized as one of the greatest Baroque composers, his influence during his lifetime was widespread over Europe.