Top 10 Greatest Classical Composers Ever: A survey was conducted with more or less 115 respondents on whom they think are the greatest classical composers. Listed here at what people think as the top 10 greatest classical composers ever. Some results didn’t come as a surprise, actually.
10. Gustav Mahler, 1860-1911
An Austrian composer and one of the most popular conductors of his time, his songs were considered to flow naturally into symphonic movements. One of his most popular works was Adagietto from Symphony No. 5.
9. Giuseppe Verdi, 1813-1901
One of his most famous compositions is Aida. He was an Italian Romantic composer most famous for his opera works.
8. Franz Schubert, 1779-1828
One of his most recognizable compositions was Impromptu in E Flat Major. He was an Austrian composer who died at age 32 who was famous for his Unfinished Symphony.
7. Georg Friedrich Handel, 1685-1759
He was a popular German-born British Baroque composer who wrote the beautiful Water Music Suite 2. He was known for his organ concertos, operas, anthems, and oratorios.
6. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, 1840-1893
1812 Overture is one of the most renowned works of this Russian-born composer. He was known for his chamber music, symphonies, ballets, and operas.
5. Antonio Vivaldi, 1678-1741
Who wouldn’t recognize this lovely tune, Four Seasons from this Italian composer of the Baroque era? He was a Catholic priest and popular virtuoso violinist and was known also for his red hair.
4. Frederic Chopin, 1810-1849
Known for Nocturne, Chopin was born in Poland. He is recognized as the greatest Romantic piano composers ever!
3. Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770-1827
Who doesn’t know Symphony No. 5 by Beethoven? He was a German-born composer and he was also a very popular and skillful pianist. He figured prominently in the transition during the Western art music between the classical and romantic eras.
2. Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685-1750
He was a popular German composer, violinist, organist, and harpsichordist during the Baroque era. Famous works include Mass in B minor and the Brandenburg Concertos.
1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1756-1791
Topping the list is one of the most prolific composers of the Classical period. The Requiem and Marriage of Figaro were two of his popular works.