Greatest Composers Ever!

  1. Johann Sebastian Bach. Germany. 31 March 1685 – 28 July 1750. Baroque.
  2. Notable works: Mass in B Minor, Violin Double Concerto, Goldberg Variations.
  3. Ludwig Van Beethoven. Germany. 17 December 1770 – 26 March 1827. Classical/Romantic.
  4. Notable works: 9th Symphony, Sonata Quasi Una Fantasia, An die ferne Geliebte.
  5. Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky. Russia. May 7, 1840 – November 6, 1893. Romantic.
  6. Notable works: 6th Symphony, Piano Concerto 1, Six Romances for Voice and Piano.
  7. Charles Mingus. USA. April 22, 1922 – January 5, 1979. Jazz.
  8. Notable works: Black Saint & Sinner Lady, Mingus Ah Um.
  9. Giuseppe Verdi. Italy. 10 October 1813 – 27 January 1901. Romantic Operas.
  10. Notable works: Requiem, Macbeth, La Traviata, Otello.
  11. Henry Purcell. England. 10 September 1659 – 21 November 1695. Early Baroque/Late Renaissance.
  12. Notable works: Dido & Aeneas, King Arthur, Anthems, Queen Mary Funeral March.
  13. Richard Wagner. Germany. 22 May 1813 – 13 February 1883. Romantic Opera.
  14. Notable works: Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung.
  15. Robert Wyatt. England. 28 January 1945 - Today. Canterbury-Prog-Rock.
  16. Notable works: Third, Matching Mole, Rock Bottom.
  17. Pérotin. France. Floruit circa 1200. Notre Dame School/ars antiqua.
  18. Notable works: Alleluia Nativitas, Beata Viscera, Viderunt Omnes.
  19. John Fahey. USA. February 28, 1939 – February 22, 2001. Folk/Minimalism/"Americana Raga".
  20. Notable works: Fare Forward Voyagers, America.
  21. Johannes Brahms. Germany. 7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897. Romantic.
  22. Notable works: 3rd Symphony, 4th Symphony.
  23. John Coltrane. USA. September 23, 1926 – July 17, 1967. Jazz.
  24. Notable works: A Love Supreme, Giant Steps, Ascension.
  25. Cole Porter. USA. 9 June 1891 – 15 October 1964. Jazz, showtunes.
  26. Notable works: Anything Goes, Jubilee, The Gay Divorce, DuBarry Was A Lady.
  27. John Dowland. England. 1563 – buried 20 February 1626. Early Classical songs.
  28. Notable works: The First and Second Bookes of Songes or Ayres, Semper Dolens Semper Dowland.
  29. Hildegard Von Bingen. Germany. 1098 – 17 September 1179. Plainsong.
  30. Notable works: O Ierusalem, Ordo Virtutum.
  31. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Austria. (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791. Classical.
  32. Notable works: Don Giovanni, Symphony 40, Horn Quintet.
  33. George Gershwin. USA. 26 September 1898 – 11 July 1937. Jazz, showtunes.
  34. Notable works: Rhapsody In Blue, Porgy & Bess, A Damsel In Distress.
  35. Syd Barrett. England. 6 January 1946 – 7 July 2006. Psychedelia.
  36. Notable works: Madcap Laughs, Barrett, Piper At The Gates Of Dawn.
  37. Jim Steinman. USA. November 1, 1947 - Today. Pop.
  38. Notable works: Original Sin, Bat Out Of Hell, Total Eclipse Of The Heart.
  39. Klaus Schulze. Germany. 4 August 1947 - Today. Ambient/Electronic.
  40. Notable works: Irrlicht, Cyborg.
  41. Carla Bley. USA. May 11, 1936 - Today. Jazz/Avant-garde.
  42. Notable works: Escalator Over The Hill.
  43. Meredith Monk. USA. November 20, 1942 - Today. Minimalism.
  44. Notable works: Dolmen Music, Songs From The Hill, Tablet.
  45. Kevin Shields. Ireland. May 21, 1963 - Today. Shoegaze.
  46. Notable works: You Made Me Realise, Loveless.
  47. Captain Beefheart. USA. January 15, 1941 - Today. Blues-Rock/Art-Rock.
  48. Notable works: Trout Mask Replica, Safe As Milk.
  49. Bernart De Ventadorn. France. 1140 – 1200. Troubadour.
  50. Notable works: La dousa votz, Can l'erba fresch' e.lh folha par, Be m'an perdut.
Author Comments: 


Zappa? Foetus? Varese? Reich? Ives? Stravinsky? ...........

I haven't listened to enough of any of these people.

fair enough

I'm sorry. :'c

This might seem a little out there but... Mozart?

I haven't listened to enough of his stuff. I mean... I like the Horn Quintet and the 40th Symphony but.... BUT... There's other stuff-- namely all his other symphonies and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik come to mind-- that I'm not fond of at all.
But I need to listen to his operas and more of the piano concertos and such before I decide one way or the other.

The first two are objectively unamovable. Suggestions: Richard Strauss, Richard Wagner, Orlando Gibbons, William Byrd, Arnold Schoenberg

All of them are people I love but I want to listen to much much more of in order to put them on this list!

For Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet and (they say me) 1812: Ouverture are on the same level of his Symhonies.

Have you tried making music yourself?

Actually, yes.
When I was in the last couple years of highschool and the first year of university, I made a whole lot of terrible conceptual folk music. But I had the raddest one-man-band name: The Circumstances.

Recently, though, I haven't written anything-- I am minorly in a community-theatre opera-company though, singing bass. Just small roles and chorus, though.

I adapted some random poetry into dialogues a month or two back and a friend kind of encouraged me to attempt to actually make teeny-tiny-operas out of them-- They'd be kind of "naive" though, I'm not all that versed with music theory, so it would likely be a lot of monody with really dopey harmonics.