The great Classical composers

 

Chopin or Berlioz? Beethoven or Handel? It is difficult for inquiring minds to tackle such abundant fields as classical music and opera, covering 10 centuries of history: there are thousands of composers. Making a selection of musicians, such as a “top 10” for example, is a difficult and subjective exercise. A musical selection is often the expression of personal preferences or artistic opinions, very interesting but also very different according to critics or musicologists, or simply influenced by the context: will an English composer not be instinctively privileged by an English critic?

For example: in France, Charles Gounod, a 19th century French composer, is more easily mentioned than the Norwegian Edvard Grieg, who is more recognized in the world.

Timeline of classical music composers, between 1730 and 1820 (classical era)

Whoever wants to discover classical music or opera does not always have an experienced music lover, an expert or an educator at his or her side to support and guide him or her in these fields. So : Chopin (Polish composer and pianist) or Berlioz (French Romantic composer) ? Liszt (Hungarian romantic composer and virtuoso pianist) or Verdi (Italian opera composer (1813-1901)) ? However, the knowledge available about musicians is enormous. It was processed to select the 10, 25, 50... most popular composers around the world, for those living or having lived between 1730 and 1820 (classical era). And this objectively, and for the first time (soClassiQ exclusivity).

Composers rendered as a timeline to bring a little perspective:

ComposersConductorsLyrical singersPerformers2021

This timeline is interactive to navigate through the ages , or eras : medieval music, renaissance, baroque music (Bach...), classical period (Mozart...), romantic music (Beethoven...), XXth (Stravinsky), or across continents (with ).

Top 10 classical musiccomposers for the years 1730-1820

Who are these greatest composers, the most famous over the 1730-1820 era? The works of these musician have shaped the history of classical music and lyric art. There are those you probably know, or at least by name and the others.

Here are these 10 classical music composers, renowned artists from around the world:


Curious to know their most emblematic works? Just a click away to discover them.

The selections of musicians (classical music composers) proposed by soClassiQ are based exclusively on algorithms. The same applies to their works, the performers, the lyrical singers, les orchestras, the conductors and the venues : opera houses, concert halls or festivals.

What about the others? 25, 50 or more?

Summarizing to 10 musician names such a wide and diverse field may seem extreme or too simplistic for those who know classical music and lyrical art well, for those who can easily name 50 or more classical music composers. Donizetti, Gluck, Scarlatti, Bach, Wagner, Paganini, Bellini...

At this time, soClassiQ has listed more than 18000 composers. So here is a selection of some composers for the classical era, widely recognized around the world:

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Wilhelm Friedrich Ernst <strong>Bach</strong> Wilhelm Friedrich Ernst BachThe great Classical composers
1759-1845 (Classical)
Performer & Composer

Johann Christoph Friedrich <strong>Bach</strong> Johann Christoph Friedrich BachThe great Classical composers
1732-1795 (Classical)
Performer & Composer

Wilhelm Friedemann <strong>Bach</strong> Wilhelm Friedemann BachThe great Classical composers
1710-1784 (Classical)
Performer & Composer

Johann Christian <strong>Bach</strong> Johann Christian BachThe great Classical composers
1735-1782 (Classical)
Performer & Composer

Carl Philipp Emanuel <strong>Bach</strong> Carl Philipp Emanuel BachThe great Classical composers
1714-1788 (Classical)
Performer & Composer

Johann Sebastian <strong>Bach</strong> Johann Sebastian BachThe great Classical composers
1685-1750 (Baroque)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Michael William <strong>Balfe</strong> Michael William BalfeThe great Classical composers
1808-1870 (Romantic)
Conductor, Lyrical singer & Composer

Duchess Maria Antonia of <strong>Bavaria</strong> Duchess Maria Antonia of BavariaThe great Classical composers
1724-1780 (Classical)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Ludwig van <strong>Beethoven</strong> Ludwig van BeethovenThe great Classical composers
1770-1827 (Classical)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Vincenzo <strong>Bellini</strong> Vincenzo BelliniThe great Classical composers
1801-1835 (Romantic)
Composer

Jiří Antonín <strong>Benda</strong> Jiří Antonín BendaThe great Classical composers
1722-1795 (Classical)
Performer & Composer

Franz <strong>Benda</strong> Franz BendaThe great Classical composers
1709-1786 (Classical)
Performer & Composer

Hector <strong>Berlioz</strong> Hector BerliozThe great Classical composers
1803-1869 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Franz <strong>Berwald</strong> Franz BerwaldThe great Classical composers
1796-1868 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

Luigi <strong>Boccherini</strong> Luigi BoccheriniThe great Classical composers
1743-1805 (Classical)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Complete works

Georg <strong>Böhm</strong> Georg BöhmThe great Classical composers
1661-1733 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

François Adrien <strong>Boieldieu</strong> François Adrien BoieldieuThe great Classical composers
1775-1834 (Classical)
Conductor & Composer

Giovanni Battista <strong>Bononcini</strong> Giovanni Battista BononciniThe great Classical composers
1670-1747 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Dmytro <strong>Bortniansky</strong> Dmytro BortnianskyThe great Classical composers
1751-1825 (Classical)
Conductor & Composer

William <strong>Boyce</strong> William BoyceThe great Classical composers
1711-1779 (Classical)
Composer

Ole <strong>Bull</strong> Ole BullThe great Classical composers
1810-1880 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

Friedrich <strong>Burgmüller</strong> Friedrich BurgmüllerThe great Classical composers
1806-1874 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer


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Józef <strong>Elsner</strong> Józef ElsnerThe great Classical composers
1769-1854 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

Ferenc <strong>Erkel</strong> Ferenc ErkelThe great Classical composers
1810-1893 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Heinrich Wilhelm <strong>Ernst</strong> Heinrich Wilhelm ErnstThe great Classical composers
1814-1865 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer


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Johann Friedrich FaschThe great Classical composers
1688-1758 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

John <strong>Field</strong> John FieldThe great Classical composers
1782-1837 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

Johann Joseph <strong>Fux</strong> Johann Joseph FuxThe great Classical composers
1660-1741 (Baroque)
Conductor, Performer & Composer


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Jan KalivodaThe great Classical composers
1801-1866 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Friedrich <strong>Kalkbrenner</strong> Friedrich KalkbrennerThe great Classical composers
1784-1849 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

Reinhard <strong>Keiser</strong> Reinhard KeiserThe great Classical composers
1674-1739 (Baroque)
Composer

Johann <strong>Kirnberger</strong> Johann KirnbergerThe great Classical composers
1721-1783 (Classical)
Conductor & Composer

Rodolphe <strong>Kreutzer</strong> Rodolphe KreutzerThe great Classical composers
1766-1831 (Classical)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Conradin <strong>Kreutzer</strong> Conradin KreutzerThe great Classical composers
1780-1849 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Franz <strong>Krommer</strong> Franz KrommerThe great Classical composers
1759-1831 (Classical)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Friedrich <strong>Kuhlau</strong> Friedrich KuhlauThe great Classical composers
1786-1832 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer


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Franz <strong>Lachner</strong> Franz LachnerThe great Classical composers
1803-1890 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

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Joseph <strong>Lanner</strong> Joseph LannerThe great Classical composers
1801-1843 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Jean-Marie <strong>Leclair</strong> Jean-Marie LeclairThe great Classical composers
1697-1764 (Baroque)
Composer

<strong>Leo</strong>nardo <strong>Leo</strong> Leonardo LeoThe great Classical composers
1694-1744 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Vatroslav <strong>Lisinski</strong> Vatroslav LisinskiThe great Classical composers
1819-1854 (Romantic)
Composer

Claude Joseph Rouget de <strong>Lisle</strong> Claude Joseph Rouget de LisleThe great Classical composers
1760-1836 (Classical)
Composer

Franz <strong>Liszt</strong> Franz LisztThe great Classical composers
1811-1886 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Pietro <strong>Locatelli</strong> Pietro LocatelliThe great Classical composers
1695-1764 (Baroque)
Composer

Carl <strong>Loewe</strong> Carl LoeweThe great Classical composers
1796-1869 (Romantic)
Conductor, Lyrical singer & Composer

Albert <strong>Lortzing</strong> Albert LortzingThe great Classical composers
1801-1851 (Romantic)
Conductor, Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Antonio <strong>Lotti</strong> Antonio LottiThe great Classical composers
1667-1740 (Baroque)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Andrea <strong>Luchesi</strong> Andrea LuchesiThe great Classical composers
1741-1801 (Classical)
Conductor, Performer & Composer


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Louis <strong>Marchand</strong> Louis MarchandThe great Classical composers
1669-1732 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Heinrich <strong>Marschner</strong> Heinrich MarschnerThe great Classical composers
1795-1861 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

Giovanni Battista <strong>Martini</strong> Giovanni Battista MartiniThe great Classical composers
1706-1784 (Classical)
Performer & Composer

Johann <strong>Mattheson</strong> Johann MatthesonThe great Classical composers
1681-1764 (Baroque)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Simon <strong>Mayr</strong> Simon MayrThe great Classical composers
1763-1845 (Classical)
Composer

Étienne <strong>Méhul</strong> Étienne MéhulThe great Classical composers
1763-1817 (Classical)
Performer & Composer

Fanny <strong>Mendelssohn</strong> Fanny MendelssohnThe great Classical composers
1805-1847 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

Felix <strong>Mendelssohn</strong> Felix MendelssohnThe great Classical composers
1809-1847 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Saverio <strong>Mercadante</strong> Saverio MercadanteThe great Classical composers
1795-1870 (Romantic)
Composer

Giacomo <strong>Meyerbeer</strong> Giacomo MeyerbeerThe great Classical composers
1791-1864 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Johann Melchior MolterThe great Classical composers
1696-1765 (Baroque)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Jean-Joseph de <strong>Mondonville</strong> Jean-Joseph de MondonvilleThe great Classical composers
1711-1772 (Baroque)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Stanisław <strong>Moniuszko</strong> Stanisław MoniuszkoThe great Classical composers
1819-1872 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

Ignaz <strong>Moscheles</strong> Ignaz MoschelesThe great Classical composers
1794-1870 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Franz Xaver Wolfgang <strong>Mozart</strong> Franz Xaver Wolfgang MozartThe great Classical composers
1791-1844 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Anna <strong>Mozart</strong> Anna MozartThe great Classical composers
1751-1829 (Classical)
Performer & Composer

Leopold <strong>Mozart</strong> Leopold MozartThe great Classical composers
1719-1787 (Classical)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Wolfgang Amadeus <strong>Mozart</strong> Wolfgang Amadeus MozartThe great Classical composers
1756-1791 (Classical)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Josef <strong>Mysliveček</strong> Josef MyslivečekThe great Classical composers
1737-1781 (Classical)
Performer & Composer


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Pietro <strong>Nardini</strong> Pietro NardiniThe great Classical composers
1722-1793 (Classical)
Performer & Composer

Johann Gottlieb NaumannThe great Classical composers
1741-1801 (Classical)
Conductor & Composer

Christian Gottlob <strong>Neefe</strong> Christian Gottlob NeefeThe great Classical composers
1748-1798 (Classical)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Otto <strong>Nicolai</strong> Otto NicolaiThe great Classical composers
1810-1849 (Romantic)
Conductor, Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer


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Turlough <strong>O'Carolan</strong> Turlough O'CarolanThe great Classical composers
1670-1738 (Baroque)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Jacques <strong>Offenbach</strong> Jacques OffenbachThe great Classical composers
1819-1880 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

George <strong>Onslow</strong> George OnslowThe great Classical composers
1784-1853 (Romantic)
Composer


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Johann Joachim <strong>Quantz</strong> Johann Joachim QuantzThe great Classical composers
1697-1773 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer


S

Antonio <strong>Sacchini</strong> Antonio SacchiniThe great Classical composers
1730-1786 (Classical)
Composer

Antonio <strong>Salieri</strong> Antonio SalieriThe great Classical composers
1750-1825 (Classical)
Conductor & Composer

Giovanni Battista <strong>Sammartini</strong> Giovanni Battista SammartiniThe great Classical composers
1700-1775 (Baroque)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Giuseppe <strong>Sarti</strong> Giuseppe SartiThe great Classical composers
1729-1802 (Classical)
Composer

Domenico <strong>Scarlatti</strong> Domenico ScarlattiThe great Classical composers
1685-1757 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Complete works

Johann SchobertThe great Classical composers
1720-1767 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Franz <strong>Schubert</strong> Franz SchubertThe great Classical composers
1797-1828 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Clara <strong>Schumann</strong> Clara SchumannThe great Classical composers
1819-1896 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

Robert <strong>Schumann</strong> Robert SchumannThe great Classical composers
1810-1856 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Ignaz SchuppanzighThe great Classical composers
1776-1830 (Classical)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Friedrich <strong>Silcher</strong> Friedrich SilcherThe great Classical composers
1789-1860 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

Fernando <strong>Sor</strong> Fernando SorThe great Classical composers
1778-1839 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

Louis <strong>Spohr</strong> Louis SpohrThe great Classical composers
1784-1859 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Gaspare <strong>Spontini</strong> Gaspare SpontiniThe great Classical composers
1774-1851 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

Johann <strong>Stamitz</strong> Johann StamitzThe great Classical composers
1717-1757 (Baroque)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Carl <strong>Stamitz</strong> Carl StamitzThe great Classical composers
1745-1801 (Classical)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Jean-François Le <strong>Sueur</strong> Jean-François Le SueurThe great Classical composers
1760-1837 (Classical)
Composer

Franz von <strong>Suppè</strong> Franz von SuppèThe great Classical composers
1819-1895 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

Franz Xaver <strong>Süssmayr</strong> Franz Xaver SüssmayrThe great Classical composers
1766-1803 (Classical)
Conductor & Composer

Maria Agata <strong>Szymanowska</strong> Maria Agata SzymanowskaThe great Classical composers
1789-1831 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer


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Jan Dismas <strong>Zelenka</strong> Jan Dismas ZelenkaThe great Classical composers
1679-1745 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Carl Friedrich <strong>Zelter</strong> Carl Friedrich ZelterThe great Classical composers
1758-1832 (Classical)
Conductor, Performer & Composer


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Wojciech ŻywnyThe great Classical composers
1757-1842 (Classical)
Performer & Composer

Some composers to be celebrated very soon

Next month, more than 40 important artists and musicians will be honoured. In November 2020 some of them may celebrate a special anniversary. For others, amateurs and enthusiasts will celebrate the bicentenary of their birth or the fiftieth anniversary of their death for example. Among them, some famous composers:

on 8, César Franck (1822-1890), 130th anniversary (Death),
on 12, Henryk Gorecki (1933-2010), 10th anniversary (Death),
on 14, Aaron Copland (1900-1990), 120th anniversary (Birth),
on 18, Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941), 160th anniversary (Birth),
on 22, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710-1784), 310th anniversary (Birth),
...

There are others to discover. And it is not too late to focus on the October 2020 celebrations (30+).

Always good opportunities to discover or deepen, (re)listen, explore the vastness and diversity of classical music...

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Commemorations 2020, 2021, ...

Last update : 2020-10-01

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