25 of the Most Celebrated Composers in History

Have you ever wondered who the most celebrated composers in history are? If it weren’t for music, we would undoubtedly have a very dull existence. The way it affects emotion, moods, and conveys ideas makes it a powerful and intimate medium. We identify with the music. It helps us see things from a different angle. Through it, we naturally feel a connection with the composers who wrote it. Although we all have our personal tastes, there are some pieces and genres that transcend the rest. These are the musicians and composers behind those pieces. These are 25 of the most celebrated composers in history.

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Ludwig van Beethoven


Beethoven went deaf at the turn of the century. Apparently, he could not always hear what he played. After 1819 CE, all conversations with him had to be written down.


Antonio Vivaldi


Like Mozart, Vivaldi died in poverty, in an unmarked grave. Both composers were similar in how they achieved greatness in their composition and popularity, yet failed to secure financial greatness.


Aaron Copland

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Instrumental in forging a distinctly American style of composition, he was widely known as “the dean of American composers.”


Franz Joseph Haydn

joseph haydn Source: https://www.biography.com/people/franz-joseph-haydn-9332156

This Austrian composer played a large hand in crafting classical music during his time. He composed 106 symphonies and cast a long shadow for other composers to live under. One of his most famous pupils was, in fact, Beethoven.


Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

TchaikovskySource: https://www.notablebiographies.com/St-Tr/Tchaikovsky-Peter-Ilyich.html

A Russian composer from St. Petersburg, Tchaikovsky produced some very memorable pieces, including Swan Lake and Piano Concerto No. 1. Interesting fact: he hated writing The Nutcracker, undoubtedly his most famous work.

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