Best Classical Music of All Time – By Composer

I have taken my “Best Classical Music of All Time” meta-list and organized it by composer, in chronological order by date of birth.  For each composer, I have included every piece of music on three or more of the original 15+ source lists, organized in chronological order.  For each composer, I have provided birth and death dates, and country of birth (using the country of today, not the name of the country at the time of the composer’s birth).

Please note that these are not my personal opinions; this is a meta-list that is the result of combining multiple lists made by other people.  I have included the number of original source lists that each work is on.

Hildegard of Bingen (Germany, 1098-1179)
O Jerusalem aurea civitatis (c. 1140-1175) (on 4 lists)
O Euchari in leta via (c. 1140-1175) (on 4 lists)
O ignis spiritus Paraclitus (c. 1140-1175) (on 4 lists)
O presul vere civitatis (c. 1140-1175) (on 4 lists)
O viridissima virga (c. 1140-1175) (on 3 lists)
O vis aeternatis (c. 1140-1175) (on 3 lists)
O quam mirabilis (c. 1140-1175) (on 3 lists)
Caritas Habundat in Omnia (c. 1140-1175) (on 3 lists)
O frondens virga (c. 1140-1175) (on 3 lists)
Ordo Virtutum (c. 1151) (on 4 lists)

Perotin (France, c. 1155-c. 1200)
Viderunt Omnes (c. 1185-1205) (on 3 lists)

Guillaume de Machaut (France, c. 1300-1377)
Messe de Notre-Dame (c. 1365) (on 4 lists)

Guillaume Dufay (Belgium, c. 1397-1474)
Nuper rosarum flores (1436) (on 3 lists)
Missa “Se la face ay pale” (c. 1452-1458) (on 4 lists)
Messe L’homme arme (c. 1460) (on 3 lists)

Josquin des Prez (France, c. 1450-1521)
Missa Pange Lingua (c. 1515) (on 7 lists)

Thomas Tallis (UK, c. 1505-1585)
The Lamentations of Jeremiah (c. 1560s) (on 4 lists)
Spem in Alium (c. 1570) (on 4 lists)

Jacob Arcadelt (Belgium, c. 1507-1568)
Madrigals (between 1539 and 1551) (on 3 lists)

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (Italy, c. 1525-1594)
Missa Papae Marcelli (Pope Marcellus Mass) (c. 1562) (on 6 lists)

Orlande de Lassus (Belgium, 1532-1594)
Madrigals (between 1550 and 1594) (on 3 lists)
Motets (between 1550 and 1594) (on 3 lists)

William Byrd (UK, c. 1539-1623)
Mass in 3 parts (1592-1595) (on 3 lists)
Mass in 4 parts (1592-1595) (on 3 lists)
Mass in 5 parts (1592-1595) (on 3 lists)

Giovanni Gabrieli (Italy, c. 1554-1612) 
Canzoni for Brass Choirs (c. 1597-1612) (on 4 lists)

John Dowland (UK, 1563-1626)
Works for Lute (between 1597 and 1612) (on 4 lists)

Carlo Gesualdo (Italy, 1566-1613)
Madrigals (between 1594 and 1611) (on 4 lists)

Claudio Monteverdi (Italy, 1567-1643)
L’Orfeo (1607) (on 4 lists)
Vespro della Beata Vergine (1610) (on 7 lists)
Madrigals, Book VIII – Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi (Madrigals of Love and War) (1638) (on 4 lists)
L’incoronazione di Poppea (1642) (on 4 lists)

Gregorio Allegri (Italy, c. 1582-1652)
Miserere (c. 1630s) (on 4 lists)

Girolamo Frescobaldi (Italy, 1583-1643)
Toccatas and Partitas, First Book: Toccata No. 3 (1615) (on 3 lists)

Dietrich Buxtehude (Denmark, 1637-1707)
Organ Works (between 1668 and 1707) (on 4 lists)

Johann Pachelbel (Germany, 1653-1706)
Canon in D (c. 1680-1706) (on 5 lists)

Arcangelo Corelli (Italy, 1653-1713)
12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1 (1681) (on 3 lists)
12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 2 (1685) (on 3 lists)
12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 3 (1689) (on 3 lists)
12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 4 (1694) (on 3 lists)
12 Concerti Grossi, Op. 6 (1714) (on 4 lists)

Henry Purcell (UK, 1659-1695)
Dido and Aeneas (1689) (on 6 lists)
Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day/Hail! Bright Cecilia (1692) (on 4 lists)
Funeral Music for Queen Mary (1695) (on 3 lists)

Tomaso Albinoni (Italy, 1671-1751)
12 Concertos for Oboe and Strings, Op. 7 (1715) (on 3 lists)

Alessandro Marcello (Italy, 1673-1747)
Concerto for Oboe and Strings in D. minor, Op. 1 (1725) (on 3 lists)

Antonio Vivaldi (Italy, 1678-1741)
Violin Concertos, Op. 8, Nos. 1-4 “The Four Seasons” (1725) (on 13 lists)

Georg Philipp Telemann (Germany, 1681-1767)
Tafelmusik (Musique de Table) (1733) (on 5 lists)

Jean-Joseph Mouret (France, 1682-1738)
Fanfare-Rondeau, from Suite of Symphonies No. 1 (1729) (on 3 lists)

Jean-Philippe Rameau (France, 1683-1764)
Les Indes galantes (1735) (on 3 lists)
Castor et Pollux (1737) (on 3 lists)

Johann Sebastian Bach (Germany, 1685-1750)
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 (1707?) (attribution in question) (on 7 lists)
Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello (c. 1717-1723) (on 11 lists)
Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041 (c. 1717-1723) (on 3 lists)
Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin (1720) (on 8 lists)
Six Brandenburg Concertos (1721) (on 14 lists)
The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I (1722) (on 7 lists)
Cantata 147 “Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben” (1723) (on 5 lists)
Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV 1042 (c. 1723) (on 4 lists)
Magnificat, BWV 243 (1723) (on 3 lists)
Orchestral Suites, BWV 1066-1069 (between 1725 and 1739) (on 8 lists)
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (1727) (on 9 lists)
Cantata No. 140 “Wachet Auf, Ruft Uns Die Stimme” (1731) (on 6 lists)
Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor (Double Concerto), BWV 1043 (1731) (on 5 lists)
Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052 (1734) (on 3 lists)
Harpsichord Concerto No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056 (1738) (on 3 lists)
Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue), BWV 1080 (c. 1740s) (on 4 lists)
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (1741) (on 12 lists)
The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II (1742) (on 7 lists)
Mass in B minor (1749) (on 12 lists)

Domenico Scarlatti (Italy, 1685-1757)
Harpsichord sonatas (between 1719 and 1757) (on 7 lists)

George Frideric Handel (Germany, 1685-1759)
The Water Music (1717) (on 11 lists)
Keyboard Suite in D minor (1720) (on 3 lists)
Keyboard Suite No. 5 in E major “The Harmonious Blacksmith” (1720) (on 3 lists)
Coronation Anthem No. 1 “Zadok the Priest” (1727) (on 4 lists)
12 Concerti Grossi, Op. 6 (1739) (on 4 lists)
Messiah (1741) (on 15 lists)
Solomon (1748) (on 3 lists)
The Royal Fireworks Music (1749) (on 9 lists)

Francesco Geminiani (Italy, 1687-1762)
Concerti Grossi, Op. 3 (1733) (on 3 lists)

Giuseppe Tartini (Italy, 1692-1770)
Violin Concerto in D minor (c. 1720-1760) (on 3 lists)

Giovanni Pergolesi (Italy, 1710-1736)
La Serva Padrona (1733) (on 3 lists)
Stabat Mater (1736) (on 7 lists)

William Boyce (UK, 1711-1779)
Symphony No. 5 in D major (1739) (on 3 lists)

Christoph Wilibald Gluck (Germany, 1714-1787)
Orfeo ed Euridice (1762) (on 4 lists)

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (Germany, 1714-1788)
Piano Sonata in B minor (c. 1742-1787) (on 3 lists)

Joseph Haydn (Austria, 1732-1809)
Cello Concerto No. 1 (1765) (on 3 lists)
Cello Concerto No. 2 (1783) (on 3 lists)
Symphony No. 88 in G major (1787) (on 4 lists)
Symphony No. 93 in D major (1791) (on 4 lists)
Symphony No. 94 in G major “Surprise” (1791) (on 9 lists)
Symphony No. 95 in C minor (1791) (on 5 lists)
Symphony No. 96 in D major (1791) (on 6 lists)
Symphony No. 97 in C major (1792) (on 4 lists)
Symphony No. 98 in Bb major (1792) (on 5 lists)
Symphony No. 99 in Eb major (1793) (on 4 lists)
Symphony No. 100 in G major “Military” (1793 or 1794) (on 7 lists)
Symphony No. 101 in D major (1793 or 1794) (on 7 lists)
Symphony No. 102 in Bb major (1794) (on 5 lists)
Symphony No. 103 in Eb major “Drum Roll” (1795) (on 7 lists)
Symphony No. 104 in D major “London” (1795) (on 9 lists)
Piano Trio No. 39 in G major “Gypsy” (1795) (on 3 lists)
Trumpet Concerto in Eb major (1796) (on 7 lists)
String Quartet, Op. 76, No. 1 (1796 or 1797) (on 6 lists)
String Quartet, Op. 76, No. 2 “Fifths” (1796 or 1797) (on 7 lists)
String Quartet, Op. 76, No. 3 “Emperor” (1796 or 1797) (on 9 lists)
String Quartet, Op. 76, No. 4 (1796 or 1797) (on 6 lists)
String Quartet, Op. 76, No. 5 (1796 or 1797) (on 6 lists)
String Quartet, Op. 76, No. 6 (1796 or 1797) (on 6 lists)
Die Schöpfung (The Creation) (1798) (on 6 lists)
Missa in Angustiis (Lord Nelson Mass) (1798) (on 3 lists)
String Quartet No. 66 in G major, Op. 77, No. 1 (1799) (on 3 lists)

Luigi Boccherini (Italy, 1743-1805)
Cello Concerto No. 9 in Bb major (c. 1767-1773) (on 3 lists)
String Quintets in E, Op. 11, Nos. 1-6 (1775) (on 3 lists)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Austria, 1756-1791)
Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201 (1774) (on 3 lists)
Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216 (1775) (on 3 lists)
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219 “The Turkish” (1775) (on 4 lists)
Piano Concerto No. 9 in Eb major, K. 271 (1777) (on 4 lists)
Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K. 311 (1778) (on 3 lists)
Sinfonia Concertante in Eb major, K. 364 (1779) (on 6 lists)
Serenade #10 in Bb major “Gran Partita”, K. 361 (1781) (on 3 lists)
Symphony No. 35 in D major, K. 385 “Haffner” (1782) (on 6 lists)
Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K. 331/300i (1783) (on 5 lists)
Symphony No. 36 in C major, K. 425 “Linz” (1783) (on 4 lists)
Symphony No. 37 in G major, K. 444 (1783) (with Michael Haydn) (on 3 lists)
Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K. 453 (1784) (on 3 lists)
Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466 (1785) (on 10 lists)
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major (1785) (on 10 lists)
String Quartet No. 19 in C major, K. 465 “Dissonance” (1785) (on 4 lists)
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492 (1786) (on 9 lists)
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488 (1786) (on 8 lists)
Symphony No. 38 in D major, K. 504 “Prague” (1786) (on 7 lists)
Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K 491 (1786) (on 6 lists)
Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K. 503 (1786) (on 3 lists)
Serenade No. 13 in G major, K. 525 “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”(1787) (on 10 lists)
Don Giovanni, K. 527 (1787) (on 8 lists)
String Quintet No. 3 in C major, K. 515 (1787) (on 3 lists)
String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K. 516 (1787) (on 5 lists)
Symphony No. 39 in Eb major, K. 543 (1788) (on 7 lists)
Symphony No. 40 in G minor (1788) (on 11 lists)
Symphony No. 41 in C major “Jupiter”, K. 551 (1788) (on 12 lists)
Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581 “Stadler” (1789) (on 5 lists)
Così fan tutte (1790) (on 4 lists)
Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622 (1791) (on 10 lists)
Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620 (1791) (on 9 lists)
Piano Concerto No. 27 in Bb major, K. 595 (1791) (on 4 lists)
Requiem (1792) (on 13 lists)

Ludwig van Beethoven (Germany, 1770-1827)
Piano Concerto No. 2 in Bb major, Op. 19 (1795) (on 5 lists)
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15 (1797) (on 4 lists)
Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 “Pathetique” (1798) (on 7 lists)
Violin Sonata No. 1 in D major, Op. 12 (1798) (on 3 lists)
Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 12 (1798) (on 3 lists)
Violin Sonata No. 3 in Eb major, Op. 12 (1798) (on 3 lists)
String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18/4 (1799) (on 4 lists)
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 (1800) (on 7 lists)
Symphony No. 1 in C major (1800) (on 4 lists)
String Quartet No. 6 in Bb major, Op. 18/6 (1800) (on 4 lists)
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C# minor “Moonlight” (1801) (on 11 lists)
Violin Sonata No. 4 in A minor, Op. 23 (1801) (on 3 lists)
Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24 “Spring” (1801) (on 6 lists)
Symphony No. 2 in D major (1802) (on 4 lists)
Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 “Kreutzer” (1803) (on 5 lists)
Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C major (Triple Concerto), Op. 56 (1803) (on 5 lists)
Violin Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 30 (1803) (on 3 lists)
Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30 (1803) (on 3 lists)
Violin Sonata No. 8 in G major, Op. 30 (1803) (on 3 lists)
Symphony No. 3 in Eb major “Eroica” (1804) (on 10 lists)
Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major “Waldstein” (1804) (on 6 lists)
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 “Appassionata” (1805) (on 7 lists)
Fidelio (1805; revised 1806 and 1814) (on 5 lists)
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 (1806) (on 10 lists)
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58 (1806) (on 9 lists)
String Quartet No. 7 in F major, Op. 59 “Razumovsky”: (1806) (on 6 lists)
String Quartet No. 8 in E minor, Op. 59 “Razumovsky”: (1806) (on 6 lists)
String Quartet No. 9 in C major, Op. 59 “Razumovsky”:  (1806) (on 6 lists)
Symphony No. 4 in Bb major (1806) (on 5 lists)
Symphony No. 5 in C minor (1808) (on 14 lists)
Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 “Pastoral” (1808) (on 9 lists)
Cello Sonata No. 3 in A, Op. 69 (1808) (on 4 lists)
String Quartet No. 10 in Eb major, Op. 74 “Harp” (1809) (on 5 lists)
Piano Concerto No. 5 in Eb major, Op. 73 “Emperor” (1810) (on 9 lists)
String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95, “Serioso” (1810) (on 5 lists)
Piano Sonata No. 26 in Eb major, Op. 81a “Les Adieux” (1810) (on 4 lists)
Egmont Overture, Op. 84 (1810) (on 4 lists)
Bagatelle in A minor “Für Elise” (c. 1810) (on 3 lists)
Piano Trio No. 7 in Bb major, Op. 97 “Archduke” (1811) (on 6 lists)
Symphony No. 7 in A major (1812) (on 11 lists)
Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93 (1812) (on 6 lists)
Violin Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 96 (1812) (on 4 lists)
Piano Sonata No. 29 in Bb major, Op. 106 “Hammerklavier” (1819) (on 7 lists)
Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109 (1820) (on 4 lists)
Piano Sonata No. 31 in Ab major, Op. 110 (1821) (on 4 lists)
Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111 (1822) (on 6 lists)
Missa Solemnis, Op. 123 (1823) (on 7 lists)
Diabelli Variations, Op. 120 (1823) (on 3 lists)
Symphony No. 9 in D minor “Choral” (1824) (on 14 lists)
String Quartet No. 12 in Eb major, Op. 127 (1824) (on 4 lists)
String Quartet No. 13 in Bb major, Op. 130 (1825) (on 7 lists)
String Quartet No. 14 in C# minor, Op. 131 (1826) (on 11 lists)
String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132 (1825) (on 6 lists)
Grosse Fugue, Op. 133 (1826) (on 7 lists)
String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135 (1826) (on 4 lists)

Niccolò Paganini (Italy, 1782-1840)
24 Caprices for Solo Violin, Op. 1 (1817) (on 5 lists)
Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 6 (1818) (on 4 lists)

Carl Maria von Weber (Germany, 1786-1826)
Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor, Op. 73 (1811) (on 3 lists)
Invitation to the Dance, Op. 65 (1819, orchestration by Hector Berlioz, 1841) (on 3 lists)
Der Freischutz Overture (1821) (on 3 lists)
Oberon Overture (1826) (on 3 lists)

Giacomo Meyerbeer (Germany, 1791-1864)
Les Huguenots (1836) (on 4 lists)

Gioachino Rossini (Italy, 1792-1868)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (1816) (on 10 lists)
William Tell Overture (1829) (on 7 lists)

Franz Schubert (Austria, 1797-1828)
Symphony No. 5 in Bb major, D. 485 (1816) (on 4 lists)
Piano Quintet in A major “The Trout” (1819) (on 9 lists)
Symphony No. 8 in B minor “Unfinished” (1822) (on 11 lists)
Fantasy in C major, D. 760 “Wanderer” (1822) (on 4 lists)
Die Schöne Müllerin, D. 795 (1823) (on 5 lists)
String Quartet No. 13 in A minor “Rosamunde”, Op. 29 (1824) (on 3 lists)
String Quartet No. 14 in D minor “Death and the Maiden” (1824) (on 6 lists)
Ellens Gesang III, D. 839, Op. 52, No. 6 (1825) (on 4 lists)
Piano Sonata No. 21 in G major “Fantasie”, D. 894 (1826) (on 3 lists)
Winterreise (1827) (on 7 lists)
4 Impromptus for Piano, D. 899 (1827) (on 3 lists)
4 Impromptus for Piano, D. 935 (1827) (on 3 lists)
String Quintet in C major, D 956 (1828) (on 9 lists)
Symphony No. 9 in C major “The Great” (1828) (on 7 lists)
Piano Sonata in A major, D. 959 (1828) (on 4 lists)
Piano Sonata in Bb major, D. 960 (1828) (on 10 lists)
Piano Trio No. 1 in Bb major, D. 898 (1828) (on 4 lists)
Schwanengesang, D. 957 (1828) (on 3 lists)

Gaetano Donizetti (Italy, 1797-1848)
Lucia di Lammermoor (1835) (on 4 lists)
Don Pasquale (1843) (on 4 lists)

Vincenzo Bellini (Italy, 1801-1835)
Norma (1831) (on 4 lists)

Hector Berlioz (France, 1803-1869)
Symphonie Fantastique (1829) (on 12 lists)
Harold en Italie (Harold in Italy), Op. 16 (1834) (on 4 lists)
Grande Messe des Morts (Requiem), Op. 5 (1837) (on 6 lists)
Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17 (1839) (on 3 lists)
Les nuits d’été, Op. 7 (1841) (on 3 lists)
Le corsaire Overture, Op. 21 (1844) (on 3 lists)
La damnation de Faust, Op. 24 (1846) (on 3 lists)
Les Troyens, Op. 29 (1858) (on 3 lists)

Johann Strauss I (Austria, 1804-1849)
Radetzky March, Op. 228 (1848) (on 4 lists)

Mikhail Glinka (Russia, 1804-1857)
Russlan and Ludmilla (1842) (on 3 lists)

Felix Mendelssohn (Germany, 1809-1847)
Octet for Strings in Eb major, Op. 20 (1825) (on 8 lists)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Overture, Op. 21 (1826) (on 10 lists)
String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13 (1827) (on 4 lists)
Songs without Words, Book 1 (1830) (on 3 lists)
Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25 (1831) (on 4 lists)
Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 “Italian” (1833) (on 9 lists)
Songs without Words, Book 2 (1834) (on 3 lists)
Songs without Words, Book 3 (1837) (on 3 lists)
Songs without Words, Book 4 (1841) (on 3 lists)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Incidental Music, Op. 61 (1842) (on 10 lists)
Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 “Scottish” (1842) (on 4 lists)
Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 (1844) (on 8 lists)
Songs without Words, Book 5 (1844) (on 3 lists)
Songs without Words, Book 6 (1845) (on 3 lists)
Songs without Words, Book 7 (1845) (on 3 lists)
Songs without Words, Book 8 (1845) (on 3 lists)

Frédéric Chopin (Poland, 1810-1849)
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 (1830) (on 6 lists)
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21 (1830) (on 4 lists)
Etudes, Op. 10 (1832) (on 8 lists)
Nocturnes, Op. 15 (1832) (on 6 lists)
Fantaisie-Impromptu in C# minor, Op. posth. 66 (1834) (on 4 lists)
Nocturnes, Op. 27 (1835) (on 6 lists)
Ballade No. 1 in G minor (1836) (on 6 lists)
4 Mazurkas, Op. 33 (1838) (on 3 lists)
24 Preludes, Op. 28 (1839) (on 8 lists)
Piano Sonata No. 2 in Bb minor, Op. 35 (1839) (on 7 lists)
Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38 (1839) (on 4 lists)
Ballade No. 3 in Ab major, Op. 47 (1841) (on 4 lists)
Polonaise No. 6 in Ab major, Op. 53 “Heroic” (1842) (on 6 lists)
Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52 (1842, revised 1843) (on 4 lists)
Impromptu No. 3 in Gb major, Op. 51 (1842) (on 3 lists)
Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58 (1844) (on 7 lists)
Waltz in D-flat major, Op. 64, No. 1 (1847) (on 4 lists)

Robert Schumann (Germany, 1810-1856)
Symphonic Studies (Études symphoniques), Op. 13 (1834) (on 3 lists)
Carnaval, Op. 9 (1835) (on 7 lists)
Fantasy in C major, Op. 17 (1836, revised 1839) (on 4 lists)
Kreisleriana, Op. 16 (1838) (on 4 lists)
Kinderscenen (Scenes from Childhood), Op. 15 (1838) (on 3 lists)
Dichterliebe, Op. 48 (1840) (on 5 lists)
Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120 (1841, revised, 1851) (on 3 lists)
Piano Quintet in Eb major, Op. 44 (1842) (on 6 lists)
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 (1845) (on 9 lists)
Symphony No. 3 in Eb major, Op. 97 “Rhenish” (1850) (on 4 lists)
Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129 (1850) (on 3 lists)

Franz Liszt (Hungary, 1811-1886)
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 (1847) (on 5 lists)
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 3 (1847) (on 3 lists)
Les Préludes (Symphonic Poem No. 3) (c. 1848-1854) (on 5 lists)
Piano Concerto No. 1 in Eb major (1849) (on 4 lists)
Transcendental Études (1852) (on 3 lists)
Piano Sonata in B minor (1853) (on 8 lists)

Richard Wagner (Germany, 1813-1883)
Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman) (1843) (on 4 lists)
Tannhäuser (1845) (on 7 lists)
Lohengrin (1850) (on 7 lists)
Der Ring des Nibelungen – 1. Das Rheingold (1854) (on 11 lists)
Der Ring des Nibelungen – 2. Die Walküre (1856) (on 11 lists)
Tristan und Isolde (1859) (on 7 lists)
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (1868) (on 6 lists)
Siegfried Idyll (1869) (on 3 lists)
Der Ring des Nibelungen – 3. Siegfried (1871) (on 11 lists)
Der Ring des Nibelungen – 4. Götterdämmerung (1874) (on 11 lists)
Parsifal (1882) (on 5 lists)

Giuseppe Verdi (Italy, 1813-1901)
Rigoletto (1851) (on 8 lists)
Il Trovatore (1853) (on 8 lists)
La Traviata (1853) (on 8 lists)
Don Carlos (1867) (on 6 lists)
Aida (1871) (on 7 lists)
Messa da Requiem (1874) (on 12 lists)
Otello (1887) (on 5 lists)
Falstaff (1893) (on 6 lists)

Charles Gounod (France, 1818-1893)
Faust (1859) (on 5 lists)

Jacques Offenbach (Germany, 1819-1880)
Orphée aux enfers (Orpheus in the Underworld) (1858) (on 4 lists)
Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann) (1880) (on 4 lists)

Franz von Suppé (Austria, 1819-1895)
Light Cavalry Overture (1866) (on 4 lists)

César Franck (Belgium, 1822-1890)
Violin Sonata in A major (1886) (on 7 lists)
Symphony in D minor (1888) (on 4 lists)

Bedřich Smetana (Czech Republic, 1824-1884)
The Bartered Bride (1866) (on 5 lists)
Má Vlast: 1. Vyšehrad (1874) (on 8 lists)
Má Vlast: 2. Die Moldau (1874) (on 8 lists)
Má Vlast: 3. Šárka (1875) (on 8 lists)
Má Vlast: 4. Z českých luhů a hájů (1875) (on 8 lists)
String Quartet No. 1 in E minor “From My Life” (1876) (on 3 lists)
Má Vlast: 5. Tábor (1878) (on 8 lists)
Má Vlast: 6. Blaník (1879) (on 8 lists)

Anton Bruckner (Austria, 1824-1896)
Symphony No. 3 in D minor (1873, revised 1877 and 1891) (on 4 lists)
Symphony No. 4 in Eb major (1874; revised through 1888) (on 7 lists)
Symphony No. 5 in Bb major (1876) (on 4 lists)
Symphony No. 6 in A major (1881) (on 4 lists)
Symphony No. 7 in E major (1883, revised 1885) (on 9 lists)
Symphony No. 8 in C minor (version 1: 1887; version 2: 1890) (on 7 lists)
Symphony No. 9 in D minor (1896) (on 7 lists)

Johann Strauss II (Austria, 1825-1899)
Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka (1858) (on 3 lists)
An der schönen blauen Donau, Op. 314 (The Blue Danube) (1866) (on 8 lists)
Die Fledermaus (1874) (on 5 lists)

Alexander Borodin (Russia, 1833-1887)
Symphony No. 2 in B minor (1876) (on 4 lists)
String Quartet No. 2 in D major “Nocturne” (1881) (on 5 lists)
Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor (1890) (on 5 lists)

Johannes Brahms (Germany, 1833-1897)
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15 (1858) (on 5 lists)
Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 (1864) (on 6 lists)
Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38 (1865) (on 4 lists)
Ein Deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), Op. 45 (1868) (on 9 lists)
Wiegenlied “Lullaby”, Op. 49, No. 4 (1868) (on 3 lists)
Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53 (1870) (on 3 lists)
Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a (1873) (on 3 lists)
Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68 (1876) (on 8 lists)
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73 (1877) (on 8 lists)
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77 (1878) (on 9 lists)
Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78 (1879) (on 4 lists)
Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80 (1880) (on 4 lists)
Tragic Overture, Op. 81 (1880) (on 3 lists)
Piano Concerto No. 2 in Bb major, Op. 83 (1881) (on 7 lists)
String Quintet No. 1 in G major (1882) (on 4 lists)
String Quintet in F major, Op. 88 (1882) (on 3 lists)
Symphony No. 3 in F major (1883) (on 10 lists)
Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 (1885) (on 9 lists)
Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 99 (1886) (on 4 lists)
Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100 (1886) (on 4 lists)
Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108 (1887) (on 4 lists)
Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115 (1891) (on 8 lists)
Seven Fantasias for Piano, Op. 116 (1892) (on 4 lists)
Three Intermezzi for Piano, Op. 117 (1892) (on 4 lists)
Six Pieces for Piano, Op. 118 (1893) (on 3 lists)
Four Pieces for Piano, Op. 119 (1893) (on 3 lists)

Amilcare Ponchielli (Italy, 1834-1886)
La Gioconda (1876) (on 6 lists)

Camille Saint-Saëns (France, 1835-1921)
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor, Op. 28 (1863) (on 3 lists)
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22 (1868) (on 3 lists)
Danse macabre, Op. 40 (1874) (on 4 lists)
Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 “Organ” (1886) (on 9 lists)
Carnival of the Animals (1886) (on 9 lists)

Léo Delibes (France, 1836-1891)
Coppélia (1870) (on 3 lists)
Lakmé (1882) (on 5 lists)

Émile Waldteufel (France, 1837-1915)
The Skater’s Waltz, Op. 183 (1882) (on 3 lists)

Georges Bizet (France, 1838-1875)
L’Arlésienne Suite No. 1 (1872) (on 3 lists)
Carmen (1874) (on 10 lists)
L’Arlésienne Suite No. 2 (1879) (arr. by Ernest Guiraud) (on 4 lists)

Max Bruch (Germany, 1838-1920)
Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 (1866, revised 1867) (on 8 lists)
Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46 (1880) (on 4 lists)

Modest Mussorgsky (Russia, 1839-1881)
Night on Bald Mountain (1867; orchestration by Rimsky-Korsakov, 1886) (on 9 lists)
Boris Godunov (1873) (on 5 lists)
Pictures at an Exhibition (1874; orchestration by Ravel, 1922) (on 9 lists)

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Russia, 1840-1893)
Romeo and Juliet (1st version: 1870; 2nd version: 1872; 3rd version: 1880) (on 6 lists)
Piano Concerto No. 1 in Bb minor, Op. 23 (1875; revised 1879 and 1888) (on 10 lists)
Swan Lake (1876) (on 10 lists)
Marche Slave, Op. 31 (1876) (on 3 lists)
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 (1878) (on 9 lists)
Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36 (1878) (on 8 lists)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (1879) (on 6 lists)
1812 Overture, Op. 49 (1880) (on 6 lists)
Capriccio Italien, Op. 45 (1880) (on 4 lists)
Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50 (1882) (on 3 lists)
Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64 (1888) (on 10 lists)
The Sleeping Beauty (1889) (on 6 lists)
The Nutcracker (1892) (on 12 lists)
Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 “Pathetique” (1893) (on 14 lists)

Emmanuel Chabrier (France, 1841-1894)
España, rhapsody for orchestra (1883) (on 3 lists)

Antonín Dvořák (Czech Republic, 1841-1904)
Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22 (1875) (on 3 lists)
Slavonic Dances, Op. 46 (1878) (on 5 lists)
Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70 (1885) (on 4 lists)
Slavonic Dances, Series II, Op. 72 (1886) (on 3 lists)
Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major, Op. 81 (1887) (on 3 lists)
Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88 (1889) (on 7 lists)
Carnival Overture, Op. 92 (1891) (on 4 lists)
Symphony No. 9 in E minor “From the New World” (1893) (on 13 lists)
String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 “American” (1893) (on 5 lists)
Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 (1895) (on 9 lists)

Jules Massenet (France, 1842-1912)
Manon (1884) (on 3 lists)

Edvard Grieg (Norway, 1843-1907)
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 (1868) (on 11 lists)
Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46 (1888) (on 12 lists)
Peer Gynt Suite No. 2, Op. 55 (1891) (on 11 lists)

Pablo de Sarasate (Spain, 1844-1908)
Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs), Op. 20 (1878) (on 3 lists)

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (Russia, 1844-1908)
Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34 (1887) (on 3 lists)
Scheherazade, Op. 35 (1888) (on 10 lists)

Gabriel Fauré (France, 1845-1924)
Requiem (1890) (on 8 lists)
Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80 (1898) (on 3 lists)

Leoš Janáček (Czech Republic, 1854-1928)
Jenůfa (1902) (on 3 lists)
String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata” (1923) (on 4 lists)
Sinfonietta (1926) (on 6 lists)
Glagolitic Mass (1926) (on 5 lists)
String Quartet No. 2 “Intimate Letters” (1928) (on 5 lists)

Ruggiero Leoncavallo (Italy, 1857-1919)
I Pagliacci (1892) (on 4 lists)

Edward Elgar (UK, 1857-1934)
Variations on an Original Theme For Orchestra, Op. 36 “Enigma Variations” (1899) (on 7 lists)
Sea Pictures, Op. 37 (1899) (on 3 lists)
Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D major, Op. 39 (1901) (on 6 lists)
Pomp and Circumstance March No. 2 in A minor, Op. 39 (1901) (on 6 lists)
Pomp and Circumstance March No. 3 in C minor, Op. 39 (1904) (on 6 lists)
Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4 in G major, Op. 39 (1907) (on 6 lists)
Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61 (1910) (on 3 lists)
Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85 (1919) (on 8 lists)
Pomp and Circumstance March No. 5 in C major, Op. 39 (1930) (on 6 lists)

Giacomo Puccini (Italy, 1858-1924)
La bohème (1896) (on 7 lists)
Tosca (1900) (on 6 lists)
Madama Butterfly (1904) (on 7 lists)
Turandot (1926) (on 7 lists)

Hugo Wolf (Slovenia, 1860-1903)
Lieder (between 1888 and 1897) (on 5 lists)

Isaac Albéniz (Spain, 1860-1909)
Suite Española No. 1, Op. 47 (1889) (on 3 lists)
Iberia (1909) (on 4 lists)

Gustav Mahler (Czech Republic, 1860-1911)
Symphony No. 1 in D major (1888) (on 6 lists)
Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection” (1894) (on 7 lists)
Symphony No. 3 (1896) (on 5 lists)
Symphony No. 4 (1901) (on 6 lists)
Symphony No. 5 in C# minor (1902) (on 9 lists)
Symphony No. 6 in A minor (1904) (on 4 lists)
Symphony No. 7 (1905) (on 4 lists)
Symphony No. 8 in Eb major (1907) (on 4 lists)
Das Lied von der Erde (1909) (on 7 lists)
Symphony No. 9 in D major (1910) (on 9 lists)

Claude Debussy (France, 1862-1918)
Suite bergamasque (1890, revised 1905) (on 5 lists)
String Quartet (1893) (on 7 lists)
Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune (1894) (on 9 lists)
Nocturnes (1899) (on 7 lists)
Pelléas et Mélisande (1902) (on 5 lists)
La Mer (1905) (on 9 lists)
Images, Set 1 (1905) (on 3 lists)
Images, Set 2 (1907) (on 3 lists)
Children’s Corner (1908) (on 3 lists)
Préludes, Book 1 (1910) (on 7 lists)
Préludes, Book 2 (1913) (on 6 lists)

Frederick Delius (UK, 1862-1934)
Brigg Fair (1908) (on 4 lists)
On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring (1912) (on 3 lists)

Pietro Mascagni (Italy, 1863-1945)
Cavalleria Rusticana (1890) (on 7 lists)

Richard Strauss (Germany, 1864-1949)
Don Juan, Op. 20 (1888) (on 6 lists)
Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration), Op. 24 (1889) (on 3 lists)
Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Op. 28 (1895) (on 9 lists)
Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 (1896) (on 11 lists)
Don Quixote (1897) (on 3 lists)
Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 (1898) (on 6 lists)
Salome (1905) (on 4 lists)
Electra (1909) (on 4 lists)
Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59 (1911) (on 6 lists)
Four Last Songs (1948) (on 4 lists)

Carl Nielsen (Denmark, 1865-1931)
Symphony No. 4 “The Inextinguishable”, Op. 29 (1916) (on 3 lists)

Paul Dukas (France, 1865-1935)
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (1897) (on 5 lists)

Jean Sibelius (Finland, 1865-1957)
Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39 (1898) (on 4 lists)
Finlandia, Op. 26 (1899, revised 1900) (on 7 lists)
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43 (1902) (on 7 lists)
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 (1904) (on 7 lists)
Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63 (1911) (on 4 lists)
Symphony No. 5 in Eb major, Op. 82 (1915, revised 1916 and 1919) (on 5 lists)
Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 105 (1924) (on 4 lists)

Ferruccio Busoni (Italy, 1866-1924)
Piano Concerto in C major, Op. 39 (1904) (on 3 lists)

Erik Satie (France, 1866-1925)
Trois Gymnopédies (1888) (on 3 lists)
Six Gnossiennes (1897) (on 3 lists)

Albert Roussel (France, 1869-1937)
Symphony No. 3 in G minor, Op. 42 (1930) (on 3 lists)

Franz Lehár (Slovakia, 1870-1948)
Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) (1905) (on 4 lists)

Alexander Scriabin (Russia, 1872-1915)
Piano Sonata No. 5, Op. 53 (1907) (on 3 lists)
Piano Sonata No. 7, Op. 64 “White Mass” (1911) (on 4 lists)
Piano Sonata No. 9, Op. 68 “Black Mass” (1913) (on 4 lists)
Piano Sonata No. 10, Op. 70 (1913) (on 4 lists)

Ralph Vaughan Williams (UK, 1872-1958)
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (1910; revised 1913 and 1919) (on 7 lists)
A London Symphony (Symphony No. 2 in G major) (1913; reconstructed 1915; revised 1918, 1919-1920 and 1933) (on 4 lists)
The Lark Ascending (for piano, 1914; for orchestra, 1920) (on 3 lists)
Fantasia on ‘Greensleeves’ (1934) (on 5 lists)
Symphony No. 4 in F minor (1935) (on 3 lists)

Sergei Rachmaninoff (Russia, 1873-1943)
Prelude in C# minor, Op. 3, No. 2 (1892) (on 5 lists)
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 (1901) (on 9 lists)
Ten Preludes, Op. 23 (1903) (on 5 lists)
Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27 (1907) (on 4 lists)
Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30 (1909) (on 7 lists)
Thirteen Preludes, Op. 32 (1910) (on 5 lists)
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40 (1926) (on 3 lists)
Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 43 (1934) (on 9 lists)

Gustav Holst (UK, 1874-1934)
The Planets, Op. 32 (1916) (on 9 lists)

Arnold Schoenberg (Austria, 1874-1951)
Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4 (1899) (on 9 lists)
Chamber Symphony No. 1 in E major, Op. 9 (1906) (on 3 lists)
Gurrelieder (1910) (on 3 lists)
Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21 (1912) (on 5 lists)

Charles Ives (US, 1874-1954)
Symphony No. 3: The Camp Meeting (1904, revised 1911) (on 3 lists)
Three Places in New England (1914, revised through 1929) (on 7 lists)
Piano Sonata No. 2 “Concord” (1915) (on 3 lists)

Maurice Ravel (France, 1875-1937)
Pavane pour une infante défunte (1899) (on 4 lists)
String Quartet in F major (1903) (on 6 lists)
Rapsodie Espagnole (1908) (on 5 lists)
Gaspard de la Nuit (1908) (on 4 lists)
Ma mère l’Oye (piano version 1910; ballet 1912) (on 4 lists)
Daphnis et Chloé (1912) (on 7 lists)
Valses nobles et sentimentales, Op. 51 (1912) (on 3 lists)
Alborada del gracioso (1918) (on 3 lists)
Le Tombeau de Couperin, Op. 68a (1919) (on 3 lists)
La Valse for Orchestra (1920) (on 4 lists)
Boléro (1928) (on 9 lists)
Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand) (1930) (on 5 lists)
Piano Concerto in G major (1931) (on 6 lists)

Manuel de Falla (Spain, 1876-1946)
Nights in the Gardens of Spain (1915) (on 4 lists)
El Amor Brujo (1915; revised 1916 and 1925) (on 4 lists)
El sombrero de tres picos (The Three-Cornered Hat) (1919) (on 5 lists)

Ottorino Respighi (Italy, 1879-1936)
Fountains of Rome (1916) (on 5 lists)
Pines of Rome (1924) (on 6 lists)

Ernest Bloch (Switzerland, 1880-1959)
Schelomo: Rhapsodie Hébraïque for Violoncello and Orchestra (1916) (on 3 lists)

Béla Bartók (Hungary, 1881-1945)
String Quartet No. 1 (1909) (on 6 lists)
String Quartet No. 2 (1917) (on 6 lists)
String Quartet No. 3 (1927) (on 7 lists)
String Quartet No. 4 (1927) (on 10 lists)
String Quartet No. 5 (1934) (on 7 lists)
Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta (1936) (on 6 lists)
Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor (1938) (on 6 lists)
String Quartet No. 6 (1939) (on 6 lists)
Concerto for Orchestra (1943) (on 9 lists)
Piano Concerto No. 3 in E major (1945) (on 4 lists)

Karol Szymanowski (Poland, 1882-1937)
Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35 (1916) (on 3 lists)

Zoltán Kodály (Hungary, 1882-1967)
Háry János Suite (1927) (on 4 lists)
Variations on a Hungarian folk song “Peacock Variations” (1939) (on 3 lists)

Igor Stravinsky (Russia, 1882-1971)
The Firebird (1910) (on 8 lists)
Petrushka (1911; revised 1947) (on 8 lists)
Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) (1913) (on 13 lists)
Suite from Histoire du soldat (1919) (on 3 lists)
Pulcinella (1920) (on 3 lists)
Symphony of Psalms (1930, revised 1948) (on 4 lists)
Symphony in C (1940) (on 4 lists)
Symphony in Three Movements (1945) (on 3 lists)

Anton Webern (Austria, 1883-1945)
Symphony for Chamber Ensemble, Op. 21 (1928) (on 3 lists)
String Quartet (1938) (on 4 lists)

Edgard Varèse (France, 1883-1965)
Ionisation (1931) (on 3 lists)

Alban Berg (Austria, 1885-1935)
Wozzeck (1922) (on 6 lists)
Lyric Suite for String Quartet (1926) (on 5 lists)
Violin Concerto (1935) (on 6 lists)

Heitor Villa-Lobos (Brazil, 1887-1959)
Bachianas Brasileiras #5 (1945) (on 4 lists)
Guitar Concerto (1951) (on 3 lists)

Bohuslav Martinů (Czech Republic, 1890-1959)
Symphony No. 6 “Fantaisies symphoniques” (1953) (on 3 lists)

Sergei Prokofiev (Russia, 1891-1953)
Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 “Classical” (1917) (on 6 lists)
Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19 (1917) (on 4 lists)
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26 (1921) (on 7 lists)
Lieutenant Kije Suite, Op. 60 (1933) (on 4 lists)
Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 (1935; revised 1940) (on 8 lists)
Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63 (1935) (on 3 lists)
Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67 (1936) (on 9 lists)
Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78 (1939) (on 3 lists)
Piano Sonata No. 7 in Bb major, Op. 83 “Stalingrad” (1942) (on 5 lists)
Symphony No. 5 in Bb major, Op. 100 (1944) (on 5 lists)
Piano Sonata No. 8 in Bb major, Op. 84 (1944) (on 3 lists)

Arthur Honegger (Switzerland/France, 1892-1955)
Symphony No. 5 in D “Di tre re” (1950) (on 3 lists)

Darius Milhaud (France, 1892-1974)
La Création du Monde, Op. 81a (1923) (on 4 lists)

Paul Hindemith (Germany, 1895-1963)
Mathis der Maler Symphony (1934) (on 5 lists)

Carl Orff (Germany, 1895-1982)
Carmina Burana (1936) (on 9 lists)

Roger Sessions (US, 1896-1985)
Symphony No. 7 (1967) (on 3 lists)

George Gershwin (US, 1898-1937)
Rhapsody in Blue (1924) (on 12 lists)
Piano Concerto in F major (1925) (on 4 lists)
An American in Paris (1928) (on 7 lists)
Porgy and Bess (1935) (on 4 lists)

Francis Poulenc (France, 1899-1963)
Songs (between 1930 and 1949) (on 3 lists)

Kurt Weill (Germany, 1900-1950)
Die Dreigroschenoper (The Threepenny Opera) (1928) (on 4 lists)

Aaron Copland (US, 1900-1990)
El Salón México (1936) (on 3 lists)
Fanfare for the Common Man (1942) (on 7 lists)
Rodeo (1942) (on 6 lists)
Appalachian Spring (1944) (on 9 lists)
Symphony No. 3 (1946) (on 4 lists)

Joaquín Rodrigo (Spain, 1901-1999)
Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar and Orchestra (1939) (on 6 lists)

William Walton (UK, 1902-1983)
Belshazzar’s Feast (1931) (on 5 lists)
Symphony No. 1 in Bb minor (1935) (on 4 lists)

Maurice Duruflé (France, 1902-1986)
Requiem, Op. 9 (1947) (on 3 lists)

Aram Khachaturian (Georgia, 1903-1978)
Gayane (1942) (on 6 lists)

Dmitry Kabalevsky (Russia, 1904-1987)
The Comedians, Op. 26 (1940) (on 3 lists)

Karl Hartmann (German, 1905-1963)
Concerto Funebre (1939, revised 1959) (on 3 lists)

Michael Tippett (UK, 1905-1998)
A Child of Our Time (1941) (on 4 lists)

Dmitri Shostakovich (Russia, 1906-1975)
Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10 (1925) (on 4 lists)
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 35 (1933) (on 3 lists)
Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47 (1937) (on 8 lists)
Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Op. 65 (1943) (on 5 lists)
Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 77 (1948) (on 3 lists)
Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93 (1953) (on 5 lists)
Cello Concerto No. 1 in Eb major, Op. 107 (1959) (on 3 lists)
String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110 (1960) (on 6 lists)
Symphony No. 14, Op. 135 (1969) (on 3 lists)

Oliver Messiaen (France, 1908-1992)
Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time) (1941) (on 4 lists)
Vingt Regards sur l’enfant-Jésus (1944) (on 3 lists)
Turangalîla-Symphonie (1948, revised 1990) (on 4 lists)

Elliott Carter (US, 1908-2012)
String Quartet No. 1 (1951) (on 3 lists)
String Quartet No. 2 (1959) (on 3 lists)
String Quartet No. 3 (1971) (on 3 lists)
String Quartet No. 4 (1986) (on 3 lists)

Samuel Barber (US, 1910-1981)
Adagio for Strings (1936) (on 9 lists)

Remo Giazotto (Italy, 1910-1998)
Adagio in G minor for Strings and Organ (1958) (attrib. to Tomaso Albinoni) (on 6 lists)

Alan Hovhaness (US, 1911-2000)
Symphony No. 2 “Mysterious Mountain” (1955) (on 3 lists)

John Cage (US, 1912-1992)
Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano (1948) (on 4 lists)

Benjamin Britten (UK, 1913-1976)
Peter Grimes (1945) (on 5 lists)
The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34 (1946) (on 5 lists)
War Requiem, Op. 66 (1962) (on 7 lists)

Witold Lutosławski (Poland, 1913-1994)
Concerto for Orchestra (1954) (on 3 lists)
Symphony No. 3 (1983) (on 3 lists)

Milton Babbitt (US, 1916-2011)
Three Compositions for Piano (1947) (on 3 lists)

Leonard Bernstein (US, 1918-1990)
West Side Story (1957) (on 5 lists)

György Ligeti (Hungary, 1923-2006)
Atmosphères (1961) (on 5 lists)
Etudes for Piano, Book 1 (1985) (on 3 lists)
Etudes for Piano, Book 2 (1994) (on 3 lists)

Luciano Berio (Italy, 1925-2003)
Sinfonia (1969) (on 3 lists)

Pierre Boulez (France, 1925-2016)
Piano Sonata No. 2 (1948) (on 3 lists)
Rituel in Memoriam Bruno Maderna (1975) (on 4 lists)

Karlheinz Stockhausen (Germany, 1928-2007)
Stimmung (1968) (on 3 lists)
Mantra (1970) (on 3 lists)

George Crumb (US, 1929- )
Ancient Voices of Children (1970) (on 4 lists)
Makrokosmos (1979) (on 3 lists)

Toru Takemitsu (Japan, 1930-1996)
November Steps (1967) (on 3 lists)

Henryk Górecki (Poland, 1933-2010)
Symphony No. 3, Op. 36 (1976) (on 3 lists)

Terry Riley (US, 1935- )
In C (1964) (on 3 lists)

Arvo Pärt (Estonia, 1935- )
Tabula Rasa (1977) (on 4 lists)
Fratres (1977) (on 3 lists)

Steve Reich (US, 1936- )
Music for 18 Musicians (1976) (on 3 lists)

Philip Glass (US, 1937- )
Einstein on the Beach (1976) (on 3 lists)

11 thoughts on “Best Classical Music of All Time – By Composer

  1. Maurizio Masotti

    Thank you for the list, a very useful guide to discover the jungle of the modern composers.

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  2. libros19blog

    I think that Korngold and Kreisler are better known that some of the American composers included in your list, but I understand the nationalistic need to include our own.

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    1. beckchris

      I’m sure you’re correct, libros. As you know, these lists are not based on my personal opinions but are collections of lists made by critics, scholars and other experts. I access the Internet in the US and can only use lists that are written in English or can be translated to English, so I’m sure there is a bias. I’m sorry that Korngold and Kreisler were not mentioned on enough of the lists I found to be included.

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  3. bblionthief89

    Love this so much! I’ve always been looking for a concise list of the best classical music and the lists I have found are either too short or omit critical classical compositions. Thanks for your work in creating this list!

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  4. Bas

    Thanks a lot for your list. since i am very new to classical music this helps me a lot !

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