Of course, it is not an easy job ranking five of the best classical musicians of all time given that there were so many great classical composers to choose from. This list is not exhaustive as there are other noteworthy composers that couldn’t be included in this list. With that in mind, here are our greatest classical musicians of all time.
Johann Sebastian Bach
Bach’s mechanical, emotional, and intellectual works during the Baroque period shaped the music world after him. He perfected and advanced the established styles of music through his expertise in counterpoint, motivic organization, and harmonies. His adaption of rhythms, polyphony, and textures are just wonderful. His works comprise the Goldberg Variations, the Brandenburg Concertos, two Passions, the Mass in B minor, and over three hundred choral works, compositions for organ, and several other compositions for various instruments.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Beethoven is one of the best composers of all time. He played a crucial role in the transitioning from the Classical period to Romanticism in music with his works far ahead of composers of the Romantic era. Of all composers in history, he is among the most popular and influential. His greatest works include his 9 symphonies, over 30 piano sonatas, a violin concerto, awesome chamber music, 5 piano concertos, beautiful songs, choral works, and string quartets. His 9th Symphony, 5th Concerto for Piano, Concerto for Violin, Late Quartets, and Missa Solemnis were some of the best works of their kind in history.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mozart was a musical genius whose compositions defined classical perfection and demonstrated a fine balance of orchestra and solo musical instrument. Composing music from a tender age of five, his works were directly written in full orchestra scores with perfect accuracy. He composed well-structured, soft, and light music like the Serenade in G Major. He wrote several pieces including symphonies, chamber music, sonatas, operas, divertimenti, piano concerti, horn concerti, string quartets, masses, pieces for organ, and much more.
Famous for his great piano compositions, Chopin was amongst the top composers of the Romanticism period producing some of the most brilliantly beautiful piano pieces. His piano works were innovative in form and harmonics. His piano works were the most innovative and include ballads, sonatas, etudes, mazurkas, nocturnes, waltzes, impromptus, and preludes. Amongst his best works are his first Ballad in g minor and the 9th Nocturne.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Tchaikovsky was one of the best classical musicians of all time. He wrote great symphonies, operas, piano and violin concertos, chamber music, ballets, and choral compositions with the Russian touch. Some of his most popular works include “The Queen of Spades”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Eugene Onegin”, and “Nutcracker”.
His mastery of the forms of his time and melodic lyrical compositions made him the greatest songwriter of all time. Schubert loved writing songs to the extent that he wrote them almost everywhere he found a paper and ended up composing over 600 songs. His beautiful “Hark, Hark, the lark”, was written while he was in a beer hall on the other side of his receipt. He also wrote symphonies, masses, ballets, operas, sonatas, string, and quartets.