With 1,008 biographies, Composers are the 13th most common occupation in Pantheon, behind Painters, Military Personnels, and Tennis Players.

Pantheon has 1,008 people classified as composers born between 840 and 1985. Of these 1,008, 147 (14.58%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living composers include Ennio Morricone, Vangelis, and John Williams. The most famous deceased composers include Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Johann Sebastian Bach.

Living Composers

Go to all Rankings

Deceased Composers

Go to all Rankings

Most composers were born in Italy (128), Germany (117), and France (111). By city, the most common birth places were Paris (36), Vienna (24), and New York City (23).The most common death places of composers were France (134), Germany (121), and Italy (110). By city, these were Paris (85), Vienna (43), and London (33).

The earliest biographies classified as composers in Pantheon are Jaufre Rudel, Guido of Arezzo, and Hucbald.  The concentration of composers was largest during the Newspaper Era, which lasted from 1700 to 1899. Some birth or death locations for earlier composers are unknown, which may account for timeline differences below.

Which Composers were alive at the same time? This visualization shows the lifespans of the 25 most globally memorable Composers since 1700.

Composers are found within the Arts domain which also includes Actors, Singers, Musicians, Film Directors, and Painters.