1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The most famous musical genius started composing since he was 5 years old. Therefore it is no wonder he managed to write 41 symphonies, 27 piano concerti, a large amount of chamber music, 23 operas, 18 sonatas for piano, 36 for violin, for cello, church sonatas, organ pieces, 18 masses, including one Requiem, 4 horn concerti, 20 string quartets, serenades, divertimenti, and many others.
2. Richard Wagner
Wagner wrote many operas but four of them are famous masterpieces in opera history, and those are: Tannhauser, Lohengrin, with its the world famous “Here Comes the Bride” theme, Tristan und Isolde, which is consideredto be Wagenrs finest achievement, Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Parsifal, and his gargantuan four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen.
3. Robert Schumann
In his music you will find huge quantity of vocal music, but his masterpieces are his symphonies, especially his third symphony, and his Piano Quintet are monuments in history.
4. Frederic Chopin
Chopin is primarily famous for his piano works, and most notable are of course his ballades, etudes, sonatas, mazurkas, waltzes, nocturnes, preludes, and impromptus.
5. Franz Liszt
Not only that Franz Liszt was the greatest pianist of all time, but he also wrote hundreds of short pieces, songs, preludes, etudes, two piano concerti, symphonic poems. His piano works are among the most technically demanding, almost impossible, to play. Furthermore, his Transcendental Etudes is designed for the piano student to master all forms of piano performance.
6. Johannes Brahms
Considered to be one of the finest craftsmen in music history, Brahms wrote two piano concerti. The 2nd of his two piano concerti is the most exquisite concerto for piano which had ever been composed. Even though itis not as technically difficult as Rachmaninov’s 3rd, but the piano is required to overpower the entire orchestra much of the way through, therefore you have to have some strong arms to pull this one out at the keyboard.
7. Giuseppe Verdi
Verdi is considered to be one of the greatest opera composers ever. His most famous pieces are“Nabucco,” “Ernani,” “Macbeth” (after Shakespeare),” “Luisa Miller,” “Rigoletto,” “Il Trovatore,” “La Traviata,” “Un Ballo in Maschera,” “Don Carlo,” his most famous work: “Aida,” “Otello,” and “Falstaff” (both after Shakespeare).
8. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Romantic sounds of Tchaikovsky are truly a work of art. Tchaikovsky wrote the most amazing ballets including the world-famous Nutcracker,” “Swan Lake,” and “Sleeping Beauty.”
9. Sergei Rachmaninov
Rachmaninov was not only a great composer, but he was also a master when it comes to conducting an orchestra. His greatest works are “the 2nd Piano Concerto,” “the 3rd Piano Concerto,” the “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini,” and of course his sonatas.
10. Franz Joseph Haydn
Franz Joseph Haydn is considered to be the father of the modern symphony and the inventor of the string quartet. Haydn wrote in total 340 hours of music and still claimed on his deathbed that he has yet to learn certain things in order to improve. Even on his deathbed he claimed “I have just figured out how to use the winds.”