7 Great German Composers of All Times

Are you looking to find out the famous German composers? Come on board as we take you through a list of some of the best composers from Germany. These guys are very talented, and greatly influenced the history of music in Germany.

Some of these guys may not be alive now, but their influence in the development of classical music in Germany will never be forgotten. They are respected in their country, and by all other music lovers around the world. They are the men that brought about the various changes in the history of German music, and some of the styles we have today where may available for their talent. This list may not cover for all of them, but will undoubtedly give you the names of the most prominent German composers in the history of music.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig Van Beethoven was a pianist and composer. He was a significant figure in the transition from the classical and romantic eras in western art music. Ludwig is one of the most influential and famous German composers; he is renowned for all his compositions which includes the five concertos for piano, nine symphonies and all other musical contributions he made during his time.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Bach was an influential German composer and musician of the Baroque period. With his skills in motivic and harmonic organization, adaptation of forms, rhythm and texture from abroad(mainly from France and Italy), and counterpoint, Johann richly changed the German style of music during his time.

John Denver

Henry John Deutschendorf Jr professional known as John Denver is a German singer, songwriter, composer, actor, activist, and humanitarian. He is a successful solo singer that rose to this prime in the 1970s. During his commercial success, he was one of the most popular acoustic artists of his time and contributed significantly to the development of acoustic music in Germany.

Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms is a favorite German composer and pianist.  Brahms was born to a Lutheran family and spent much of his professional life in Vienna, Austria. He was very popular during his lifetime, and greatly influenced the development of music in both Austria and Germany.


Nico is a German singer, composer, songwriter, Lyricist, musician, actress and fashion model who became famous as a Warhol superstar in the 1960s. She is very popular for her vocals on the velvet underground debut album, her works as a solo songwriter and her collaborations with the Velvet Underground and Nico.

Richard Strauss

Richard Strauss was one of the leading German composers of the late Romantic and early modern eras. He is renowned for his magical operas which include Salome and Der Rosenkavalier, his lieder, and his tone poems.

Robert Alexander Schumann

Robert Schumann was an influential music critic and German composer. He is renowned all over the world as the most significant composers of the Romantic era. Schumann who was a law student at one time abandoned his study and pursued a career as a virtuoso pianist. He went on to become one of the greatest composers of his time.