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Oct 21 2010
1 Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778), abandoned musical composition for philosophy 11922
2 Claude Debussy (1862–1918), 20th century composer, his music is often described as impressionist, although he dismissed the term. He wrote "Clair de Lune" from Suite bergamasque 4942
3 Maurice Ravel (1875–1937), 20th century piano and orchestra composer in the impressionist and neoclassicist styles, noted for his Daphnis et Chloé, Bolero, and Ma mère l'oye (Mother Goose) suite 2681
4 Yann Tiersen (born 1970) 2281
5 Hector Berlioz (1803–1869), composer famous for his programmatic symphony, the Symphonie fantastique 2123
6 Erik Satie (1866–1925), 20th century modernist and impressionist composer, known for his Gymnopédies 1927
7 Georges Bizet (1838–1875), Romantic composer famous for his opera Carmen 1408
8 Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992), 20th century modernist composer 1356
9 Josquin des Prez (c. 1450–1521) born near Franco-Flemish border 1191
10 Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632–1687) Baroque composer, first significant composer of French opera 1041
11 Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683–1764), Baroque composer, wrote Les Indes galantes 957
12 Jacques Offenbach (1819–1880), French operetta and opera composer, known for The Tales of Hoffmann and Orpheus in the Underworld, born in Germany 810
13 Pierre Boulez (born 1925) 798
14 Guillaume de Machaut (c. 1300–1377) 789
15 Charles Gounod (1818–1893), composer, best known for his opera Faust 754
16 Francis Poulenc (1899–1963) 745
17 Jules Massenet (1842–1912), Romantic composer best known for "Meditation" from his opera Thaïs 677
18 Guillaume Dufay (c. 1397–1474) 617
19 Alexandre Desplat (born 1961) 550
20 Darius Milhaud (1892–1974) 517
21 Nadia Boulanger (1887–1979) 433
22 Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813–1888), Romantic era composer and pianist 416
23 Paul Dukas (1865–1935), late Romantic composer known today for his piece of program music, The Sorcerer's Apprentice 406
24 Charles-Marie Widor (1844–1937), Romantic composer, noted for his works for the organ 317
25 Adolphe Adam (1803–1856) 287
26 Louis Vierne (1870–1937) 273
27 Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643–1704) 271
28 Arthur Honegger (1892–1955) 269
29 Henri Dutilleux (born 1916) 232
30 Marin Marais (1656–1728) 210
31 Jacques Ibert (1890–1962) 202
32 Ernest Chausson (1855–1899) 194
33 Reynaldo Hahn (1874–1947) 186
34 Daniel Auber (1782–1871), opera composer, well known in his time, but rarely performed today 182
35 Emmanuel Chabrier (1841–1894) 166
36 Albert Roussel (1869–1937) 146
37 Ambroise Thomas (1811–1896) 136
38 Charles-Louis Hanon (1819–1900), French piano pedagogue 125
39 Charles Koechlin (1867–1950) 123
40 Pierre de La Rue (c. 1452–1518) 120
41 Vincent d'Indy (1851–1931) 119
42 Georges Auric (1899–1983) 118
43 Jean-Joseph Mouret (1682–1738), Baroque composer, known today for his 'Rondeau' (theme song to the TV show Masterpiece Theatre) 115
44 Henri Duparc (1848–1933) 113
45 Jean-Marie Leclair (1697–1764), significant Baroque era composer 110
46 Tristan Murail (born 1947) 109
47 Lili Boulanger (1893–1918), the first French female composer to win the Prix de Rome, with her cantata Faust and Helena 108
48 Jean Langlais (1907–1991) 103
49 Louis-Claude Daquin (1694–1772) 102
50 Rodolphe Kreutzer (1766–1831), composer known for his 42 études used by violin students 99
51 Joseph Canteloube (1879–1957), best known for his collection of folksongs from the Auvergne region 92
52 Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe (c. 1640 – c. 1700) 91
53 Benjamin Godard (1849–1895) 88
54 Jehan Alain (1911–1940) 84
55 Germaine Tailleferre (1892–1983), the female member of Les Six, her Jeux de pleine aire caused Satie to call her his "musical daughter" 83
56 Gustave Charpentier (1860–1956), composer best known for his opera Louise 83
57 Jean-Claude Risset (born 1936) 77
58 Claudin de Sermisy (c. 1490–1562) 72
59 Louis Couperin (c. 1626–1661) 71
60 Nicolas Gombert (c. 1495 – c. 1560) born in Flanders 70
61 Florent Schmitt (1870–1958) 70
62 Jean-Joseph de Mondonville (1711–1772) 67
63 Louise Farrenc (1804–1875), piano professor at the Paris Conservatory and composer of chamber music and three symphonies 54
64 Antoine Forqueray (1671–1745) 49
65 Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (1689–1755) 48
66 Jean-Baptiste Accolay (1833–1900), 19th century violin teacher and composer 48
67 Charles Tournemire (1870–1939) 44
68 Louis Marchand (1669–1732) 43
69 Pierre Rode (1774–1830) 42
70 Michel Richard Delalande (1657–1726) 42
71 Jeanne Demessieux (1921–1968) 40
72 Louis Antoine Jullien (1812–1860), famous eccentric conductor and composer of light music 40
73 Louis Durey (1888–1979) 37
74 Charles Dancla (1817–1907), 19th century violin teacher and composer 36
75 Gilbert Amy (born 1936) 35
76 Jacques-Louis Monod (born 1927) 32
77 Guy d'Hardelot (1858–1936) 31
78 Paule Maurice (1910–1967) 31
79 Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer (c. 1705–1755), born in Italy 31
80 Alfred Desenclos (1912–1971) 29
81 Hyacinthe Jadin (1776–1800) 28
82 Paul Paray (1886–1979) 27
83 Nicolas de Grigny (1672–1703) 26
84 Louis-Emmanuel Jadin (1768–1853) 25
85 Jean-Henri d'Anglebert (1629–1691) 24
86 Claude Terrasse (1867–1923) 23
87 Alfred Bruneau (1857–1934) 21
88 Denis Gaultier (1603–1672) 20
89 Jacques de Gouy (c. 1610 – after 1650) 20
90 Gaston Litaize (1909–1991) 20
91 Louis-Gabriel Guillemain (1705–1770) 19
92 Nicolas-Charles Bochsa (1789–1856), composer best known today for his studies and exercises for the harp. 18
93 Maurice Journeau (1898–1999) 17
94 Jean-Christian Michel (born 1938) 17
95 Nigel Keay (born 1955) 17
96 Michel Lambert (1610–1696) 17
97 Jean-Claude Amiot (born 1939) 14
98 Louis de Caix d'Hervelois (c. 1670 – c. 1760) 14
99 Paul Le Flem (1881–1984) 13
100 Nicolas Dalayrac (1753-1809) 13
101 Charles Simon Catel (1773–1830) 13
102 Walter Taieb (born 1973) 12
103 Eryck Abecassis (born 1956) 12
104 Jean-Louis Petit (born 1937) 12
105 Jean-Marie Leclair the younger (1703–1777) 12
106 Jean-Michel Damase (born 1928) 12
107 Adolphe Blanc (1828–1885) 11
108 Albéric Magnard (1865 - 1914) 11
109 Maxime Aulio (born 1980) 11
110 Raymond Gallois-Montbrun (1918–1994) 10
111 Ninot le Petit (fl. c. 1500–1520) 7
112 Jean-Henri Ravina (1818–1906) 7
113 Jean-Yves Malmasson (born 1963) 6
114 Déodat de Séverac (1872–1921) 6
115 Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921), Romantic composer perhaps best known for The Carnival of the Animals 6
116 Jean-Baptiste Lemire (1867–1945) 5
117 André Jolivet (1905–1974) 5
118 Maurice Duruflé (1902–1986) 5
119 Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre (1665–1729) 5
120 Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (1676–1749) < 5
121 Étienne Méhul (1763–1817) < 5
122 André Caplet (1878–1925), great friend of Debussy responsible for orchestrating some of his works, including Children's Corner < 5
123 Jacques Champion de Chambonnières (c. 1601–1672) < 5
124 François Dufault (before 1604 – c. 1672) < 5
125 Joseph-François Kremer (born 1954) < 5
126 Gérard Grisey (1946–1998) < 5
127 André Campra (1660–1744) < 5
128 Jean-Féry Rebel (1666–1747) < 5
129 Léopold Aimon (1779–1866) < 5
130 Henri Büsser (1872–1973) < 5
131 François Bazin (1816-1878) < 5
132 Fromental Halévy (1799–1862) < 5
133 Jean Françaix (1912–1997) < 5
134 Léo Delibes (1836–1891), composer known for his Coppélia, Sylvia, and Lakmé < 5
135 Edgard Varèse (1883–1965), became American < 5
136 Marcel Dupré (1886–1971) < 5
137 François Joseph Gossec (1734–1829) < 5
138 François-Adrien Boieldieu (1775–1834) < 5
139 Gabriel Pierné (1863–1937) < 5
140 Jean-François Dandrieu (c. 1682–1738) < 5
141 Étienne Moulinié (c. 1600 – after 1669) < 5
142 Fabien Lévy (born 1968) < 5
143 Loÿset Compère (c. 1445–1518) < 5
144 Éric Serra (born 1959) < 5
145 Jean-Baptiste Bréval (1753–1823) < 5
146 François-André Danican Philidor (1726–1795) < 5
147 Cécile Chaminade (1857–1944) < 5
148 Jacques Féréol Mazas (1782–1849), 19th century violinist and composer < 5
149 Eugène Bozza (1905–1991) < 5
150 Max Méreaux (born 1946) < 5
151 Michel Pignolet de Montéclair (1667–1737) < 5
152 Émile Paladilhe (1844–1926), Romantic composer best known for his opera Patrie! of 1886 and his oratorio "Les Saintes Maries de la Mer" < 5
153 Gabriel Fauré (1845–1924), Romantic composer, known for his chamber music and a requiem among other pieces < 5
154 Ferdinand Hérold (1791–1833), composer best known for his operas, notably Zampa, and the ballet La fille mal gardée < 5
155 Jean Barraqué (1928-1973) < 5
156 Louis James Alfred Lefébure-Wély (1817–1869) < 5
157 François Couperin (1668–1733) < 5
158 Édouard Lalo (1823–1892), Romantic composer remembered primarily for his Symphonie espagnole for violin and orchestra < 5

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