Find out more about the greatest 18th Century Composers, including Ludwig van Beethoven, Joseph Haydn, George Frideric Handel, Franz Schubert and Gioachino Rossini.
Ludwig van BeethovenLudwig van Beethoven
16 December 1770, Austrian, German
Composer
Joseph HaydnJoseph Haydn
31 March 1732, Austrian
Composer

George Frideric HandelGeorge Frideric Handel
23 February 1685, German, British
Composer

Niccolo PaganiniNiccolo Paganini
27 October 1782, Italian
Violinist

Gioachino RossiniGioachino Rossini
01 March 1792, Italian
Composer

William HerschelWilliam Herschel
15 November 1738, German, British
Astronomer, Composer
E. T. A. HoffmannE. T. A. Hoffmann
24 January 1776, Prussian
Author

Gaetano DonizettiGaetano Donizetti
29 November 1797, Italian
Composer

William MasonWilliam Mason
24 January 1829, American
Composer, Pianist
Antonio SalieriAntonio Salieri
18 August 1750, Italian
Composer, Conductor, Educationist, Musicologist,

Chevalier de Saint-GeorgesChevalier de Saint-Georges
25 December 1745, French
Composer, Conductor, Fencer, Concertmaster,
Carl Philipp Emanuel BachCarl Philipp Emanuel Bach
08 March 1714, German
Composer, Pianist, Musicologist, Music theorist

Jean Philippe RameauJean Philippe Rameau
25 September 1683, French
Composer

Carl Maria von WeberCarl Maria von Weber
18 November 1786, German
Composer

Luigi BoccheriniLuigi Boccherini
19 February 1743, Italian
Composer, Cellist

Muzio ClementiMuzio Clementi
23 January 1752, Italian
pianist, conductor, composer, musicologist, music
Carl CzernyCarl Czerny
21 February 1791, Austrian
pianist, composer, musicologist, music theorist

Johann van BeethovenJohann van Beethoven
14 November 1740, German
Musician, Conductor, Singer, Composer

Ignatius SanchoIgnatius Sancho
1729 AD, British
composer, author, writer, shopkeeper, domestic

Giovanni Battista PergolesiGiovanni Battista Pergolesi
04 January 1710, Italian
Composer, Organist
Johann Nepomuk HummelJohann Nepomuk Hummel
14 September 1778, Austrian, German, Slovak
composer, conductor, pianist, concertmaster

François-André Danican PhilidorFrançois-André Danican Philidor
07 September 1726, French
Composer
Giacomo MeyerbeerGiacomo Meyerbeer
05 September 1791, German
composer, conductor, autobiographer,music director

Michael HaydnMichael Haydn
14 September 1737, Austrian
composer, organist, musician

Anna Magdalena BachAnna Magdalena Bach
22 September 1701, German
Singer, Composer
Turlough O'CarolanTurlough O'Carolan
1670 AD, Irish
Composer

Luigi CherubiniLuigi Cherubini
14 September 1760, French, Italian
Composer, Conductor, Musicologist, Music educator,
Fernando SorFernando Sor
14 February 1778, Spanish
guitarist, composer, classical guitarist

Dimitrie CantemirDimitrie Cantemir
26 October 1673, Romanian
Soldier

Louise FarrencLouise Farrenc
31 May 1804, French
Composer
Louis SpohrLouis Spohr
05 April 1784, German
Composer, Conductor, Musicologist, Music educator

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Thomas ArneThomas Arne
12 March 1710, British
Composer
Wilhelm Friedemann BachWilhelm Friedemann Bach
22 November 1710, German
Composer, Organist, Pianist

Anton SchindlerAnton Schindler
13 June 1795, German
Conductor, Writer, Musicologist, Music historian,

Ignaz MoschelesIgnaz Moscheles
23 May 1794
Pianist, Conductor, Composer, Educationist,

Friedrich KuhlauFriedrich Kuhlau
11 September 1786, Danish
Pianist
Johann StamitzJohann Stamitz
19 June 1717, Czech
Composer
Mauro GiulianiMauro Giuliani
27 July 1781, Italian
Composer, Guitarist, Classical guitarist

Franz Xaver SüssmayrFranz Xaver Süssmayr
22 July 1766, Austrian
Composer

Jan Dismas ZelenkaJan Dismas Zelenka
16 October 1679, Czech
Composer

Carl StamitzCarl Stamitz
07 May 1745, German
Composer
Bettina von ArnimBettina von Arnim
04 April 1785, German
Writer, Salon-holder, Composer, Novelist

Domenico CimarosaDomenico Cimarosa
17 December 1749, Italian
Composer

Joseph Martin KrausJoseph Martin Kraus
20 June 1756, German
Composer

Marianna MartinesMarianna Martines
04 May 1744, Austrian
Singer

Charlotte de RothschildCharlotte de Rothschild
06 May 1825, French
Socialite
Ignaz PleyelIgnaz Pleyel
18 June 1757, French
Composer

Duchess Anna Amalia of Brunswick-WolfenbüttelDuchess Anna Amalia of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
24 October 1739, German
Composer
Duchess Maria Antonia of BavariaDuchess Maria Antonia of Bavaria
18 July 1724, German
Composer

Ferdinando CarulliFerdinando Carulli
09 February 1770, Italian
Composer, Guitarist, Musicologist, Classical

Jan Ladislav DussekJan Ladislav Dussek
12 February 1760, Czech
Composer
Therese MalfattiTherese Malfatti
01 January 1792, Austrian
Musician, Pianist, Composer

William BoyceWilliam Boyce
11 September 1711, British
Composer
Pietro LocatelliPietro Locatelli
03 September 1695, Italian
Musician

Franz GruberFranz Gruber
25 November 1787, Austrian
 

Carl Ditters von DittersdorfCarl Ditters von Dittersdorf
02 November 1739, Austrian
Composer, Conductor

Jeremiah ClarkeJeremiah Clarke
1674 AD, British
Composer

Lowell MasonLowell Mason
08 January 1792, American
Composer
Jean-Marie LeclairJean-Marie Leclair
10 May 1697, French
Violinist

William BillingsWilliam Billings
07 October 1746, American
Composer

Charles BurneyCharles Burney
07 April 1726, British
Musical Composer

Daniel AuberDaniel Auber
29 January 1782, French
Composer
Sylvius Leopold WeissSylvius Leopold Weiss
12 October 1687, German
Composer

Rodolphe KreutzerRodolphe Kreutzer
16 November 1766, French
Violinist
Leonardo VinciLeonardo Vinci
1690 AD, Italian
Composer

Maria Theresia von ParadisMaria Theresia von Paradis
15 May 1759, Austrian
Musician

Anton DiabelliAnton Diabelli
05 September 1781, Austrian
Music Publisher
Francesco GeminianiFrancesco Geminiani
05 December 1687, Italian
Violinist

François-Joseph GossecFrançois-Joseph Gossec
17 January 1734, Belgian, French
Composer
Antonio SolerAntonio Soler
03 December 1729, Spanish
Composer, Organist, Musicologist, Music theorist,

Giovanni Battista ViottiGiovanni Battista Viotti
12 May 1755, Italian
Violinist

Fromental HalévyFromental Halévy
27 May 1799, French
Composer
Joseph MohrJoseph Mohr
11 December 1792, Austrian
Composer, Writer

Karl Alois, Prince LichnowskyKarl Alois, Prince Lichnowsky
21 June 1761, Austrian
Composer
Samuel WesleySamuel Wesley
24 February 1766, British
Organist

Carl Friedrich AbelCarl Friedrich Abel
22 December 1723, German
Composer

Jean-Joseph MouretJean-Joseph Mouret
11 April 1682, French
Composer

Saverio MercadanteSaverio Mercadante
16 September 1795, Italian
Composer
Johann MatthesonJohann Mattheson
28 September 1681, German
Composer
Christoph GraupnerChristoph Graupner
13 January 1683, German
Harpsichordist

Theobald BoehmTheobald Boehm
09 April 1794, German
Inventor

Johann Baptist CramerJohann Baptist Cramer
24 February 1771, German, British
Pianist

Johann Georg AlbrechtsbergerJohann Georg Albrechtsberger
03 February 1736, Austrian
Composer
Friedrich KalkbrennerFriedrich Kalkbrenner
07 November 1785, German
Musician

John BlowJohn Blow
23 February 1649, British
Composer

Alexander TcherepninAlexander Tcherepnin
21 January 1899, Russian
Composer

Johann KuhnauJohann Kuhnau
06 April 1660, German
Polymath

André GrétryAndré Grétry
08 February 1741, Belgian, French
Composer
Pierre-Jean de BérangerPierre-Jean de Béranger
19 August 1780, French
Poet

Leopold KoželuchLeopold Koželuch
26 June 1747, Czech
Composer
Giovanni BononciniGiovanni Bononcini
18 July 1670, Italian
Composer

Giovanni Battista MartiniGiovanni Battista Martini
24 April 1706, Italian
Musician
Niel GowNiel Gow
22 March 1727, Scottish
Violinist
Étienne MéhulÉtienne Méhul
22 June 1763, French
Composer