Top 10 Classical Composers Besides the 3 Urrybody Know Already

As a pianist, oboist, bassoonist, saxophonist and cellist over the last 31 years, I've encountered a lotta repertoire, some meh, some amazing. I hereby bestow some of my amazing finds upon y'all now.
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    Maurice Ravel ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
    Word, we all know Bolero and its sensuality, but how about all this other incredible shit?
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    Jean Sibelius ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
    This guy lived til almost 100 and wrote some of the coolest Scandinavian realness ever, like this little ditty:
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    Paul Hindemith ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
    After he was exiled from Germany because his music was too "degenerate" for the third reich, he came to the US, wrote amazing music and founded the Yale School of Music. His music was TOTALLY the foundation for all of John Williams' film scoring, like this piece:
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    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
    This guy literally wrote the book on orchestration, as well as some seriously amazing music, including this gem:
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    Claude Debussy ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
    The master of French Impressionism and tone poetry, this guy died way too early but did so much in a short time, bridging the gap between romanticism and 20th century modernity.
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    Sergei Prokofiev ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
    The composer of "Peter and the wolf" and so much more, this guy brilliantly incorporated the tenor saxophone into much of his music, which, at the time, was pretty fuckin weird.
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    Samuel Barber ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
    Everyone knows his adagio for strings, which is kinda the saddest piece ever, but this man wrote some seriously beautiful music besides that, like this frequently-performed overture to "the school for scandal"
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    Sergei Rachmaninoff ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
    What this bloke did JUST for the piano some warrants a place on this here list, but the rest of his catalogue is filled with Russian eleganza and American romanticism (he spent his later years in Beverly Hills, btw)
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    Aaron Copland ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
    A NYC native, Copland basically defined the sound of Americana through his accessible style and wide range of music for orchestra, ballet, and film.
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    Antonin Dvorรกk ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
    This Czech-born genius wrote some of the most American-sounding music, as evidenced by his new world symphony (, but he ask brilliantly captured the nationalism of his homeland through countless symphonies, chamber music and operas.