People who create music. More specifically, people who put extremely careful craftsmanship into their music. These aren't just artists that "jam out" their songs. These are artists who usually use sheet music, or at the very least computer software to plan out their music.
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[[folder: Baroque (1600-1760) ]]

* Creator/JohannSebastianBach
** Music/PDQBach (not actually a composer)
* Music/GeorgeFredericHandel
* Claudio Monteverdi
* Music/GeorgPhilippTelemann
* Music/AntonioVivaldi


[[folder: Classical (1730-1820) ]]

* Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
* Luigi Boccherini
* Music/JosephHaydn
* Creator/WolfgangAmadeusMozart


[[folder: Romantic (1815-1910) ]]

* Creator/LudwigVanBeethoven
* Music/HectorBerlioz
* Georges Bizet
* Music/JohannesBrahms
* Music/FryderykChopin
* Music/AntoninDvorak
* Music/EdwardElgar
* Music/FranzLiszt
* Music/GustavMahler
* Music/FelixMendelssohn
* Music/ModestMussorgsky
* Music/JacquesOffenbach
* Music/SergeiRachmaninoff
* Music/GioachinoRossini
* Music/FranzSchubert
* Music/RobertSchumann
* [[Creator/GilbertAndSullivan Sir Arthur Sullivan]]
* Music/PyotrIlyichTchaikovsky
* Music/GiuseppeVerdi
* Creator/RichardWagner: An inspiration and influence for many film composers to this day.


[[folder: Impressionist (1880s-1920s) ]]

* Music/ClaudeDebussy
* Music/MauriceRavel
* Music/ErikSatie


[[folder: Verismo (1880s-1920s) ]]

* Umberto Giordano
* Pietro Mascagni
* Ruggero Leoncavallo
* Music/GiacomoPuccini


[[folder: Contemporary ]]

* Creator/ErikAho: An American composer who has contributed to the soundtrack of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' and ''Series/TheAmazingRace''. He has also composed soundtracks for ''VideoGame/NoOneLivesForever'', ''{{VideoGame/Drakan}}'' and ''VideoGame/TheSuffering''.
* Music/LaurieAnderson
* Music/DavidArnold: a British composer who in a moment of {{Irony}} composed the score to Film/IndependenceDay. He also composed the theme to the 2012 London Olympics.
* Music/EduardArtemyev: Pioneer of electronica since the 1960s, and film composer for Creator/AndreiTarkovsky, Creator/NikitaMikhalkov, and Creator/AndreiKonchalovsky.
* Music/TakanoriArisawa
* Samuel Barber
* Music/JohnBarry: Film/JamesBond's music man.
* Music/BelaBartok
* Music/IrvingBerlin
* Music/ElmerBernstein: Wearing a cowboy hat and riding a horse never sounded so "[[ magnificent]]".
* Music/LeonardBernstein
* Music/LeslieBricusse
* Music/CarterBurwell
* Music/JohnCage. EverythingIsAnInstrument meets TrueArtIsIncomprehensible. In a good way.
* Music/WendyCarlos
* Music/BillConti
* Music/AaronCopland: Mentioned in a few spots on the Wiki. Fanfare For the Common Man is CrowningMusicOfAwesome in distilled form, but he's probably most famous for Rodeo which you've almost certainty heard, either in a western or in the background while someone told you what Beef is for, and while he didn't compose the melody, he did immortalize the Shaker hymn "Simple Gifts" in his ballet ''Appalachian Spring''.
* Music/{{Cosmo}}
* Music/DonDavis, famous for composing the scores for ''Film/TheMatrix'' trilogy.
* Music/JohnDebney
* Creator/{{Deco27}}
* Creator/AlexandreDesplat
* Music/AntoninDvorak
* Music/BobDylan
* Music/RandyEdelman
* Creator/DannyElfman
* Music/IlanEshkeri
* Music/GeorgeGershwin: Rhapsody in Blue. 'Nuff said.
* Creator/MichaelGiacchino
* Music/PhilipGlass, composer of the score for ''Series/TheThinBlueLine'', [[Film/{{Koyaanisqatsi}} Koyaanisqatsi]], and the Creator/StephenHawking biopic ''A Brief History of Time'' (not related to the book of the same name), and an accomplished composer in his own right, besides, Glass is also notable for collaborating with Mickey Hart (drummer from Music/TheGratefulDead) on the intro music for the Opening Ceremony at the 1996 Summer OlympicGames, a work named "Call to the Nations".
* Music/MurrayGold
* Music/JerryGoldsmith: He has boldly gone where no other composer has ever gone before.
* Music/JoelGoldsmith: Son of the legendary Jerry Goldsmith, and composer of several ''[[Franchise/StargateVerse Stargate]]'' TV spin-offs.
* Music/MarvinHamlisch
* Music/YoshikiHayashi. Music/XJapan and related projects. Yoshiki has also has done film pieces for ''Film/SawIV'' (title track "IV" is his work), ''Catacombs'', ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'', ''Goemon'', an Akira Kurosawa memorial project, and for the Golden Globes awards ceremony for 2012 and 2013.
* Music/BernardHerrmann: generally considered the father of the modern film score, he was most famous for composing many of the scores for the films of AlfredHitchock.
* Music/SusumuHirasawa
* Music/JoeHisaishi
* Music/GustavHolst: Born in England to Swedish parents, his suite "The Planets" has been an inspiration to composers for generations. If you've ever watched a movie, you've heard his influence.
* Music/JamesHorner: ''[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan Star Trek II]]'' and ''[[Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock III]]''. ''Film/SearchingForBobbyFischer''. ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}''. ''Film/{{Braveheart}}''. ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}''. ''Film/{{Glory}}''. ''Film/{{Avatar}}''. Are you beginning to realize the awesomeness?
* Music/AkiraIfukube: ''The'' official composer for ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}''. The man created Godzilla's roar by himself.
* Music/MasumiItou (alias Hikaru Nanase)
* Music/CharlesIves
* Music/SteveJablonsky
* Music/DavidJulyan
* Music/MichaelKamen
* Music/YukiKajiura
* Music/YokoKanno
* Music/AramKhachaturian
* Music/ErichWolfgangKorngold
* Music/YevgenyKrylatov
* Music/LeiberAndStoller
* Music/JohnMackey
* Creator/KevinMacLeod: Composes ''loads'' of [[PublicDomainSoundtrack royalty-free music]], used most often in [=YouTube=] videos.
* Music/HenryMancini: ''Film/ThePinkPanther'', the ''Peter Gunn'' theme (used in the video game ''VideoGame/SpyHunter''), the Baby Elephant Walk.
* Music/ClintMansell: Formerly of Music/PopWillEatItself, now specializes in minimalistic, emotional, frequently creepy scores for films such as ''Literature/RequiemForADream'' and ''Film/{{Moon}}''.
* Music/BearMcCreary: Composer of scores to ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' and others.
* Music/AlanMenken
* Music/OlivierMessiaen
* Music/EnnioMorricone
* Music/MarkMothersbaugh: Of Music/{{Devo}} and a billion TV and movie ventures.
* Music/{{mothy}}
* Music/AlfredNewman: Composed the Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox fanfare.
* Music/DavidNewman
* Music/EmilNewman
* Music/JoeyNewman
* Music/LionelNewman
* Music/MariaNewman
* Music/RandyNewman
* Music/ThomasNewman
* Music/MichaelNyman
* Music/BasilPoledouris
* Music/ColePorter
* Music/MiklosRozsa
* Music/AlexeiRybnikov
* Music/HiroyukiSawano
* Creator/StephenSchwartz
* Music/TheShermanBrothers: SiblingTeam responsible for many classic Disney song scores but arguably their biggest, most successful hit was ''Film/MaryPoppins''.
* Music/HowardShore
* Music/DmitriShostakovich
* Music/AlanSilvestri: ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' is one of his more famous film scores.
* Creator/StephenSondheim: A prolific composer of Broadway musicals.
* Music/MaxSteiner
* Music/LindseyStirling
* Music/IgorStravinsky
* Music/JGThirlwell
* Music/YannTiersen
* Music/ViktorTsoi: Composed and sang for his band, Kino.
* Music/BrianTyler
* Music/EdgardVarese
* Music/ScottWalker
* Music/RonWasserman: Best known for providing the music for the early seasons of ''Franchise/PowerRangers''.
* Music/JeffWayne, creator of the {{rock opera}}s ''[[Music/JeffWaynesMusicalVersionOfTheWarOfTheWorlds War of the Worlds]]'' and ''Spartacus''.
* Creator/AndrewLloydWebber: British composer of worldwide hit musicals including ''Theatre/{{Cats}}'' and ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera''.
* Music/KurtWeill
* Music/JohnWilliams: If you've ever seen ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]'', you've heard his music, but that's only one of [[Film/{{Jaws}} many]], [[Franchise/IndianaJones many]], [[Film/SchindlersList many]], '''[[Film/JurassicPark many]]''' films for which he has composed. Usually the regular composer for Creator/StevenSpielberg. Besides films, he also composed the official theme for the 1984 Summer UsefulNotes/OlympicGames in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles (a work which has since officially become '''the''' Olympic Fanfare), a broadcast theme for coverage US coverage of the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, the official theme for the 1996 Summer Games in UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}}, and the official theme for the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City. You've also heard his piece "The Mission" if you've watched Creator/{{NBC}} Nightly News, as it's that news-cast's official theme-song.
* Music/FrankZappa
* Music/HansZimmer
* Music/JohnZorn: Highly eclectical and impossible to pigeonhole artist, mostly active in jazz, though his gigantic catalogue has tried out various genres and styles throughout the years.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Music/AlexanderBrandon: Best-known for his work on ''VideoGame/DeusEx''.
* Creator/ChikayoFukuda: The main music composer at CyberConnect2, and composed the music for the ''Franchise/DotHack'' series, ''Naruto Ultimate Ninja'' Series and ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath''. Started out by composing the music for ''VideoGame/TailsSkyPatrol''.
* Creator/MasashiHamauzu: Composed for the ''VideoGame/{{SaGa}}'' series and the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series. Was a late-comer to both franchises, but helped redefine their music.
* Creator/MikiHigashino: Composed for the ''VideoGame/{{Gradius}}'' series, the ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' series and two of Creator/{{Konami}}'s ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' games.
* Creator/ShinjiHosoe: One of the "Sampling Masters" behind the music for ''VideoGame/RidgeRacer''.
* Creator/KenjiIto: Composed for the ''[=SaGa=]'' series and the ''VideoGame/WorldOfMana'' series.
* Creator/AkariKaida: Composed for several ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' games, and notably for ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII'', ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'', ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' and the ''VideoGame/LuminousArc'' series.
* Creator/HirokiKikuta: Composed ''VideoGame/SecretOfMana'', ''VideoGame/SeikenDensetsu3'' and ''Koudelka'', and also founded the company that developed the ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' games.
* Creator/KojiKondo: Main composer for the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' and ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series.
** Creator/MahitoYokota: Composer for those same franchises under Kondo's supervision; he's been in charge of composing for live orchestras.
* Creator/KotaHoshino: chief composer for the ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore'' series.
* Creator/YuzoKoshiro
* Creator/DaisukeIshiwatari: Better known as the man who created ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' and its godly soundtrack. He also did the soundtracks for ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' and ''HardCorpsUprising''. If you get into a discussion regarding fighting game music, chances are he or his works will immediately pop up.
* Creator/MasaharuIwata: Most-often working in collaboration with Creator/HitoshiSakimoto.
* Creator/YuzoKoshiro
* Creator/JesperKyd: ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'' amongst others, started out in the Amiga scene.
* Creator/ShojiMeguro: Composed the music for a lot of ''VideoGame/{{Shin Megami Tensei}}'' games, most notably ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}''.
* Creator/YasunoriMitsuda: Composed for the ''[[VideoGame/ChronoTrigger Chrono]]'' [[VideoGame/ChronoCross series]], ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}} Episode 1'', and various other games.
* Creator/ManabuNamiki: Frequent collaborator with 8ing/Raizing and {{Cave}}
* Creator/MichikoNaruke: Composed the ''TenshiNoUta'' and ''WildArms'' series.
* Creator/YoshihiroSakaguchi: Composer for Capcom, under the pseudonym Yuukichan's Papa. Created the "sound" of ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' and contributed to the ''StreetFighter'' series.
* Creator/HitoshiSakimoto: Uematsu's more or less 'successor' to the ''Final Fantasy'' series.
* Creator/MotoiSakuraba: Composer for most of the ''Franchise/TalesSeries'', ''BatenKaitos'', ''StarOcean'', and ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'', among others.
* Creator/YokoShimomura: Composer for ''GargoylesQuest'', ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'', ''VideoGame/{{Breath of Fire|I}}'', ''VideoGame/LiveALive'', ''VideoGame/FrontMission'', ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'', ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve'', ''VideoGame/LegendOfMana'', the ''KingdomHearts'' series, the ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi'' series, among others. Long list.
* Music/JeremySoule: Airy atmospheric tracks, such as in [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]].
* Creator/KoichiSugiyama: Aside from his work on several famous Japanese TV series, he is also the man behind the music of ''VideoGame/DragonQuest''. Creator/NobuoUematsu considers him an influence. He also composed the score for ''Film/GodzillaVsBiollante'' (1989).
* MasafumiTakada: Longtime collaborator of Creator/{{Suda 51}} for titles such as ''VideoGame/{{Killer 7}}'' and ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes''
* Music/TommyTallarico: Responsible for the music of many, many games, such as ''VideoGame/CoolSpot'' and ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim''.
* Creator/HirokazuTanaka: Composer for many early games for Creator/{{Nintendo}}, including ''VideoGame/DrMario'', ''Videogame/{{EarthBound}}'', ''Franchise/FireEmblem'', ''VideoGame/KidIcarus'', ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'', ''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand'' and ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}''.
* Creator/NobuoUematsu: When you think of video game music, his name typically comes up, because he did all the music for the first nine ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games. He also composed some pieces for ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''.
* Creator/DavidWise: Composer for ''VideoGame/{{Battletoads}}'', ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'', ''SnakeRattleAndRoll'', ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'' and ''VideoGame/WizardsAndWarriors''.
* MichiruYamane: Important composer in the Creator/{{Konami}} Kukeiha Club who did most of the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series music and eventually became independent.
* Music/AkiraYamaoka: Another Creator/{{Konami}} Kukeiha Club veteran who quickly achieved breakout success with ''Franchise/SilentHill''
* Creator/OlivierDeriviere: A French creator who is most commonly known either for the OminousLatinChanting of ''VideoGame/ObsCure'' and ''VideoGame/AloneInTheDark2008'' games or the digital, glitchy soundtrack of ''VideoGame/RememberMe''.
* {{Creator/MONACA}}: Studio most widely known for their work on NieR.