Mar 11, 2011, 11:05

A few weeks ago Anthony Tommasini wrote an interesting article for The New York Times entitled “The Greatest” ,

which was about the greatest classical music composers of all time, not including those composers that are still with us. At the top of the list was Johann Sebastian Bach. Rounding out the top three were Ludwig van Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The article is certainly worth reading.

A search for “classical” on, an online marketplace for royalty-free production music, yields over 1,600 tracks and includes royalty-free music from many great composers in Tommasini’s Top 10 which includes Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Debussy, Stravinsky, Brahms, Verdi, Wagner and Bartok.

And a search for “Apollo Symphony Orchestra” on returns a collection of nearly 500 classical tracks produced with an orchestra .

This great collection of production music tracks includes compositions from Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Smetana, Handel and Mahler, among others.

One of my favorite classical music tracks is ‘The Moldau” which was composed by Bedrich Smetana.

The track is just over 6 minutes in length. Be patient for the first minute or so while the track starts to build. After that, if you close your eyes you can envision the flowing Moldau River after which the compostion was named.

Classical music is timeless and can be used for background music or for almost any type of video, TV, film, advertisement or any other multi-media project where production music is needed.

Who do you think is the greatest (non-living) classical composer of all time? We would love to hear your opinion. Go to our Forum and let us know.


Chris Cardell is the co-founder of, a production music marketplace where media producers and business owners can license high-quality, affordable royalty-free music from a online community of musicians. Cardell has been involved with digital content and E-Commerce since the mid-1990’s.

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