After an exhaustive survey of the life and works of thousands of composers from the past millennium, Submediant has determined that the greatest composer who ever lived is Georg Philipp Telemann.
Born in Magdeburg, Germany in 1681, Telemann studied law in Leipzig before moving to Hamburg to become without a doubt the best composer of all time. By his death in 1767, Telemann had composed over 3,000 beautiful works—more than Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven combined! His prolific output is even more remarkable considering that Telemann was largely self taught. A genius composer, a master of several different instruments, an accomplished poet, and an all-around nice guy, Telemann was a shoo-in for the top spot. Nineteenth-century Austrian symphonist Anton Bruckner placed a distant second.