This post was triggered by discussions in recent months at the Talk Classical forum, about the (in)ability to rank composers. First off, I am a firm believer that there is no such thing as an objective measure for a composer's greatness. At best, one can average a large number of subjective preferences and come to a result that some might call objective greatness (but I do not). That said, subjectively I can rank composers or compositions in order of preference, and it is a fact that I love doing so. Well, it appears that although I am not alone in this, there are also large numbers of classical music aficionados to whom this whole ranking concept is alien and incomprehensible. This weekend I suddenly realized where my preference for rankings comes from. When I first got really interested in music, it was in pop and rock as broadcast on the Dutch radio in the seventies. Charts played a big role for me at that time, seeing how well (or badly) songs I liked were doing in the top40. Every year there was also a top100 of all time on the radio, as chosen by the listeners. This inspired me to rank my all-time favourite songs many times over the years. And this conditioned behaviour with respect to pop and rock songs is in hindsight almost certainly what is behind my ranking obsession (as others call it) in classical music. Anyway, it does not hurt anyone, so I will continue doing it.
About me: Dutchman, married to a beautiful and highly talented artist from Shanghai. Although my education (PhD chemistry) is very much associated with the left side of the brain, I like to use my right side for my hobbies: music, art, photography.
About this blog: I started this blog in August 2006, just wanting to share what I considered interesting pieces of visual art and music. I suffered from blogging blues for most of 2008, but making a fresh start in October of that year has done wonders for my inspiration. In case you did not notice, most posts end with a small symbol... just click that for the relevant link. All pictures in my blog are hosted on blogger - if some do not show up (the red cross syndrome) it is a blogger hiccup. Right click and selecting "show picture" should do the trick.
About the reconstruction:
End March 2017 I converted thousands of posts to draft, in order to sort out potential copyright issues. Many of these will be restored in the course of the year.
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