Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Classical music enthusiasts' favourite composers

For the Talk Classical bulletin board, I recently embarked on a project to produce a ranked list of 100 favourite classical composers, based on the  top 30 favourite composers of 56 TC members. The resulting list is partly in line with previous efforts by panels of experts or the wider classical music audience, and partly showing off niche interests from real aficionados. Anyway, I wanted to share it here, also because it will probably be the basis of a planned new blog topic "Unsung composers", the ones I like very much, but who did not make the list.

001 Ludwig van Beethoven
002 Johann Sebastian Bach
003 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
004 Gustav Mahler
005 Johannes Brahms
006 Franz Schubert
007 Dmitry Shostakovich
008 Jean Sibelius
009 Robert Schumann
010 Claude Debussy

011 Richard Wagner
012 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
013 Sergei Prokofiev
014 Joseph Haydn
015 Maurice Ravel
016 Antonín Dvořák
017 Igor Stravinsky
018 Frédéric Chopin
019 Felix Mendelssohn
020 Béla Bartók

021 George Frideric Handel
022 Anton Bruckner
023 Richard Strauss
024 Franz Liszt
025 Ralph Vaughan Williams
026 Sergei Rachmaninoff
027 Hector Berlioz
028 Gabriel Fauré
029 Arnold Schoenberg
030 Alexander Scriabin

031 Antonio Vivaldi
032 Giuseppe Verdi
033 Giacomo Puccini
034 Claudio Monteverdi
035 Leoš Janáček
036 Edward Elgar
037 Olivier Messiaen
038 Aaron Copland
039 Benjamin Britten
040 Alban Berg

041 Francis Poulenc
042 Camille Saint-Saëns
043 Carl Nielsen
044 Gioachino Rossini
045 Josquin des Prez
046 Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
047 Edvard Grieg
048 Alfred Schnittke
049 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
050 Modest Mussorgsky

051 Anton Webern
052 Samuel Barber
053 Carl Maria von Weber
054 Georg Philipp Telemann
055 Charles Ives
056 Bohuslav Martinů
057 César Franck
058 Philip Glass
059 György Ligeti
060 Toru Takemitsu

061 Guillaume de Machaut
062 Max Reger
063 Guillaume Dufay
064 Georges Bizet
065 Frederick Delius
066 Paul Hindemith
067 Steve Reich
068 Mieczysław Weinberg
069 Christoph Willibald Gluck
070 Hugo Wolf

071 Ottorino Respighi
072 Arvo Pärt
073 Vincenzo Bellini
074 Johannes Ockeghem
075 Gaetano Donizetti
076 Erich Wolfgang Korngold
077 Alexander Borodin
078 Leonard Bernstein
079 William Walton
080 Alexander von Zemlinsky

081 Arcangelo Corelli
082 Nikolai Myaskovsky
083 Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber
084 Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
085 Carlo Gesualdo
086 Henry Purcell
087 Gustav Holst
088 Gerald Finzi
089 Sofia Gubaidulina
090 Jean-Philippe Rameau

091 Heitor Villa-Lobos
092 Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
093 John Coolidge Adams
094 Witold Lutosławski
095 Kaija Saariaho
096 George Gershwin
097 Per Nørgård
098 Domenico Scarlatti
099 Thomas Tallis
100 John Williams

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