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Offline michael_sayers

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ranking your favourite composer
« on: December 26, 2015, 01:05:48 PM »
I found this collection of internet pages which attempts it.

http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/music/stats1.htm  

My favourite composer - Franz Liszt - only comes in at no. 12.  At least the list correctly ranks Tchaikovsky above Rachmaninoff. ;-)

1. 2. Bach, Johann Sebastian 1.583
2. 1. Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus 1.704
3. 3. Beethoven, Ludwig van 3.186
4. 5. Schubert, Franz 5.768
5. 4. Brahms, Johannes 6.356
6. 11. Wagner, Richard 6.826
7. 10. Verdi, Giuseppe 6.898
8. 8. Handel, George Frideric 7.360
9. 6. Haydn, (Franz) Joseph 8.506
10. 14. Chopin, Fryderyk 9.375
11.  7. Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich 10.598
12. 12. Liszt, Franz 11.125
13.  9. Schumann, Robert 11.629
14. 13. Debussy, Claude 13.703
15. 25. Puccini, Giacomo 16.368
16. 19. Stravinsky, Igor 17.085
17. 16. Mendelssohn(-Bartholdy), Felix 17.240
18. 17. Strauss, Richard 20.121
19. 27. Mahler, Gustav 21.017
20. 18. Ravel, Maurice 21.425
21. 20. Dvorak, Antonin 22.036
22. 15. Vivaldi, Antonio 22.469
23. 22. Rossini, Gioachino 22.689
24. 24. Rachmaninov, Sergei 23.031
25. 23. Bartók, Bela 24.694
26. 26. Britten, Benjamin 25.316
27. 28. Shostakovich, Dmitry 27.087
28. 21. Prokofiev, Sergei 28.985
29. 30. Berlioz, Hector 29.297
30. 40. Gershwin, George 30.770
31. 41. Copland, Aaron 31.693
32. 32. Fauré, Gabriel 32.107
33. 36. Grieg, Edvard 33.568
34. 35. Schoenberg, Arnold 34.554
35. 37. Telemann, Georg Philipp 35.489
36. 29. Sibelius, Jean 37.245
37. 45. Bizet, Georges 38.799
38. 42. Donizetti, Gaetano 38.841
39. 38. Vaughan Williams, Ralph 38.923
40. 44. Purcell, Henry 40.194
41. 31. Saint-Saëns, (Charles-)Camille 40.298
42. 46. Weber, Carl Maria von 42.920
43. 52. Ives, Charles 43.040
44. 39. Hindemith, Paul 44.046
45. 34. Elgar, Edward 45.568
46. 51. Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay 45.868
47. 50. Bruckner, Anton 46.197
48. 33. Strauss, Johann Jr. 46.593
49. 47. Mussorgsky, Modest 46.717
50. 78. Bernstein, Leonard 46.859
51. 59. Bellini, Vincenzo 48.540
52. 49. Franck, Cesar 49.262
53. 48. Monteverdi, Claudio 49.916
54. 54. Barber, Samuel 51.091
55. 43. Poulenc, Francis 54.133
56. 61. Gounod, Charles 55.398
57. 66. Massenet, Jules 57.163
58. 93. Sullivan, Arthur 59.090
59. 95. Cage, John 60.885
60. 58. Scriabin, Alexander 60.969
61. 55. Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel 61.653
62. 71. Wolf, Hugo 63.082
63. 65. Messiaen, Oliver 64.148
64. 56. Janácek, Leos 64.762
65. 75. Scarlatti, Domenico 65.290
66. 60. Falla, Manuel de 65.291
67. 53. Villa-Lobos, Heitor 66.222
68. 81. Gluck, Christopher W. R. von 69.017
69. 76. Paganini, Niccolo 69.612
70. 67. Satie, Erik 71.279
71. 91. Byrd, William 72.011
72. 57. Berg, Alban 72.252
73. 90. Weill, Kurt 74.249
74. 86. Kodály, Zoltán 76.701
75. 79. Webern, Anton (von) 77.015
76. 74. Offenbach, Jacques 77.169
77. 124. Lasso, Orlando di 77.269
78. 130. Josquin Desprez 79.458
79. 77. Borodin, Alexander 81.175
80. 115. Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi da 81.194
81. 64. Milhaud, Darius 82.485
82. 63. Reger, Max 82.754
83. 69. Smetana, Bedrich 83.718
84. 68. Nielsen, Carl 85.399
85. 70. Walton, William 85.614
86. 94. Rameau, Jean-Phillippe 86.909
87. 106. Albeniz, Isaac 90.089
88. 89. Holst, Gustav 90.571
89. 85. Schütz, Heinrich 92.661
90. 97. Mascagni, Pietro 94.672
91. 73. Delius, Frederick 99.841
92. 101. Grainger, Percy 101.666
93. 62. Martinu, Bohuslav 102.030
94. 82. Corelli, Arcangelo 102.918
95. 160. Ligeti, Gyorgy Sandor 103.198
96. 125. Scarlatti, Alessandro 104.047
97. 104. Dowland, John 104.768
98. ---. Piazzolla, Astor 104.784
99. 105. Meyerbeer, Giacomo 105.250
100. 88. Buxtehude, Dieterich 108.066

et al.

[the full list ranks 500 composers]

Offline shostglass

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Re: ranking your favourite composer
«Reply #1 on: December 27, 2015, 12:07:34 PM »
1.Rachmaninoff/Chopin
2.Liszt
3.Ravel
4.Bach
5.Beethoven
6.Prokofiev
7.Sibilius
8.Mahler
9.Stravinsky
10.Shumann
11.Brahms
12.Mendelssohn
13.Tchaikovsky
14.Haydn
15.Sarasate

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Offline chopinlover01

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Re: ranking your favourite composer
«Reply #2 on: December 27, 2015, 10:58:02 PM »
Meh. I guess I'll do a Liszt of them...

1) Schubert
2) Chopin
3) Beethoven
4) Ravel
5) Liszt
6) Alkan
7) Rachmaninoff
8) Mozart
9) Debussy
10) Thalberg
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Offline pencilart3

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Re: ranking your favourite composer
«Reply #3 on: December 28, 2015, 02:20:03 AM »
Chopinlover, you can't do an 8 followed by a ) or else it turns into 8) I'm also surprised you didn't say Liadov for some "Cool piano street member" points.

1) Chopin (duh)
2) Liszt
3) Bach
4) Debussy
5) Mendelssohn

-- insert large gap here --

6) Mozart
7) Schubert
8. Beethoven
9) Ravel
10) Grieg
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Re: ranking your favourite composer
«Reply #4 on: December 28, 2015, 04:19:42 AM »
Duely noted.
I love Liadov, but I don't play enough of him to really understand and appreciate his style the way I do those composers on my list.
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Re: ranking your favourite composer
«Reply #5 on: December 28, 2015, 04:35:06 AM »
I love Liadov, but I don't play enough of him to really understand and appreciate his style the way I do those composers on my list.

There it is. ;)
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Re: ranking your favourite composer
«Reply #6 on: December 28, 2015, 08:18:07 AM »
What I listen to and enjoy most.

1: Beethoven (By far)
2: Bach (Rapidly catching up)
3: Chopin (Likely to stay here)
4: Schubert (May be overtaken by Liszt sometime)
5: Liszt (More amazing the more pieces I listen to)
6: Tchaikovsky (So enjoyable and fun)
7: Dvorak (Very pleasant to listen to.)
8: Mozart (The later Piano concertos and Symphonies)
9: Haydn (As for Dvorak. Just so nice to listen to.)
10: Rachmaninov/Clementi (About similar currently. Clementi is easily underrated)

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Re: ranking your favourite composer
«Reply #7 on: December 28, 2015, 10:27:34 PM »
There it is. ;)
I never claimed to play anything of Liadov's; I merely made a thread about how I love his music.
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Re: ranking your favourite composer
«Reply #8 on: December 30, 2015, 09:32:04 PM »
I gave creating a list a go:

tier 1

J.S. Bach
Beethoven
Berlioz
Bruckner
Francois Couperin
Giordano
Handel
F.J. Haydn
Charles Ives
Liszt
Mendelssohn
Mozart
Pergolesi
Prokofiev
Anton Rubinstein
Camille Saint-Saens
Domenico Scarlatti
Schoenberg
Schubert
Schumann
Stravinsky
Tchaikovsky
Alexander Tcherepnin
Mahler
Mascagni
Puccini
Shostakovich
Sorabji
Richard Strauss
Verdi
Wagner

tier 2

C.P.E. Bach
W.F. Bach
Aaron Copland
Debussy
Dvorak
Charles Griffes
Rachmaninoff
Bellini
Max Bruch
Busoni
Buxtehude
Chopin
Edward Elgar
Field
Cesar Franck
Grieg
Engelbert Humperdinck [not the singer]
Mompou
Ravel
Scriabin
Sibelius
Vivaldi
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Telemann

tier 3+

everyone else!

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Re: ranking your favourite composer
«Reply #9 on: December 30, 2015, 09:44:39 PM »
I amend my list. #10 should be Medtner, not Thalberg.
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Re: ranking your favourite composer
«Reply #10 on: December 31, 2015, 07:13:42 AM »
1. Chopin
2. Liszt
3. Rachmaninoff
4. Prokofiev
5. Beethoven
6. Ravel
7. Haydn
8. Mozart
9. Brahms
10. Schubert

This list changes frequently according to what I listen/play.
Currently Learning:
Liszt - Spanish Rhapsody
Brahms - Handel Variations and fugue
Beethoven - Appassionata sonata
Chopin - Etude op 10 no 2

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Re: ranking your favourite composer
«Reply #11 on: January 02, 2016, 01:44:44 PM »
1. Chopin
2. Franz Liszt
3. Beethoven
4. Rachmaninov
5. Paganini
6. Grieg
7. Vivaldi
8. Tchaikovsky
9. Mozart
10. Bach

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