New York Times writer Anthony Tommasini has opened the flood gates on public opinion. In his January 7th article, he imagines creating a Top 10 list of composers of all time and starts pitting Bach against Handel (assuming only one could make the list). In his follow-up he names the "Vienna Four": Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. With no lack of space in the digital world, comments on Facebook, Twitter and emails Classical MPR hosts have already begun flowing. So here's your chance: What does your Top 10 list look like? Don't be shy!
Update: Who will make the 20th Century list?
mine are the obvious: bach, beethoven, mozart, brahms, mahler, stravinsky, verdi, wagner. and then the not so obvious: schoenberg + korngold. :)
My list starts with Rachmaninoff. Add to that, in no particular order: Brahms, Schumann, Copland, Ravel, Prokofiev, Poulenc, Beethoven, Berlioz, Bizet.
Sure. . .I'll play. . .Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, R. Strauss, Mahler, Elgar, Berg, Stravinsky, Shostakovich.
Guided by the principle of what I most like to hear (as opposed to influence on others, place in history, etc.):
Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Rodrigo, Mozart, Shostakovich, Bach, Puccini, Brahms, Schubert, Rachmaninoff.
Dvorak, Sibelius, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Hovhaness, R. Strauss, and Wagner.
I can't agree with his elimination of Monteverdi, who really started modern (and theatrical) music for us, and I don't think it's possible to really limit it to ten, but here goes: Hildegard of Bingen, Monteverdi, Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner, Puccini, Berg, Britten
Here's my (admittedly biased) list: Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Mahler, Berg, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Copland. (The last two are quite honestly, debatable. However their music reaches so many people on so many levels I am going to have to put them in there).