The NY times did a meticulous investigation, hand in hand with the music critic Anthony Tomassini that completes a list of the 10 best composers of classical music of the history. But we need to have in mind that every list is subjective, and this one is not an exception. But Tomassini, classical music critic of the NY times, has a lot of knowledge of this matter, so we can understand that he had to refine his judgment by experience. And Into Sheets brings to you that list, friends!
“If you try to compile a list of the 10 greatest composers in history, how would you proceed? For me the point is not in the resulting list, but in the fact that immersing yourself in this process can be highly instructive and clarifying, as well as exasperating and fun “says Tomassini.
After having ventilated the project to which he would dedicate the next week of his life, Tomassini invited the readers of the newspaper to propose, preferably with arguments, composers that should be included in the list. And after having processed the feedback of the public, he finally announced his expected selection:
1. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
The place of honor goes to Bach for his “incomparable combination of masterfully managing musical engineering and a deep expressiveness”
2. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
“Despite not having Mozart’s technique […] his works were so bold and indestructible that they can survive a misinterpretation.”
3. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
“Possessing a relentless technical facility, Mozart, one of the two most popular composers, coined an exquisite orchestral work and, if that were not enough, he had a second innovative career in the composition of operas.”
4. Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828)
“You have to love a guy who died at the age of 31 sick, in misery and marginalized by all but a small group of friends who admired him.” For his hundreds of solitary compositions, Schubert is a central figure in the lives of concerts”
5. Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
“With a pioneering harmonic language, the sensual beauty of its sound and its extravagant Freudian instinct, it was the bridge through which music continued on its way into the 20th century.”
6. Igor Stravinski (1882-1971)
“The day that Stravinski died it was as if the music floor itself collapsed.”
7. Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
“At times he was torn between his attempt to expand the Classical heritage with progressive approaches to new lands, and what he did best (symphonies and concerts, chamber works and piano solos) have the exciting greatness and extravagance of Beethoven.
8. Giussepe Verdi (1813-1901)
“The fact that a new production of Verdi’s opera can provoke such heartfelt passions among audiences around the world is a testament to its perennial wealth.”
9. Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
“The Ring cycle has become an entry letter for any opera company that wants to be respected, the last 20 minutes of Die Walküre could be the saddest beautiful music ever composed.”
10. Béla Bartók (1881-1945)
“He taught another path, an amalgam of tonality, unorthodox scales and atonal wonders.”
What do you think about this list? Do you agree with Tomassini? How would you do this list? Tell us in the comment!