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Who are the greats of Classical Music?
4 weeks, exactly 4 weeks it took me to draw up this sort of ranking, which is not a ranking, but it is an attempt to clarify more to myself than to others on who could be the greatest composer of all time

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4 weeks, exactly 4 weeks it took me to draw up this sort of ranking, which is not a ranking, but it is an attempt to clarify more to myself than to others on who could be the greatest composer of all time, excluding the living - I feel I can better appreciate composers from a greater time distance to have the best perspective.

I had a lot of criticism while writing this list, however I thought the best approach was to make a list, a list of 10, and from there I started inserting and parading composers and I was really surprised with how ardently the my friends and co-workers cheered on my attempt.

I found myself arguing about how absurd this work was or whether to leave Debussy or Ligeti or even Brahms out rather than Verdi and whether they should be off the Monteverdi or Wagner list and this forced me to reflect and question the whole notion of size.

What does greatness mean in classical music?
The term classical music refers to cultured, sacred and profane music, which roughly embraces a period of time starting from the 11th century and extending up to the 20th century, depending on conventions, up to the contemporary age. Today the term "classical music" can also be referred to the musical period called Classicism, but in the common language the expression is understood in its broadest meaning (as opposed to pop or popular music). What today is called "classical" was not so when it was composed.
So the very term "classical music" risks making this vibrant art form seem dead. Among other things, "greatness" and "seriousness" are not distinctive characteristics of classical music; in many cases it can be stupid, vulgar, even insane.

So, I went ahead with my head down because making a ranking makes these composers monumental, lively and compelling presences.

So just trying to put them in competition makes them current and present! New York Times music critic Anthony Tommasini also embarked on a challenging project to select the most important composers of all time. Drawing up such a ranking in the field of classical and symphonic music, as he himself acknowledges, is unusual and open to criticism. So in fact it was both for him, a giant, and for me.
But this is it!

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Reference work: Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)

Reference work: Clarinet Concerto in A major, K.622

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Reference work: Sinfonie Nr. 9

Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828)

Reference work: String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor (Death and the Maiden), D. 810

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

Reference work: Creation

Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)

Reference work: Và Pensiero (Nabucco)

Claude Achille Debussy (1862-1918)

Reference work: Préludes, No. 5 - Les Collines d'Anacapri

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)

Reference work: The Firebird

Bela Bartok (1881-1945)

Reference work: Piano Concerto No. 2

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Reference work: Hungarian Dance No. 7

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Reference work: Le Quatro Stagioni, Estate - Presto

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