Saturday, May 3, 2014

Wanna Get in a Fight?

If you do, play the greatest composers of all times game. Here's the first list I encountered in a Google search on the subject:

1. Bach
2. Mozart
3. Beethoven
4. Wagner
5. Schubert
6. Schumann
7. Chopin
8. Listz
9. Brahms
10. Verdi
11. Mahler
12. Tchaikovsky
13. Rachmaninov
14. Handel
15. Haydn

Haydn at 15? Are you kidding me?

Here's the next (NY Times) and the next (History Lists) and the next (Top Tens) and the next (Discogs):

1. Bach                 1. Bach                 1. Beethoven
2. Beethoven            2. Mozart               2. Mozart
3. Mozart               3. Beethoven            3. Bach
4. Schubert             4. Verdi                4. Chopin
5. Debussy              5. Tchaikovsky          5. Tchaikovsky
6. Stravinsky           6. Chopin               6. Vivaldi
7. Brahms               7. Vivaldi              7. Haydn
8. Verdi                8. Puccini              8. Schubert
9. Wagner               9. Handel               9. Brahms
10. Bartok              10. Stravinsky          10. Handel

1. Bach
2. Mozart
3. Beethoven
4. Wagner
5. Haydn
6. Brahms
7. Schubert
8. Schumann
9. Handel
10. Tchaikovsky

Notice that there's no disagreement about the Holy Trinity at the top. But after that, it's Katy, bar the door. I'm not going to put a list out there. Suffice it to say my top ten would definitely have Franz Joseph Haydn, and it would not have Tchaikovsky.

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