My ten most favourite composers

I’ve often thought about this particular question, and usually give up because it’s not a very easy one to answer! Well, lately I’ve given it some more thought, and if I don’t at least get it written down, then I’ll have no way of seeing how my interests change over time.

Just about any list of favourite composers will have to feature Mozart, Beethoven and others, but that doesn’t mean that I should omit them because they are essential. Even though these two characters ought to appear in any self-respecting aficionado’s “top ten”, I reckon that it’s the other composers one chooses to include in such a list that says the most about their musical tastes. So here goes…

  1. Ludwig van Beethoven
  2. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  3. Johann Sebastian Bach
  4. Georg Friedrich Handel
  5. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  6. Jean Sibelius
  7. Gustav Mahler
  8. Sergei Rachmaninov
  9. Johannes Brahms
  10. Antonio Vivaldi

After the first five, the ordering becomes academic, and not being able to include more is almost criminal, but my list of runners up would include: Falla, Vaughan Williams, Grieg, Haydn, Khachaturian, Ravel, Rimsky-Korsakov and Richard Strauss. Who knows, perhaps when I next review this list, I may elevate some of the runners up and demote one or two of the top ten (which all depends upon who I might have recently played to death :-)

Edit on 9/Aug/2015:

After a decade’s worth of thorough consideration I’d have to revise the list thusly:

  1. Johann Sebastian Bach
  2. Joseph Haydn
  3. Georg Friedrich Handel
  4. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  5. Ludwig van Beethoven
  6. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  7. Jean Sibelius
  8. Gustav Mahler
  9. Sergei Rachmaninov
  10. Johannes Brahms

Sorry, Vivaldi, but you had to go in order to make way for a dreadful omission: Haydn!