I was wondering would anyone be able to name some of the most prolific composers. I know that Telemann is top of the list usually. If you knew somewhere on the web where number of each composer's works was given that would also be great. Who springs to mind?
Radio announcer: And now, the 2, 459th symphony of Joseph Haydn, the "Jellyfish SYmphony."
Don't forget his 2500 string quartets, 1890 piano sonatas, 484 operas, 6400 songs, 1450 string trios, 101 oratorios, 745, violin concertos, and 326 piano concertos. In fact he wrote so much the publishers couldn't keep with him. They tried to slow him down using sedatives but all to no avail. He kept on spewing them out. Of course, 99% of his stupendous output never saw the light of day in his own lifetime, but was kept for posterity. It provided a ready source of material for other later "composers" (joke) to mine from, more or less at will. In fact, one theory gaining increasing currency in some musicological circles is that there was no need for any new music until about 1943, and it's all Haydn's up to that date (obviously tarted up in minor fashion to suit the current fashions of the day). So, the greatest symphonists were definitely Haydn, Haydn, Haydn, and Haydn. All the rest were mere scoundrels (not even second raters).
I am shocked at the bad comments on the great Sibelius - one of the greatest symphonists. I was looking at Mozart symphonies which including the unnumbered is over 50. Slacker. I heard once that Martinu wrote way too much and as they usually say in these situations - of uneven quality.
Hovhaness... I have never heard his music. I must check him out.
Oh no...Tapkaara's not going to like this statement.
Je dis ça seulement pour faire rigoler, Sibelius n'a rien de reprochable, même si je n'aime pas de tout ses symphonies, je reconnais qu'il était maître de sa musique et un trés important compositeur du genre.