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    Quote Originally Posted by Larkenfield View Post
    I find it of greater interest to try and sort out the controversy of who the listeners feel are the greatest of composers. favorites.
    There is no controversy because it's a list of favorite. Besides, the way you suggest would make this just another thread where folks argue back and forth with no resolution except that the more musically knowledgeable of members would appear more convincing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog View Post
    There is no controversy because it's a list of favorite. Besides, the way you suggest would make this just another thread where folks argue back and forth with no resolution except that the more musically knowledgeable of members would appear more convincing.
    I agree with this. Only a functioning, calibrated Greatness Meter can properly rank composers "objectively" and we have continuing problems here on TC to keep our meter both running and properly calibrated. People's favorite composers and favorite works are a whole 'nother thing, and people can't really argue about what you like and what I like--and it's fun to share.
    Last edited by Strange Magic; Nov-12-2019 at 13:36.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Rock View Post
    Please read the first post before posting or sending me a message.

    Let's try again in a slightly different way. I'd like to compile a list based on the personal preferences of as many TC members as are willing to participate (at least 30). Please only submit choices based on your own preference, not on how important a composer is/was, or how influential or popular or whatever.

    Please compile your personal top30 composers, and send them to me before 1/1/20. Do not post your list in this thread.

    You can choose between two options, and please mark which option you select in the message:

    [1] rank your top30 composers from 1 to 30 (do not add the numbers, just state "ranked from #1 onward" followed by a list of composers). I will assign points, from 40 for your #1, 38, 36, 34, 32 for your #2-5 respectively, and then stepping down one point at a time from 30 for your #6 to 6 for your #30. There is no option for stating that composers A and B share spot #15 and so on. You can list less than 30 composers in your ranking (but minimum 15), and they will receive points as stated from #1 onward.

    [2] just make a list of your top30 composers without ranking and state "not ranked" followed by a list of composers. I will assign 20 points to each composer in the list. There is no option for a partial ranking (like "here are my top 5 ranked and 25 others"). You can list less than 30 composers if you want (but minimum 15), and they will each get 20 points.

    When submitting your list, please make sure you do the following, or your choices will likely not be included because you make copying/pasting to a spreadsheet unnecessarily complicated:

    • Include the statement whether it is ranked or not ranked

    • Do not include numbers in the ranked list

    • Identify the composers by family name only

    • In case of doubt, add ", initial" after the family name *

    • Put each name on a new line


    * if you state "Bach", "Wagner", "Mozart", "Haydn", "Franck" and so on, I will assume it is the more famous of the possibilities. If you mean CPE Bach or Siegfried Wagner and so on, use the initial ("Bach, CPE", "Wagner, S", etc). In cases like Strauss, Scarlatti, Panufnik, Berkeley and so on, use the initial of the composer you want instead of assuming I will pick the right one.

    Do not post your choices in this thread until after the deadline of 1/1/20. After the deadline, feel free to share your submitted top30's in this thread. Until then, only use this thread to ask for clarifications, or (if you want) announce you sent your choices to me.

    I will give a regular update of numbers of submissions received (without compiling results). In January I will compile and post the results, including the points per listed composer and how often he/she was picked. Only composers that received at last three mentions will be included in the final list (of maximum 100 composers). The total number of composers in the list will depend on that of course.
    Probably time to post this again in the thread. We're now at 40 submissions.
    Last edited by Art Rock; Nov-12-2019 at 08:18.
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