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    Guerrero: Requiem (Missa pro defunctis) [1566, rev. 1582]

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    Terterian: Symphony #8 [1989]

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    Hummel: Clarinet Quartet in E flat major, WoO 5 [1808]

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    Denisov: The Sun of Incas [1964]

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    Holten: Handel with Care (Variations on Darwin) [2009]

    (This isn't a typo, by the way - the piece uses quotations from Handel)

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    Wetz: String Quartet #2 in E minor [1923]

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    Eötvös: Violin Concerto #2 "DoReMi" [2012]

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    Avison: Concerti Grossi after Scarlatti [1744]

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    Bruch: String Octet in B-flat [1920]

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    Our votes on the 107th tier selected the following works...

    To move up 2 to the 105th tier:
    Purcell: Ten Sonatas in Four Parts [1680]
    Rautavaara: Autumn Gardens [1999]
    Reger: Chorale Preludes (52), op. 67 [1902-3]
    Scheidt: Ludi Musici [1621]
    Schein: Banchetto Musicale [1617]
    Schein: Israelis Brünnlein [1623]
    Schmelzer: Sonatae unarum fidium [1664]
    Schumann: Fantasiestücke (3), op. 73 [1849]
    Schütz: Symphoniae Sacrae I [1629]
    Soler: Keyboard Sonatas [18th century]
    Stradella: San Giovanni Battista [1675]
    Strozzi: Cantate, ariette e duetti, op. 2 [1651]
    Takemitsu: I Hear the Water Dreaming [1987]
    Telemann: Fantasias for Solo Flute, TWV 40:2-13 [1733]
    Ventadorn: Can vei la lauzeta mover [12th cent.]
    Weinberg: Symphony #3, op. 45 [1949]

    To move up 1 to the 106th tier:
    Piccinini: Intavolatura di liuto et di chitarrone [c. 1623]
    Rautavaara: Percussion Concerto "Incantations" [2008]
    Richafort: Requiem in Memoriam Josquin Desprez [1532]
    Rochberg: String Quartet #5 [1978]
    Rore: Missa Doulce Memoire [16th century]
    Royer: Pièces de clavecin, 1746
    Saariaho: Circle Map [2012]
    Saariaho: Orion [2002]
    Saygun: Viola Concerto, op. 59 [1977]
    Schnittke: Symphony #8 [1994]
    Schütz: Kleine geistliche Konzerte, SWV 282-337 [1636, 1639]
    Scriabin: Poèmes [1903-1914]
    Sculthorpe: Cello Dreaming [1998]
    Seixas: Keyboard Sonatas [18th century]
    Sheppard: Gaude gaude gaude Maria virgo [c. 1559]
    Sköld: Symphony #2, op. 36 [1937]
    Suk: Praga (Prague), Symphonic Poem, op. 26 [1904]
    Suk: Symphony #1 in E, op. 14 [1899]
    Szymanowski: Love Songs of Hafiz, opp. 24 & 26 [1911-14]
    Tcherepnin, A.: Piano Concerto #4, op. 78 "Fantaisie" [1947]
    Thibaut IV: Chançon ferai car talent m'en est pris [1234 or earlier]
    Tippett: Concerto for Double String Orchestra [1939]
    Turina: Sonata for Guitar, op. 61 [1931]
    Vaet: Missa Ego flos campi [16th century]
    Vasks: Concerto for English Horn [1989]
    Vaughan Williams: Tuba Concerto in F minor [1954]
    Visée: Pièces de Théorbe et de Luth [1716]
    Zemlinsky: String Quartet #3, op. 19 [1924]
    Zwilich: Symphony #1 "Three Movements for Orchestra" [1982]

    To remain on the 107th tier:
    Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata #1 in D minor, op. 28 [1908]
    Röntgen-Maier: Violin Concerto in D minor [1875]
    Saariaho: Io [1987]
    Saint-Saëns: Phaéton, op. 39 [1873]
    Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto #3 in E flat, op. 29 [1869]
    Say: Cello Sonata "Four Cities" [2012]
    Saygun: Yunus Emre, op. 28 [1942]
    Schumann: Das Paradies und die Peri, op. 50 [1843]
    Sessions: Symphony #3 [1957]
    Strauss, R.: Piano Quartet in C minor, op. 13 [1884]
    Vivaldi: Credo, RV 591 [c. 1713-17]

    To move down 1 to the 108th tier:
    Rădulescu: String Quartet #5, op. 89 "before the universe was born" [1990-1995]
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    Quote Originally Posted by science View Post
    So I just added up the top 60 tiers (which have the top 1000 works), giving a work 125 points on tier 1, 124 points on tier 2, and so on, to find out how highly we rank each composer. This method is of course highly scientific and altogether unquestionable, impeccable, infallible, divine -- nay, let us shrink not from declaring it, in unison with the angels, objective.
    I have now done the top 88 tiers (as of 2021 Apr 18), which have the top 2000 works, and the ranking now stands at:

    1. Beethoven
    2. Bach, JS
    3. Mozart
    4. Brahms
    5. Haydn, J
    6. Schubert
    7. Shostakovich
    8. Debussy
    9. Schumann
    10. Dvorak
    11. Prokofiev
    12. Bartok
    13. Tchaikovsky
    14. Ravel
    15. Sibelius
    16. Vaughan Williams
    17. Stravinsky
    18. Mendelssohn
    19. Mahler
    20. Faure
    21. Chopin
    22. Rachmaninoff
    23. Ligeti
    24. Liszt
    25. Schoenberg
    26. Strauss R
    27. Wagner
    28. Scriabin
    29. Messiaen
    30. Barber
    31. Handel
    32. Saint-Saens
    33. Elgar
    34. Martinu
    35. Nielsen
    36. Schnittke
    37. Janacek
    38. Bruckner
    39 (tie). Poulenc, Webern
    41. Berg
    42. Berlioz
    43. Dohnanyi
    44. Britten
    45. Copland
    46. Ives
    47. Boulez
    48. Lutoslawski
    49 (tie). Grieg, Hindemith
    51. Hummel
    52. Josquin
    53. Verdi
    54 (tie). Franck, Vivaldi
    56. Carter
    57. Monteverdi
    58. Medtner
    59. Bruch
    60 (tie). Puccini, Respighi
    62. Reger
    63. Rimsky-Korsakov
    64. Finzi
    65. Glass
    66 (tie). Cage, Takemitsu
    68. Adams, John
    69. Glazunov
    70. Nono
    71. Chausson
    72. Gubaidulina
    73. Palestrina
    74. Honegger
    75. Rautavaara
    76. Byrd
    77. Feldman
    78. Dutilleux
    79. Webern
    80. Rameau
    81. Pärt
    82. Borodin
    83. Smetana
    84. Purcell
    85 (tie). Gershwin, Ockeghem
    87 (tie). Biber, Bloch
    89. Enescu
    90. Mussorgsky
    91. Kodaly
    92. Bridge
    93. Xenakis
    94 (tie). Bax, Reich
    96. Lassus
    97. Varese
    98. Saariaho
    99. Raff
    100. Atterberg
    101. Walton
    102. Villa-Lobos
    103. Zemlinski
    104. Szymanowski
    105. Bizet
    106. Machau
    107. Bach CPE
    108 (tie). Dowland, Sculthorpe
    110. Khachaturian
    111. Myaskovsky
    112 Scarlatti D
    113. Dufay
    114. Suk
    115. Stockhausen
    116. Moeran
    117. Crumb
    118. Buxtehude
    119. Schutz
    121. Victoria
    122. Strauss J II
    123. Rodrigo
    124 (tie). Bernstein, Zelenka
    126. Penderecki
    127. Falla
    128 (tie). Arensky, Boccherini
    130. Albeniz
    131. Abrahamsen
    132 (tie). Babbitt, Berio
    134. Holst
    135. Magnard
    136. Cherubini
    137. Gesualdo
    138. Arnold
    139 (tie). Hahn, Taneyev
    141. Donizetti
    142. Hovhaness
    143. Chin
    144. Gounod
    145 (tie). Beach, Tallis
    147. Vasks
    148 (tie). Ginastera, Wolf
    150. Couperin
    151 (tie). Lalo, Satie
    153 (tie). Haas GF, Paganini
    155. Hildegard
    156. Weinberg
    157. Granados
    158 (tie). Furrer, Perotin
    160. Gernsheim
    161. Koechlin
    162. Alkan
    164 (tie). Corelli, Schuman
    166. Balakirev
    167 (tie). Alfven, Wellesz
    168. Gliere
    169. Froberger
    170. Rzewski
    171. Charpentier
    172. Dukas
    173. Telemann
    174. Butterworth
    175 (tie). Arriaga, Rossini
    177. Milhaud
    178. Schmidt
    179 (tie). Bliss, Gabrieli
    181 (tie). Albinoni, Korngold
    183. Murail
    184. Langaard
    185 (tie). Leifs, Revueltas, Taverner
    188 (tie). Busoni, Rheinberger
    190. Gluck
    191. Glinka
    192. Farrenc
    193 (tie). Pachelbel, Rubinstein
    195 (tie). Kancheli, Riley
    197 (tie). Pergolesi, Spohr
    199 (tie). Kabalevsy, Offenbach
    201 (tie). Kurtag, Yoshimatsu
    203 (tie). Piazzolla, Stenhammar
    205. Alwyn
    206. Delius
    207 (tie). Gorecki, Indy
    209 (tie) Canteloube, Vierne
    211. Warlock
    212. Tavener
    213. Durufle
    214. Lindberg
    215 (tie). Allegri, Grofe
    217 (tie). Grainger, Orff
    219. Martin
    220. Pierne
    221. Andriessen, Kalinnikov
    223. Wuorinen
    224 (tie). Fibich, Ornstein, Tveitt
    227 (tie). Richter, Tubin
    229. Pettersson
    230. Scelsi
    231 (tie). Brumel, Godowski
    233. Antheil
    234 (tie). Caldara, Rott
    236 (tie). Rebel, Romitelli, Ruggles
    239. Crawford Seeger
    240 (tie). Moszkowski, Sarasate
    242. Gombert
    243 (tie). Grisey, Lauridsen, Nancarrow
    246 (tie). Hanson, Lekeu, Rochberg, Ropartz, Wieniawski
    251 (tie). Harvey, Ketelbey, Leoncavallo, Partch
    255 (tie). Bowen, Casella, Tyberg
    258 (tie). Alfonso, Berwald, Ten Holt
    261 (tie). Bantock, Bellini, Braga Santos, Gras, Howells, Kraus
    267 (tie). Abel, Adam de la Halle, Ibert, Wiren
    271 (tie). Adams JL, Beatriz de Dia, Chabrier, Corigliano, Field, Mascagni, Ysaye
    278 (tie). Golijov, Hartmann
    280. Mompou
    281 (tie). Clarke, Dhomont, Humperdinck, Ippolitov-Ivanov, Jongen, Shebalin, Tartini
    288 (tie). Beppe, Lucier, Norman
    291 (tie). Frescobaldi, Lawes, Praetorius, Reimann, Sousa
    296 (tie). Caccini, Paderewski, Rihm, Tye, Young
    301. Susato
    302 (tie). Andreae, Pelecis, Reicha
    305 (tie). Adam, Rorem
    307 (tie). Birtwistle, Harris, Locatelli
    310 (tie). Anderson, Browne, Bryars, Jolivet, Lachenmann, Lyadov, Mathieu, Nyman, Scharwenka, Shchedrin, Zimmerman
    321 (tie). Bacewicz, Duparc, Ireland, Kernis, Obrecht, Ries, Saygun, Weill, Widor
    330 (tie). Boulanger (L), Brian, Kreisler, Sauer, Tarrega
    335 (tie). Bomtempo, Chavez, Haydn (M), Juon, Leonin, Norgard, Reubke, Roussel, Striggio, Suppe
    345 (tie). Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Moncayo, Teixeira
    348 (tie). Ades, Erkin, Ostertag, Vine
    352 (tie). Bull, Gottschalk, Lieberson, Zimmerli
    356 (tie). Billone, Clementi, Massenet, Neuwirth, Roman, Shankar, Waldteufel
    363 (tie). Ge, Goldmark, Hure, Monn, Mouton, Wylkynson
    369 (tie). Addinsell, Crusell, Dennehy, Gautier de Coincy, Lehar, MacDowell, Morales, Mosolov, Piston, Popov, Rangstrom, Rontgen, Schuller, Sheppard, Willan
    384 (tie). Boito, Carpenter, Cavalli, Ciurlionis, Heinichen, Landini, Mondonville, Schmitt

    The fact that Rangstrom and Rontgen are tied confirms the validity of the method.
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    Ruehr: Cloud Atlas [2011]

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    Myaskovsky: String Quartet #11 in E-flat, op. 67/2 "Reminiscences" [1945]

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    Reger - Sinfonietta, Op. 90 [1904-1905]

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    Veress: Diptych for Wind Quintet [1968]

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