It's sad because she may have had the musical potential to stand with the others but was marred by societal expectations, responsibilities as a wife and a mother, her concert career, and self-doubtThis thread looks familiar, but I'll contribute - Bach by a large margin over all others.
By the way, Clara Schumann stands out here like a sore thumb.
I'm just saying that Clara Schumann is not popular, but the four I mentioned are. Monteverdi-- probably the most famous early music composer, and a real innovator. Shostakovich-- one of the most popular 20th century composers, with famous symphonies and a well-regarded set of string quartets. Schoenberg-- influential, and many like his music. Bruckner-- not that popular among casual CM fans but popular enough here that he could get a vote or two.Or "Why did you put Chopin and Rachmaninov on the list instead of Tippett and Judith Weir?"