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"The Great Composers - The All-Eras All-Star Extravaganza" - Discussion Thread

Nine Quarter-Final games consisting of 20 composers with the top six from each advancing to the Semi-Finals.

Three Semi-Final games consisting of 18 composers with the top six from each advancing to the Final.

The composers selected represent the results of the original five "Great Composers" series of games -

45 Semi-Finalists from the "20th & 21st Century Era" games.

30 Semi-Finalists from the "Romantic Era" games.

20 Finalists from the "Classical Era" games.

20 Finalists from the "Baroque Era" games.

20 Finalists from the "Medieval & Renaissance Era" games

30 Additional composers curated from the original Quarter-Final series who did not advance to the next level but whose gameplay was consistently competitive enough to merit inclusion and 15 composers who were overlooked in the initial selection process for a grand total of 180 composers

Note: The point totals needed to end the game have been increased to 200 points for the Quarter-Final rounds and, if necessary, both the Semi-Finals and Final will be increased further.

"The Great Composers - The All-Eras All-Star Extravaganza" - Quarter-Finals - Game 1 of 9 - will begin play on Monday, October 17, 2022.

Game 1 -

Malcolm Arnold
C.P.E. Bach
Johann Christian Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach
Samuel Barber
Béla Bartók
Arnold Bax
Amy Beach
Ludwig van Beethoven
Alban Berg
Hector Berlioz
Leonard Bernstein
Franz Berwald
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber
Hildegard von Bingen
Harrison Birtwistle
Georges Bizet
Luigi Boccherini
Alexander Borodin
Pierre Boulez

Game 2 -

Johannes Brahms
Benjamin Britten
Anton Bruckner
Dieterich Buxtehude
William Byrd
John Cage
Elliott Carter
Cécile Chaminade
Ernest Chausson
Luigi Cherubini
Unsuk Chin
Frédéric Chopin
Anna Clyne
Gloria Coates
Loyset Compère
Aaron Copland
Arcangelo Corelli
Francois Couperin
Peter Maxwell Davies
Claude Debussy

Game 3 -

John Dowland
Guillaume Du Fay
Henri Dutilleux
Antonin Dvorak
Edward Elgar
Manuel de Falla
Gabriel Fauré
Morton Feldman
Brian Ferneyhough
Gerald Finzi
César Franck
Girolamo Frescobaldi
Johann Jakob Froberger
Giovanni Gabrieli
George Gershwin
Carlo Gesualdo
Orlando Gibbons
Alberto Ginastera
Alexander Glazunov
Christoph Willibald Gluck

Game 4 -

Henryk Górecki
François Joseph Gossec
Enrique Granados
Edvard Grieg
Sofia Gubaidulina
Hildur Guðnadóttir
George Frideric Handel
Johann Adolph Hasse
Joseph Haydn
Michael Haydn
Johann David Heinichen
Hans Werner Henze
Jennifer Higdon
Paul Hindemith
Arthur Honegger
Heinrich Isaac
Charles Ives
Leoš Janáček
Dmitry Kabalevsky
Leopold Koželuch

Game 5 -

Joseph Martin Kraus
Franz Krommer
György Kurtág
Orlande de Lassus
Pietro Locatelli
György Ligeti
Franz Liszt
Jean-Baptiste Lully
Witold Lutoslawski
Guillaume de Machaut
Albéric Magnard
Gustav Mahler
Bohuslav Martinů
Missy Mazzoli
Nikolai Medtner
Felix Mendelssohn
Olivier Messiaen
Meredith Monk
Claudio Monteverdi
Cristóbal de Morales

Game 6 -

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Georg Muffat
Tristan Murail
Modest Mussorgsky
Carl Nielsen
Jacob Obrecht
Johannes Ockeghem
George Onslow
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Arvo Pärt
Krzysztof Penderecki
Allan Pettersson
Rachel Portman
Francis Poulenc
Josquin des Prez
Sergei Prokofiev
Giacomo Puccini
Henry Purcell
Sergei Rachmaninoff
Joachim Raff

Game 7 -

Jean-Philippe Rameau
Shulamit Ran
Einojuhani Rautavaara
Maurice Ravel
Max Reger
Anton Reicha
Ottorino Respighi
Franz Xaver Richter
Ferdinand Ries
Wolfgang Rihm
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Cipriano de Rore
Gioachino Rossini
Kaija Saariaho
Camille Saint-Saëns
Domenico Scarlatti
Franz Schmidt
Alfred Schnittke
Arnold Schönberg
Franz Schubert

Game 8 -

Robert Schumann
Heinrich Schütz
Alexander Scriabin
Caroline Shaw
Dmitri Shostakovich
Jean Sibelius
Bedřich Smetana
Fernando Sor
John Stanley
Karlheinz Stockhausen
Richard Strauss
Igor Stravinsky
Karol Szymanowski
Germaine Tailleferre
Tōru Takemitsu
Thomas Tallis
John Taverner
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Georg Philipp Telemann
Augusta Read Thomas

Game 9 -

Anna Thorvaldsdottir
Joan Tower
Christopher Tye
Tomas Luis de Victoria
Heitor Villa-Lobos
Edgard Varèse
Giuseppe Verdi
Antonio Vivaldi
Melinda Wagner
Richard Wagner
William Walton
Anton Webern
Mieczysław Weinberg
Judith Weir
Egon Wellesz
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Julia Wolfe
Iannis Xenakis
Jan Dismas Zelenka
Alexander Zemlinsky

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The greatest (most popular?) composers of all time? Nice. I may be wrong but I'll bet the Romantics win most sets.
The decision to use the word "Great" rather than "Greatest" was intentional - We are endeavoring to express the perception of "greatness" within this multiplicity of composers rather than as a means of identifying and labeling an individual - The intended concept is an attempt to represent and judge those composers who have elevated craftmanship into true artistry.

Having said that, this is still a series of competitions which require players to vote with numbers sufficient enough to advance the composers from one round of games to the next. At the end, there will be Final game with 18 clearly numbered composers - That numbering order from 1 through 18 can be interpreted in any number of ways by any number of players - If someone wants to claim that these are the "greatest" and are numbered in descending order of perceived artistry or if someone wants to collectively think of the Final 18 or the 54 who make the Semi-Finals or even the 180 who were entered into the Quarter-Finals as "great" - that is their choice.

Each person can approach these games in the manner of their own choosing - My role is to create the concept, establish the structure and format of the games, somehow manage them without losing my temper despite being almost relentlessly provoked, and finally, to have everyone leave this series of games less happy than they were when they arrived and to vacate the premises with something to bitterly complain about as a lovely parting gift - :LOL:

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Game 1 of the Quarter-Finals is now live and can be found here -


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I'd say that seeding the composers alphabetically might eventually have better composers frozen out of the next round, while lesser composers are included due to the lack of serious competition in their group.

But, then again, grouping them alphabetically is a rather random thing too.
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