Personally, I like this list, I don't think it as the 100 most elaborate/musically creative/moving works but rather as the most popular and critically acclaimed works.
DavidMahler could be more precise about this but I think the works are selected based on:
- their fame (how often they are played and the number of recording)
- their likeness to be appreciated by a large public e.g. Schoenberg's late works are innovative but generally not appreciated.
- historical importance.
- their intrinsical qualiies of course.
From my limited experience classical and romantic eras are the best known amonsgt the general population, and most classical music lovers have nice collection of classical, romantic works plus some Bach. Other baroque Modern and contemporary works are a bit scarcer. Simply put, I don't think there are a lot of people who like 20th century classical music without liking classical and romantic era pieces.
Historically speaking, classical music is less important in the 20th century that it has been before, hence a revolutionnary work in classical music in the 20th is less important in the history of music than the same kind of work a century before. On the other hand, one could argue this argument is irrelevant since we are only dealing with classical music. But, I think David chose the former option.
I think this explain pretty well the bias of this list. David, I think your list is great but it deserves an better explanation of the criteria you used to make it and a more accurate name.
And could you edit the post and use a smaller font, its a bit big for lower resolutions screens. And if it's not too much to ask for, would you make an alternative version using the same works but classed by genre (symphonies, concertos, chamber music, solo, operas...). I would do it but I'm not sure of the categories.
Considering how many (a lot in fact) tracks of the Star wars OST were inspired by classical music and the fame of the sountrack, should it be added to your list as a 20th century work?
Don't worry I was just joking