I never said Bach was boring, I just don't rate him greater than Beethoven. What separates Bach from his contemporaries is a finer ability at counterpoint and, more importantly to *me*, a better natural melodic gift. "The" gift, as someone like Tchaikovsky would say. If you are just absolutely in love with contrapuntal writing, then you'll probably like Bach better than Beethoven and Mozart. But if you don't, then you probably put him on less of a pedestal, and then others get a chance to jump over him. There's tons of Bach I like; there's tons of Beethoven I like. But at the end of the day after debating "greatness," I go put on a playlist of Mozart slow movements
Fair enough my friend, fair enough... :)
But as long as you understand- my taste in music is better than yours!
And just for laughs, here's my top ten composers in respect to greatness. All in my (very important and informed) opinion. :D (because I'm bored at work and everyone is p*ssing about dressed up for easter. WTF has batman got to do with the rebirth of Jesus???)
Anyways here goes...
1 - Telemann (JOKING) It's Bach of course!! Who else??? No one even comes close in terms of technical ability and writing good tunes! (see my blog above)
2 - Beethoven. Probably the most loved mind and soul of any composer. His music has sent more shivers up my spine and filled my eyes with tears more than any other.
3- Mozart. - If you don't like Mozart then you don't like music. Simple as. His gift for character building and story telling is astonishing. His Operas are masterpieces of western culture.
4- Schubert - If all Schubert had wrote was songs then he would still be number 4. His talent for songwriting and touching deep into the dark side of humanity was groundbreaking. And still unsurpassed.
5.- Brahms - There aren't many composers where everything they wrote is perfect. But Brahms is a close contender for this... Carrying on from Beethoven he took the Germanic classical form further still. All in a very tasteful and intellectual way. Some people get Brahms - some don't. But that's not Brahms fault.
6. Prokofiev - Probably the most talented composer since Mozart and still to be fully appreciated imo. He created masterpieces in every genre of classical music from sonatas to concertos to symphonies and opera. No other composer has done this as great since Mozart.
7. Tchaikovsky - Imagine a world without Tchaikovsky.... Lets not! Underneath the obvious gift for melody that we all whistle, lies a complex personality. The greatest Ballet composer, but it is his Symphonies and chamber works that speak to me in a musical language that is far from magical and childlike. Still a very misunderstood composer.
8. Haydn - Often over shadowed by the popularity of Mozart these days, but we wouldn't have a Mozart or Beethoven as we know them without Haydn. His mammoth output contains some of the greatest classical music ever written. It's a shame that a lot of us can't find the time to look past his more celebrated works.
9. Wagner - Misunderstood or not, no one can dispute his genius. Who else could write a 14 hour long opera that contains so much intellectual substance along with some of the most inventive orchestral music ever penned. Music that weaves a multi- layered story telling that has perplexed both music lovers and intellectuals alike for nearly two centuries.
10. Chopin - The greatest piano writer of the romantic period. Stretched the instrument to its limits without creating art for art's sake. His works are often melancholic but uplifting. A troubled man that created some of the worlds most beautiful music.
(All in good fun and if your fave is not on the list, please don't be offended as it is only my opinion.)