The Greatest Composers: According to You & The New York Times

Antho­ny Tom­masi­ni, the chief music crit­ic for the New York Times, has start­ed the year with a play­ful way of find­ing out “what makes great music great?” To answer the ques­tion, he has invit­ed read­ers to make a list of the Top 10 com­posers in his­to­ry. And that invites answers to a series of sec­ondary ques­tions: “Should influ­ence mat­ter, or just the works them­selves? What about pop­u­lar­i­ty? Are there any objec­tive cri­te­ria?” The Times will actu­al­ly post a bal­lot next week. (Keep an eye on the Arts­Beat blog.) But, in the mean­time, Tom­masi­ni has kicked off the project by post­ing a video (above) focus­ing on the tow­er­ing Baroque com­pos­er, J.S. Bach. And, speak­ing of Bach, don’t miss our pre­vi­ous post show­ing where you can down­load the com­plete organ works of Johann Sebas­t­ian Bach for free.  Thanks to Joshua and Robin for the tip on the NYTimes project!

Relat­ed Con­tent:

How a Bach Canon Works

A Young Glenn Gould Plays Bach

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  • Mark says:

    There was a series of arti­cles by Ben­jamin Carl­son on the Atlantic web site this past spring about lis­ten­ing to clas­si­cal music that I liked and touched on sim­i­lar themes as Tom­masi­ni:

    Carl­son writes with much more enthu­si­asm for his project, and is less con­de­scend­ing.

  • Dan Colman says:

    Thanks Mark, it’s good to know about that Atlantic series. Just start­ed check­ing it out.


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