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Favorites vs Greatest

Discussion in 'Arts & Entertainment' started by Fifty, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. Fifty

    Fifty !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sep 3, 2004
    an ecovillage in madagascar
    I'm going to discuss this in terms of classical music, but you're free to make your favorite vs greatest list for any other art, musical or otherwise.

    Does your top 5 favorite list with respect to some art differ from your judgment of the top 5 greatest list with respect to that art? It does for me.

    My favorite 5 composers:

    1) Bach
    2) Faure
    3) Chopin
    4) Schubert
    5) Haydn

    5 Greatest composers in my judgment:

    1) Bach
    2) Beethoven
    3) Mozart
    4) Wagner
    5) Haydn / Tchaikovsky (I can't decide which belongs here)

    So what are some top 5's where your favorites list and your greatest list are different?

    Don't ask me to define "greatest". I guess I just mean creativity, aesthetic splendor, and cognitive power.
  2. SpiritWolf

    SpiritWolf Chieftain

    Mar 14, 2006
    I define "greatness" for an artist by how well they are regarded by the audience of their respective genre. Hence for classical composers, I consider "greatness" by how well they are regarded by those who listen to and enjoy classical intensely.

    My preferences:
    1. Brahms
    2. Beethoven
    3. Chopin
    4. JS Bach
    5. One of Schubert, Tchaikovsky, and Mahler

    My belief of greatest:
    1. JS Bach (The god)
    2. Mozart and Beethoven (The demigods, and probably the biggest divide in classical preferences)
    4. Brahms and Wagner (Titans of the 19th century)

    and afterwards

    6. One of Haydn, Schubert, and Handel (Other top members of the top tier)

    1&2 form the god tier, and 4&6 are top of the top (but not god) tier. However, music is not a contest. I look at pieces independent of the composer, and I don't restrict myself to listening only to my favorites or to the "greatest".
  3. GoodGame

    GoodGame Red, White, & Blue, baby!

    Dec 17, 2004
    I feel unqualified to have a "greatest" list.

    For my favorites:

    1. Gustav Holst
    2. Carl Orff
    3. Aaron Copland
    4. Amadeus Mozart
    5. George Handel
  4. classical_hero

    classical_hero In whom I trust

    Jan 30, 2003
    Perth,Western Australia
    I have already given my greatest in the other thread, which is why I think this is being done, so here is my favourites.
    1. Chopin
    2. Liszt
    3. Rachmaninov
    4. Tchaikovsky
    5. Bach
  5. Japanrocks12

    Japanrocks12 tired of being a man

    Apr 28, 2003
    rachmaninov and chopin make my top 5 list, but they are arguably not in the top 10 of greatest composers ever

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