Rankings: Two Lists
are two ranked lists of the composers treated at this site.
The first presents the five
hundred that scored the highest on the variables-integration
effort. The second consists of my
subjective ranking of the top 222 of these 500, taking into account
some intangibles. Each individual list is explained further below.
The 500 Composers, ranked by raw score.
described, the composers were ranked by integrating their scores
on a series of
variables. Below, under "new", the latest-version
ranks are shown, followed by the ranks
obtained in the earlier analysis I did for the original opening
of the site ("old"). Under the latter
column only the ranks for the then-top-222 are given. The raw
scores for the latest version are shown on the right.
It was my
objective in both analyses to attempt to produce statistically-derived
while I believe the results in both cases are reasonably representative,
it is still true that what
comes out depends on the initial choice of variables, and their
balance. Thus, a few anomalies
still appear to stand out. For example, the statistics say that
the new version ranking for Arrigo
Boito should be 133, but I can hardly feel this to be reasonable.
Similarly, Paul Dukas now is
placed at number 197, which seems much too low.
overall the system seems to do a reasonably good job. For an
of these findings, see:
The top 222 composers: a subjective re-arrangement.
a good many kinds of materials to come up with the system presented
in addition have spent a lot of time over the years listening
to this kind of music on the radio, and
through other sources. Given both the results of the system presented
above and this additional
experience, I have created a subjective ranking of the top 222
names, given below. These are
not "personal favorites", you understand, just
my best personal attempt to rank what seem to be
the currently "most relevant" names in order.
below are given the new ranks; next to them are the ranks associated
statistically-derived "top 500" list. Again, the
raw scores for the latter are given on the right. For
those who are statistically-inclined, or perceive marketing applications,
I suggest you consider the
sometimes-large differences between the "my" and "new" rankings,
as this might identify new
variables that could be used to improve the "new" rankings.
retrieve PDF file here
Once again it is reminded that this and all the other lists here
are derived from an American
listening perspective; no one effort of this kind can take into
account the listenerships of all
countries and cultures at once.
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