VOTING FOR COMPOSERS
Basil Ramsey considers the outcome of our two recent polls
If you ever need proof of popularity trends in a poll, results usually
conform to the pattern of voting found in our two recent surveys on composers.
A handful of votes go to favourites and the rest breaks down to a confusing
list of singles - confusing because some of the single-vote composers are
barely known. (If you wish to view the results to date, select the links
at the bottom of this article)
Stravinsky predictably heads the first poll, although the runners up
reveal an unpredictable order in placing. The other poll for 'much-loved'
composers astounds me to discover Schoenberg placed just ahead of Rachmaninov!
(We suspect 'vote rigging' by a few jokers!)
I regard the string of single votes for composers known and unknown of
great value. If readers out there put their money on unknown, if not obscure,
composers there must be a strong reason. I confess keen curiosity and invite
these voters to outline the case for their chosen composers. All received
will be published. After all, you may well assist a composer by writing
convincingly of his or her talents, with a list of published works and recordings
My inclination after this is to invite readers to choose two composers
from their own countries whose quality of music deserves widespread
attention. So please think carefully and be ready for our announcement of
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