[POLLS] The Geek's Favourite Musical Composers, Round 3: The FINAL
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This is an offshoot of the contest to determine the Geek’s favourite musical artists. Geeks voted not to include composers in the main contest and I promised to have a side contest for them.

The contenders for this contest were put together on this thread: The Geek's Favourite Musical Artists: Nomination and Discussion Thread. They include classical composers, modern composers and video-game music composers. Each composer has their most well known composition(s) in brackets.

Round Two comprised 30 composers: [POLLS] The Geek's Favourite Musical Composers, Round 2: The Top 30 and 81 users voted in the polls. The results from the last poll were so stark that I'm going to skip straight to the Final, where the top four composers will battle it out (and the rest will scrabble around for scraps of dignity).

The voting process is simple. Rate all the composers you know and then upgrade a single composer in each bracket from "Awesome" to "Best". If you don't have an "Awesome", don't choose a "Best". There is no limit to the number that can qualify from each bracket, so fear not if many of your favourites are lumped together.

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This contest has now ended. You can find the results here:
The Geek's Favourite Musical Composers - The Top 100 - RESULTS
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Here is some analysis of the Top 30 poll, starting with the main measure used for qualification for this round: Top 20 Musical Composers by Average Rating. To calculate this I awarded points for each rating: Best (4), Awesome (3), Great (2), Good (1), Okay (0), Bad (-1):

1 Ludwig van Beethoven (Symphony No. 5 'Allegro Con Brio')
2 J.S. Bach (The Brandenburg Concertos)
3 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Symphony No. 41 'Jupiter')
4 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1812 Overture)
5 Antonio Vivaldi (The Four Seasons)
6 George Handel (Hallelujah chorus, from Messiah)
7 Antonín Dvorák (Symphony No. 9)
8 Claude Debussy (Preludes 1 & 2 or La Mer)
9 Sergei Prokofiev (Peter and the Wolf)
10 F.F. Chopin (Fantaisie-Impromptu No. 4)
11 George Gershwin (Rhapsody in Blue)
12 Giuseppi Verdi (Requiem)
13 Richard Strauss (Also Sprach Zarathustra)
14 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (Scheherazade)
15 Richard Wagner (Die Valkure)
16 John Williams (Jaws, Star Wars, ET, etc)
17 Gustav Holst (Planets)
18 Sergei Rachmaninoff (Piano Concerto No. 3)
19 Igor Stravinsky (Le Sacre Du Printemps)
20 Georges Bizet (Carmen)

So here's the thing. The Top Four are the same as in the first poll, and by a sizeable margin, though not in the same order.
Beethoven moves from 3rd to Top, pushing Bach and Mozart down.
These guys are clearly our top composers, so this round they will battle it out for glory.

Handel & Vivaldi are 5th and 6th again, but switch places. There is clear water between them and 7th, so they will duel for 5th.

Our one surviving Movie soundtrack composer (out of 26) does well, but the last Video game music composer (out of 29): Nobuo Uematsu (most Final Fantasy) comes in at 30th.

Top 20 by Most 'Best' Votes:

1= Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Symphony No. 41 'Jupiter')
1= Ludwig van Beethoven (Symphony No. 5 'Allegro Con Brio')
3 J.S. Bach (The Brandenburg Concertos)
4 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1812 Overture)
5 George Handel (Hallelujah chorus, from Messiah)
6 Antonio Vivaldi (The Four Seasons)
7 Claude Debussy (Preludes 1 & 2 or La Mer)
8 Richard Wagner (Die Valkure)
9 Giuseppi Verdi (Requiem)
10 John Williams (Jaws, Star Wars, ET, etc)
11 Scott Joplin (Maple Leaf Rag, The Entertainer)
12 Antonín Dvorák (Symphony No. 9)
13 Gustav Holst (Planets)
14 Sergei Prokofiev (Peter and the Wolf)
15 Gustav Mahler (Symphony No. 1)
16 F.F. Chopin (Fantaisie-Impromptu No. 4)
17 Richard Strauss (Also Sprach Zarathustra)
18 George Gershwin (Rhapsody in Blue)
19 Sergei Rachmaninoff (Piano Concerto No. 3)
20 Modest Mussorgsky (Night on Bald Mountain)

This list is a straight count of the composers getting the most 'Best' ratings in the second round. Mozart moves up two spots to top the list with Beethoven (who was joint top last round).
The composers in the 8th-11th spots all out-performed compared to their average scores.

Most 'Bad' Votes

Almost none. You guys voting on this list are polite chaps who know these composers deserve our respect!
Johann Strauss (the Younger) got the most 'Bad' votes with three.

Most Rated (aka most widely known, with #votes)

80 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Symphony No. 41 'Jupiter')
79 Ludwig van Beethoven (Symphony No. 5 'Allegro Con Brio')
78 John Williams (Jaws, Star Wars, ET, etc)
77 Antonio Vivaldi (The Four Seasons)
77 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1812 Overture)
77 Richard Wagner (Die Valkure)
77 J.S. Bach (The Brandenburg Concertos)
74 Johann Strauss (the Younger) (On the Beautiful, Blue Danube)
73 F.F. Chopin (Fantaisie-Impromptu No. 4)
73 George Handel (Hallelujah chorus, from Messiah)
72 George Gershwin (Rhapsody in Blue)
71 Antonín Dvorák (Symphony No. 9)
70 Sergei Prokofiev (Peter and the Wolf)

This is a straight count of ratings, excluding "Don't Know" votes.
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The Top Four composers take each other on.

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Rate the composers you know in order of preference
  Best 2nd 3rd 4th Don't Know
Ludwig van Beethoven (Symphony No. 5 'Allegro Con Brio')
J.S. Bach (The Brandenburg Concertos)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Symphony No. 41 'Jupiter')
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1812 Overture)
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Vivaldi and Handel remain locked in combat for 5th

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Best Composer?
Antonio Vivaldi (The Four Seasons)
George Handel (Hallelujah chorus, from Messiah)
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And now the also-rans fight it out to improve their overall position.
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Rate the musical composers you know, select only 1 "Best"
If you don't know them you can leave it blank or select 'Don't Know'.

  Best Awesome Great Good Okay Bad Don't Know
Antonín Dvorák (Symphony No. 9)
Claude Debussy (Preludes 1 & 2 or La Mer)
Sergei Prokofiev (Peter and the Wolf)
F.F. Chopin (Fantaisie-Impromptu No. 4)
George Gershwin (Rhapsody in Blue)
Giuseppi Verdi (Requiem)
Richard Strauss (Also Sprach Zarathustra)
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (Scheherazade)
Richard Wagner (Die Valkure)
John Williams (Jaws, Star Wars, ET, etc)
Gustav Holst (Planets)
Sergei Rachmaninoff (Piano Concerto No. 3)
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And now, the musical tag-team face-off of all time. The Top Ten Musical Artists cross-over from their list to take on the Composers Top Ten.
Who will triumph, Artists or Composers? Vote for your favourite in each match-up. Okay, its a bit silly, but not as silly as The Millenium Falcon vs Gandalf.
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Choose your favourite in each match-up
  A B
A: The Beatles vs. B: Ludwig van Beethoven (Symphony No. 5 'Allegro Con Brio')
A: Queen vs. B: J.S. Bach (The Brandenburg Concertos)
A: Led Zeppelin vs. B: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Symphony No. 41 'Jupiter')
A: Pink Floyd vs. B: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1812 Overture)
A: The Rolling Stones vs. B: Antonio Vivaldi (The Four Seasons)
A: David Bowie vs. B: George Handel (Hallelujah chorus, from Messiah)
A: The Who vs. B: Antonín Dvorák (Symphony No. 9)
A: Louis Armstrong vs. B: Claude Debussy (Preludes 1 & 2 or La Mer)
A: Jimi Hendrix vs. B: Sergei Prokofiev (Peter and the Wolf)
A: Johnny Cash vs. B: F.F. Chopin (Fantaisie-Impromptu No. 4)
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