Topping the list is British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, and he has a respectable lead, too. Vivaldi, one of the oldest names on the list, takes second, with Bernstein, one of the youngest, in third.
But where has Beethoven ended up? He ranked 29th with a net sentiment of 16%. This seems overly harsh for someone considered one of the best composers of all time, but with fame comes hate. To soothe any Beethoven fans reading this, he got the most positive mentions by volume (although, saying that, he got the most negative ones as well).
And while he still got more love than hate, Richard Wagner was at the bottom of the list with a net sentiment of just 6%. Since he was an incredibly controversial figure in his lifetime and now, we’re not really surprised.
Of course this analysis is open to interpretation, as some may put more stock in volume than advocates vs detractors, but either way, we’ll leave you with some music while you debate amongst yourselves.
Here’s Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No.2 performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
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