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Author Topic: Which composer is the most prolific?  (Read 1780 times)

Offline Cosmos

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Which composer is the most prolific?
« on: 03 June, 2015, 01:35:53 AM »
Which composer (including historic) has produced the greatest number of works?
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Re: Which composer is the most prolific?
« Reply #1 on: 22 October, 2015, 06:11:12 PM »
Among the famous name composers who composed the most music were: Franz Josef Haydn, who wrote 340 hours of music in 54 years of composing; George Handel, 303 hours in 54 years; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 202 hours in 29 years; and Johann Sebastian Bach, 147 hours in 47 years.

On the other hand, the most famous low achiever was Maurice Ravel, who produced only 19 hours in 42 years, a career average of about 30 seconds of music a week.

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Re: Which composer is the most prolific?
« Reply #2 on: 23 October, 2015, 01:33:33 PM »
Among the famous name composers who composed the most music were: Franz Josef Haydn, who wrote 340 hours of music in 54 years of composing; George Handel, 303 hours in 54 years; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 202 hours in 29 years; and Johann Sebastian Bach, 147 hours in 47 years.

On the other hand, the most famous low achiever was Maurice Ravel, who produced only 19 hours in 42 years, a career average of about 30 seconds of music a week.

http://superbeefy.com/which-of-the-well-known-composers-wrote-the-most-music-in-his-lifetime/


Although Haydn tops the league in total hours of music written, the picture becomes slightly different if you rank the various composers on how many hours of music they averaged per year...

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart zooms straight to the top of the league....writing nearly 7 hours of toe-tappers every year on average.

Mozart's 6 hours 55 minutes a year easily pips Josef Haydn who now drops down into third place, having only clocked up an average of 6 hours 20 minutes a year.

But the biggest surprise is yer man Johann Sebastian Bach. He comes off as the real slo-mo...my trusty calculator tells me that JSB only wrote 3 hours 7 minutes of playable music a year. But what quality those 3 hours 7 minutes produced!
 
Handel comes in at a less productive 5 hours 40 mins of music a year still twice as much as speedy Bach's less than impressive  3.6 minutes a week.

The revised rankings list would look like this...


     Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 6 hours 55 minutes a year

        Franz Josef Haydn
6 hours 20 minutes

           George Handel
  5 hours 40 mins.

              Johann Sebastian Bach
3 hours 7 minutes.

For Bach, that averages a measly three and a half minutes a week. Wonder what he did with the rest of his time?








Johann Sebastian Bach 3 hours 7 minutes
« Last Edit: 23 October, 2015, 01:39:14 PM by P-Kasso2 »
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