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Bach, Mozart and Beethoven were three musical geniuses and among the best composers of all times. But which one of the three do you think was more influential overall?
Debate proposed by Cayetano Casado
Bach vs Mozart vs Beethoven
Bach, Mozart and Beethoven are some of the most praised music composers. Music connoisseurs often compare these three geniuses and their influence on contemporary classical composers is enormous. We list the most significant pieces of Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven and collectively decide who among them deserves to the title of all time best.
Johann Sebastian Bach (31 March [O.S. 21 March] 1685 – 28 July 1750) was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach was famed mainly for his keyboard skills and for the many pieces he wrote for the churches where we worked. Bach's music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth.
Bach's best works:
- Six Brandenburg Concertos
- The Goldberg Variations
- The Mass in B minor
- Four Orchestral Suites
- Six Cello Suites
- Two Passions: St Johns and St Matthews
- Bach's cantatas, such as No. 5, 21, 80, 140, and 147
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791) was a prolific and influential Austrian composer of the Classical era. He composed over 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, operatic, and choralmusic. He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers, and his influence on subsequent Western art music is profound.
Mozart's best works
- Symphonies No. 36 and 41
- Piano Sonata No. 11
- Piano Concertos No. 23 and 27
- The Magic Flute Opera
- Overture of The Marriage of Figaro
- Ave Verum Corpus
- Requiem Mass in D minor
- Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra in C
Ludwig van Beethoven (baptised 17 December 1770 – 26 March 1827) was also a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include 9 symphonies, 5 concertos for piano, 32 piano sonatas, and 16 string quartets. He also composed other chamber music, choral works (including the celebrated Missa Solemnis), and songs.
Beethoven's best works
- Symphonies No. 3, 5, 7 and 9
- Violin Concerto in D
- Corolian Overture
- Fidelio Opera
- Piano Sonata No. 14 and 30
- Piano Concerto N. 5
- String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor
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Bach, Mozart or Beethoven: who was the best classical music composer?
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