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Who was (or is) the most prolific composer of all?

Bach? Haydn? Mozart? Schubert? Or perhaps somebody more obscure like Alan Hovhaness or Johann Kalliwoda? Does anybody know?

How would we decide on this? Not by merely counting opuses, one might suspect. Deutschís Schubert catalogue runs to about a thousand works, Köchelís Mozart a mere 600 or so; Schubert lived for a few years less but over half of his output consisted of relatively brief lieder whereas Mozart wrote many operas. So, in this digital age, do we count by the minute?

Who cares about quantity anyway? Surely it is quality that matters. But havenít you ever wished that Mahler had written some string quartets or that Ravel could have had a concluder/producer personality type or that Dukas hadnít torn so much of his music up? The great thing about prolific composers is that one keeps coming across new works by them and that it is not only the famous ones that are worth listening to.

So letís identify and celebrate prolific composers with a challenge to MusicWeb readers for the festive period:

To answer the above question and provide your justification in no more than 300 words in an e-mail to by 22 January 2007.

The music cited must all still exist but does not have to have been played, published
or recorded.

The prizes for the most convincing and/or amusing answers will be as follows:

(1) A 15 CD set The Essential Sibelius (probably not the man in question given that he composed almost nothing for 30 years) which is about to be issued on BIS. details Review

(2) A 15 CD set of performances from the 15th International Chopin Piano Competition of 2005 issued on Dux . see review

(3) Your Choice of 3 CDs from the Avie label.

(4) Your Choice of 3 CDs from the Concert Artist label.

You may specify a choice and we will try to accommodate you but the 1st prize winner has the final word. The winning answers will posted on MusicWeb and the opportunity given for the authors to expand them into proper articles, if they wish.

The judges will be Len Mullenger, Rob Barnett, Patrick Waller and David Barker whose decision regarding the prizes shall be final.

In order to win a prize you must:

  1. Name a single composer of "classical" music as the most prolific of all time
  2. Provide a brief explanation/justification in no more than 300 words
  3. Enter by e-mail before 2300 GMT on 22 January 2007

No one associated with the production of MusicWeb will be eligible for the prizes.


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