5 Most Overrated Composers of All Time

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5. John Williams (1932 - )

After the American wrote the stirring soundtrack for Jaws, Williams, who's widely considered to be the best film composer ever, fell into the formula of writing a catchy ditty that repeats for a few bars before a tidal wave of brass and strings sweeps through the dramatic soundscape.

This can be heard on Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Home Alone, E.T., Jurassic Park and Harry Potter. Important films. Not important music (and especially not groundbreaking).

He's also composed theme music for NBC Sunday Night Football. For the paycheck, anyone?



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superguy22712
superguy22712

OKAY, NO! DO NOT PUT LUDWIG "THE MASTER" VAN BEETHOVEN ON THIS LIST! HE IS THE GREATEST COMPOSER OF ALL TIME AND YOU SHALL NOT DISRESPECT HIM!

lorellpeace
lorellpeace

Heresy, sheer heresy. Drive the stakes, light the fires.

h_e_x
h_e_x

How did I know both Beethoven and Mozart would make it on the list? Not because they are overrated, but because they are big names. I firmly believe that anyone can appreciate anything, regardless of their level of education, but a bit of knowledge wouldn't hurt here.

Cathalin Orellana
Cathalin Orellana

Wow, the only composer I agree to have on this list is Bernstein. All others were and are greats!

CarlRosa
CarlRosa

Well this is one opinion that is direct conflict with this article.  I consider myself to be an absolute 'addict' to classical music of the 1700s and I find Mozart's work to be nothing short of astounding and his improvisational skills almost impossible to comprehend. I find his Lacrimosa to be extraordinary, his Symphony 25 in g minor to be outstanding and his Don Giovanni to be true genius...to say nothing of his Dies Irae that gets my heart pumping in 10 seconds.

Regarding Beethoven, I cannot imagine considering him any 'less worthy' of acclaim.  From his Ode to Joy (9th) to his earlier work, his music can truly affect me.  Ludwig is, without question, my favorite and I listen to his work nearly every day.  I find his entire collection to be remarkable (32 sonatas alone).

You do not mention Bach as overrated and I was glad to see that.  But I must respectfully disagree with your #1 and #2. 

MadMac
MadMac

Bach over Ludwig and Wolfgang, the angry inch. Basil Poledouris over Williams. Howard Shore over Glass. And a big shout out to Samuel Barber. Fun stuff, Mr. Jansen.

MadMac
MadMac

That is a thoughtful, highly respectful, and well struck repoiste, Mr. Rosa. As a novice listener at best, I stand in awe of your scholarship and passion. 

CarlRosa
CarlRosa

@MadMac Thank you, MadMac.  I'm hoping I didn't come across as an angry blogger.  I merely listen to classical music (especially Mozart, Beethoven and Bach) continually.  There are many times that Ludwig and Wolfgang have moved me with their music to the point that my lower lips trembles.  I merely cannot agree with either composer being considered 'overrated.'  Thanks again for the reply, MadMac.

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