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Underrated:

1. Debussy

2. Bernard Hermann

3. Camille Saint-Saëns

4. Erik Satie

5. @Tónskáld (gotta get a leg up on u guys for the summer competition sorry 😇)

 

Overrated:

1. Schoenberg (although I enjoy his books, and Pélleas und Melisande op.5 is amazing to me)

2. Haydn

3. Every Bach

4. Les Six

5. Hans Zimmer (although I like him, I just don't think he's the pinnacle of film scorers)

 

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27 minutes ago, Left Unexplained said:

Underrated:

1. Debussy

2. Bernard Hermann

3. Camille Saint-Saëns

4. Erik Satie

5. @Tónskáld (gotta get a leg up on u guys for the summer competition sorry 😇)

Why don't you put Samuel Barber as #5 and make it a real French & American list?

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Underrated (a lot of names most people have never heard of):

1. - Toivo Kuula

2. - Nikolai Myaskovsky

3. - Wilhelm Reinhard Berger

4. - Reinhold Gliere

5. - Charles Wakefield Cadman

(Honorable mentions: Anatoly Alexandrov, Anatoly Kos-Anatolsky, Ludomir Rozycki, Edward Macdowell, Camille Saint-Saens, Erno Dohnanyi, Viktor Kosenko, Vasyl Barvinsky, Pancho Vladigerov, Georgy Catoire (it's an infinite list))

Overrated:

1. - Arnold Schoenberg

2. - Gustav Mahler

3. - Dmitri Shostakovich

4. - Igor Stravinsky

5. - Johannes Brahms

Edited by Theodore Servin

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Underrated 

1. Tchaikovsky

2. Zelenka 

3. Saint Saens 

4. Rossini 

5. Fux

Overrated 

1. Cage

2. Stockhausen 

3. Messiean 

4. Bartok 

5. Schumann (i still really like Schumann especially compared to the other 4 and theres a lot more modern composers I think deserving of this place but I think I need to put 1 pre 20th century composer to make it fair. l put him here because I don't understand how he is a household name next to Brahms and Chopin, I think he benefited from being in the main German music circle, if he was from another country I think he would be much more obscure).

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I'm confused, when did Tchaikovsky start becoming underrated (I say this lightheartedly, of course!)? He's like the 19th century Russian Romantic that wasn't in the Big 5, right? Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Onegin, Violin Concerto in D, Piano Concerto No. 1, Symphony 5, etc.? Maybe I'm just out of the loop nowadays...
 

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