karlhenning wrote:Well, if pressed, I suppose my list of Top 25 Composers might read (in no particular order):
This list is not carven in stone, and might well be different if I draw the list up again tomorrow.
But Handel is not in the most serious contention (in this personal list of mine).
How Eurocentric! Not an American in the lot!
My list is driven by (a) musical concerns, and (b) my own musical preferences; however, if you propose a geographical quota system, I would entertain it with interest.
Also, I find it interesting that you thus categorically label Stravinsky
"not an American"; he was a naturalized US citizen and spent a significant portion of his career working in the United States. Your post has something of the look of xenophobia.
As I see it, the absence from that list of composers born in the US is largely a "timing issue":
[ a ]
There are no living composers of any nationality on the above list; I am not sure how I should "weigh" composers whose work is absolutely complete, with composers yet at work.
[ b ]
In my musical view, no American composer no longer living quite
succeeds in displacing any of the 25 composers above, from the mere question of sustained quality and level of creation. Where this is a "timing issue" is, one hopes, historically obvious.