Béla Bartók once said “Competitions are for horses, not artists”. Ranking Australia’s composers according to greatness might seem trivial, even controversial, and Limelightdoes not pretend to claim jurisdiction over who should or should not be considered ‘great’. Nonetheless, such a list serves a purpose: it highlights those individuals in the forefront of the nation’s musical psyche and reflects on what does make a great composer great.

In compiling the list, Limelightconsulted a panel of industry professionals before asking the public’s opinion via the website. The two votes were weighed 50-50, resulting in this democratically derived list of the Greatest Australian Composers.

Liza Lim