Beethoven was not the most innovative composer in history
Researchers reveal that Beethoven was not the most innovative composer in history because Rachmaninov’s music was more original
- The computer analysis analyzed more than 19 composers between 1700 and 1900
- He found that whose work was more different from his predecessors was Rachmaninov
- The South Korean team created a computer model that calculated the scores
Beethoven may be the best name in classical music, but computer analysis suggests that it may not have been the most original.
A study of more than 19 composers has found that the one whose work was more different from his predecessors was Rachmaninov.
Ludwig van Beethoven was one of the less original composers, according to the computer comparison of his works with others.
However, the analysis shows that between 1820 and 1910 it was the most influential.
A computer analysis that analyzed more than 19 composers found that the work that most differed from its predecessors was Rachmaninov (pictured)
The researchers analyzed 900 classical piano works written by 19 composers between 1700 and 1900, divided into three periods: baroque, classical and romantic.
The South Korean team created a computer model that was able to calculate scores based on how jobs differed from previous pieces.
They also observed how they differed from the previous works of the same composer, to assess how novel the composition was.
On this basis, the composer with the highest combined novelty score was Sergei Rachmaninov.
The researchers found that Ludwig van Beethoven was among the least original composers according to the comparison of his works by computer with others.
The author of the study, Juyong Park, of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, said: ‘Our model allows us to calculate the degree of melodies and harmonies shared between past and future works and observe the evolution of Western musical styles at demonstrate how prominent composers can have influenced each other. “
The authors found that the compositions of the classical period (1750 to 1820) tended to have the lowest novelty scores. During this period, Haydn and Mozart were very influential, but were later surpassed by Beethoven.
The authors warned that the results could have been different if works other than piano compositions had been considered.