In case you don't recognize all of them, they are:
Left, 1. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). From top left, 2. Ludwig van Beethoven
(1770-1827), 3. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 91). 4. Franz Peter Schubert
(1797-1828). From middle left, 5. Claude Achille Debussy (1862 - 1918),
6. Igor Stravinsky (1882 - 1971), 7. Johannes Brahms (1833 - 97).
From bottom left, 8. Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901),
9. Richard Wagner (1813 - 83), 10. Bela Bartok (1881 - 1945).
Now, who would I want to change? First of all, just a little personal quirk, but I am not so terribly interested in composers who wrote only opera, so I freely confess that up front. Taking out Verdi and Wagner, that leaves two empty spaces. Which two composers need to be added? Alas, I come up with three names: Haydn, Shostakovich and Sibelius. The latter is a recent addition as I have fallen back in love with his music after surveying the symphonies. Haydn is a truly great composer who is always left off these lists, but should not be. I doubt there is any more important composer in music history, with the exception of Bach.
Now, there are a couple of Bs that I would also not miss too terribly: Brahms and Bartók. Hmm, that gives me one more spot than I need. So let's include one early composer. Couperin? Rameau? Josquin? All possible, but my vote is going to Guillaume DuFay. So my list would read:
- J. S. Bach
- Joseph Haydn
- Ludwig van Beethoven
- W. A. Mozart
- Franz Schubert
- Claude Debussy
- Igor Stravinsky
- Dmitri Shostakovich
- Jean Sibelius
- Guillaume DuFay
How's that for eccentric?