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    by » Wed August 24th, 2011, 02:23

    Hi all who remember my two previous all-time charts (5000K in 2005 and 10K in 2009). That second one was abandoned once I realized that it was very incomplete and therefore inaccurate. Since, i have expanded my music listening, actually going all the way back to ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome for some cool, but very obscure music. When it is all said and done, I'll have a Top 50,000 of all time, a proper monument (along with my PhD, of course) to my moderate OCD. I'll use this thread to periodically update my progress and let those interested know when it will all be done (probably early 2013 at the pace I am going). I am also using a points formula created by Matthew Dixon to order the tracks, a process that would be impossible otherwise.

    I'm really enjoying my tour of music history and hope others will be inspired to check out Medieval and Renaissance Music by my eventual chart!
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    by » Wed August 24th, 2011, 02:26

    First Update: August 2011

    This week, I reach 1700, after a six month tour of music from 1200-1700, which includes a lot of chanting (think "Sadness" by Enigma), worship music, and very rudimentary organ classical. In the late 17th century, music we'd recognize from our local classical stations began to appear, led by artists such as Johann Pachelbel and Henry Purcell.

    In terms of #1 songs, here are the current leaders

    1. Henry Purcell: 15 #1s
    2. Johann Pachelbel: 14 #s
    3. Claudio Monteverdi: 12 #1s
    4. William Shakespeare: 8 #1s (he had songs in many of his plays)

    I'm about to start listening to Bach and Handel, who were actually born in the same year: 1685.

    My next update will come when I reach 1750!
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    by » Wed August 24th, 2011, 02:35

    Should be quite entertaining... I don't know if I've even heard 50,000 songs in my life. You truly are a scholar of music and will be nice to read.

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    by » Wed August 24th, 2011, 05:04

    Can't wait Been enjoying the progress you've been making towards THE ultimate all-time songs chart, I'm sure it'll be rewarding once you're all done

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    by » Wed August 24th, 2011, 08:23

    Quote Originally Posted by tdc2000
    My next update will come when I reach 1750!
    How old are you ???

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    by » Fri August 26th, 2011, 19:46

    I am sure somebody, somewhere has unearthed musical notation from the Egyptian, Greek and Byzantine times...but can they actually be read and interpreted in a meaningful fashion so that scholars and musicians are confident that they can reasonably accurately reproduce the music that was created at the time?

    Principally, I am thinking of the Rosetta Stone and the ability and insight it provided scholars it translating such ancient texts. Unless there is a similar 'master key' for music can there be any real certainty of the success in attempts in re-creating such ancient compositions.

    Just curious

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    by » Fri August 26th, 2011, 23:38

    Quote Originally Posted by ShayLaB
    I am sure somebody, somewhere has unearthed musical notation from the Egyptian, Greek and Byzantine times...but can they actually be read and interpreted in a meaningful fashion so that scholars and musicians are confident that they can reasonably accurately reproduce the music that was created at the time?

    Principally, I am thinking of the Rosetta Stone and the ability and insight it provided scholars it translating such ancient texts. Unless there is a similar 'master key' for music can there be any real certainty of the success in attempts in re-creating such ancient compositions.

    Just curious
    A good question here... in my research, I found three CDs full of music from ancient days, all recreations of the music by very recent groups. Of course, these compositions are probably greatly guesswork, but at least give insight into what the music probably sounded like. When we get to the Middle Ages, around 1200, things get a bit more concrete. I assume something like sheet music still exists there.
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    by » Mon October 24th, 2011, 06:22

    In honor of my 10,000th post, let me give an update in this thread.

    Last night, I reached 1722 in music. Bach has taken over (no one else has had a #1 since the late 1710s). I also expanded my chart to 20 entries a week in 1720.

    I won't be surprised if classical pieces dominate my top 100, but we'll see.

    Next update: 1750
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    by » Sat June 21st, 2014, 08:17

    Wow-- it's been three years, but I've been working on this project the whole time-- slowly, but very surely. Now that my life has simplified, I'm moving at a brisker pace.

    Today, I reached 1750 and have a total of nearly 8000 tracks. Getting to 50K by the end will be a breeze. I will likely finish in late 2016 now.

    Once done, I plan to bind the chart, write articles for each of the top 1000 and any interesting entries above that number and hope someone out there wants to read it.

    I'll update again when I reach 1800. Lots of Handel and Bach these past three years. Handel was the Glee Cast of his day-- endless releases.
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    by » Wed November 19th, 2014, 09:22

    As promised, another update.

    Today, I reached a huge milestone a long time in coming: 1800.

    I now have almost 11,000 tracks charted and scored. I also now have a monthly top 75 chart. These next 100 years will be lots of classical with Beethoven taking the lead for the first two decades.

    Next update: the heart of the Victorian Era in 1850
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    by » Wed November 19th, 2014, 22:16

    How do you know which classical compositions were released in a certain month?
    Let's have a second referendum

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    by » Thu November 20th, 2014, 00:53

    Wow, can't wait to hear some of the obscure and old music, keep up the great work and most importantly, enjoy the music!
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    by » Thu November 20th, 2014, 04:39

    Quote Originally Posted by Marius
    How do you know which classical compositions were released in a certain month?
    I don't. I just estimate. I won't start accurate by the week charts until 1890.
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    by » Sun January 3rd, 2016, 09:38

    And, after a long 2015 slog, I reached 1850 today in this quest. I am now over 16,000 songs charted and I am just 40 years from weekly charts in 1890.

    American music has started with Stephen Foster. Classical music has the greats like Wagner, Verdi, and Schumann in these days.

    My goal for 2016 is to focus and get to 1950 by year end. If so, the project will be complete at the end of 2017, when I turn 45 years old.

    Next update: 1900
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    by » Mon February 22nd, 2016, 08:42

    Quote Originally Posted by MarcusDGST6811
    When will it come?
    Still a long time yet- I am shooting for January 2018 as release date.
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    by » Mon February 22nd, 2016, 18:36

    Quote Originally Posted by tdc2000
    Quote Originally Posted by MarcusDGST6811
    When will it come?
    Still a long time yet- I am shooting for January 2018 as release date.
    Exciting!

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    by » Tue January 24th, 2017, 19:10

    Huge day in this long running project as I reach 1900 today!

    I have 22,000 plus charted songs and will have no problem getting a top 50K,

    On to the Tin Pan Alley ragtime era (1900-1920).
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    by » Tue January 24th, 2017, 19:16

    Major props for this, Dustin!

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