"Never pay any attention to what critics say. Remember, a statue has never been set up in honour of a critic!" Thus said Jean Sibelius, whose 150th anniversary is celebrated in December. It’s a different situation with composers though. Sibelius himself has the most extraordinary monument erected in his honour, a sculpture by Eila Hiltunen titled Passio Musicae.

Part of the Sibelius Monument
Part of the Sibelius Monument

This month, we’re setting Bachtrack readers a crowd-sourcing challenge. Can you provide photographs of statues or monuments of famous composers? Here’s a list of the 50 classical composers whose works were among the most performed last year, according to our annual statistics. Simply send us your photo via social media – Twitter (@bachtrack) or onto our Facebook page. It has to be your own photograph, which by submitting you grant your consent to use on this page. As they come in, we’ll mark them off on our list and post the photos. Can Bachtrack readers find all 50 before Sibelius’ birthday on 8 December? Over to you!

The Sibelius Monument
The Sibelius Monument

Composers in bold font are those we're still seeking!

Johann Sebastian Bach

Béla Bartók

Ludwig van Beethoven

Hector Berlioz

Georges Bizet

Johannes Brahms

Benjamin Britten

Anton Bruckner

Frédéric Chopin

Aaron Copland

Claude Debussy

Gaetano Donizetti

Antonín Dvořák

Edward Elgar

Gabriel Fauré

George Gershwin

Edvard Grieg

George Frideric Handel

Joseph Haydn 

Leoš Janáček

Franz Liszt

Gustav Mahler

Felix Mendelssohn

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky

Carl Nielsen

Francis Poulenc

Sergei Prokofiev 

Giacomo Puccini

Henry Purcell

Sergei Rachmaninov

Jean-Philippe Rameau

Maurice Ravel

Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov

Gioacchino Rossini

Camille Saint-Saëns

Arnold Schoenberg

Franz Schubert

Robert Schumann

Alexander Scriabin

Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich

Jean Sibelius

Johann Strauss II

Richard Strauss

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Giuseppe Verdi

Antonio Vivaldi

Richard Wagner 

 

Rossini in Pesaro, Italy
Rossini in Pesaro, Italy
Handel in Halle, Germany
Handel in Halle, Germany
Bach in Leibzig, Germany
Bach in Leibzig, Germany
Donizetti in Milan, Italy
Donizetti in Milan, Italy
Dvořák in New York, USA
Dvořák in New York, USA
Bartók in South Kensington, UK
Bartók in South Kensington, UK