Well, the votes have been tallied and the results are in. The Top Ten String Pieces, as determined by 7 submitted lists nominating a total of 50 unique pieces from 23 different composers, are:
01. Barber- Adagio for Strings 43 points.
02. Schubert- String Quartet No. 14, D. 810 "Death and the Maiden" 29 points.
03. Tchaikovsky- Serenade for Strings 26 points.
04. Beethoven- String Quartet No. 14, Op. 131 18 points from 2 votes with the highest ranking of 1st.
05. Beethoven- String Quartet No. 15, Op. 132 'Hellinger Dankesaang' 18 points from 2 votes with the highest ranking of 2nd.
06. Beethoven- Große Fuge 17 points.
07. Dvorak- String Quartet No. 12, Op. 96 "American" 11 points.
08. Mozart- Serenade for Strings in G "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" 10 points from 2 votes.
09. Beethoven- String Quartet No. 13, Op. 130 10 points from 1 vote.
10. Beethoven- String Quartet No. 10, Op. 74 'Harp' 9 points from 2 votes with the highest ranking of 4th.
Well this time around things got pretty interesting as far as determining the final Top Ten. The new system I use is not very good for accounting for ties and in order for it function correctly, there can be no ties in the top ten as before. This isn't usually a problem as when a two compositions have matching scores, there is usually a difference in the amount of votes that led up to that score, i.e. 24 points from 4 votes vs. 24 points from 3 votes. However, due to the low number of lists submitted this time, we had 2 ties in the top ten from both score and number of votes. So I had to get creative. I decided the tertiary method of breaking a tie should be the selection of the composition that received the highest ranking in any of the lists that nominated it as the higher placing composition. Hence, Beethoven's String Quartet No. 14 beat his String Quartet No. 15 because, though they both scored 18 points from 2 votes, No. 14 had the highest ranking of 1st place in both lists, whereas No. 15 had the highest ranking of 2nd in the lists that nominated it (which happened to be the same this time around). This is how the winner between the two was chosen and the same method was employed between Beethoven's String Quartet No. 10 and Tchaikovsky's String Quartet No. 1- Beethoven winning with the highest single rank of 4th vs. Tchaikovsky's highest single rank of 5th. Hopefully, I explained this well? Anyway, here are the individual results...
Last edited by hal 9000
on Mon Mar 12, 2007 8:07 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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