The list shows the rank, the blog, the TA, the author(s), and the category: C = composer, Crit = critic, O = opera, A = academic, L = listener, AD = arts director, and the rest are self explanatory.
Update: I've made a few corrections.
Update II: One more correction. Sorry for the error, Steve. And thanks to Marc for catching my mistakes.
1 Sequenza21: 783 Jerry Bowles (C)
2 The Rest is Noise: 650 Alex Ross (Crit)
3 About Last Night: 314 Terry Teachout (Crit)
4 Opera Chic: 181 (O)
5 Violinist.com Diaries: 158 (violin)
6 On an Overgrown Path: 144 Bob Shingleton (producer)
7 Ionarts: 133 Charles T. Downey (A)
8 PostClassic: 129 Kyle Gann (C)
9 Night after Night: 122 Steve Smith (Crit)
10 Soho the Dog: 120 Matthew Guerreri (C)
11 Jason Heath's Double Bass Blog: 112 (bass)
12 Sandow: 107 Greg Sandow (Crit)
13 Think Denk: 106 Jeremy Denk (piano)
14 La Cieca: 103 James Jorden (O)
15 Jessica Duchen: 93 (Crit)
16 Dial “M” for Musicology: 79 Phil Ford and Jonathan Bellman (A)
16 Sounds Like Now: 79 Brian Sacawa (saxophone)
18 Sounds and Fury: 76 AC Douglas (L)
19 Deceptively Simple: 74 Marc Geelhoed (Crit)
20 The Concert: 71 Anne-Carolyn Bird (voice)
21 Adaptistration: 68 Drew McManus (orchestra management)
22 The Standing Room: 65 Monsieur C (L and voice?)
23 The Iron Tongue of Midnight: 64 Lisa Hirsch (Crit)
24 Musical Perceptions: 62 Me (A)
25 The Rambler: 60 Tim Rutherford-Johnson (A)
26 Oboeinsight: 58 Patty Mitchell (oboe)
27 Collaborative Piano: 55 Chris Foley (piano)
28 CSO Bass Blog: 49 (bass)
29 Roger Bourland: 47 Roger Bourland (C)
30 A Singer's Life: 44 Michelle Bennett (voice) [stopped posting in September]
31 My Favorite Intermissions: 42 Maury D’annato (O)
32 Classical Life: 41 Timothy Mangan (Crit)
33 ANABlog: 40 Analog Arts Ensemble
34 Aworks: 40 Robert Gable (L)
35 Sieglinde’s Diaries: 39 Leon Dominguez (O)
35 Renewable Music: 38 Daniel Wolf (C)
36 Chicago Classical Music: 36 (L)
37 A Monk's Musical Musings: 35 Hucbald (guitar)
37 Musical Assumptions: 35 Elaine Fine (C and viola)
39 Brian Dickie: 33 (AD)
40 Catalysts & Connections: 31 Evan Tobias (education)
40 Listen: 31 Steve Hicken (C and Crit)
43 Mad Musings of Me: 30 Gertsamtkunstwerk (O)
43 Vilaine fille: 30 (Crit)
45 Terminaldegree: 29 (kazoo)
46 Wellsung: 29 Alex and Jonathan (O)
47 Thirteen Ways: 28 eighth blackbird (ensemble)
47 Wolf Trap Opera: 28 (O)
49 Today's Opera News: 27 Alan Foust (O)
49 The Well-Tempered Blog: 27 Bart Collins (piano)
51 A View from the Podium: 26 Kenneth Woods (conductor)
51 Classical Music: 26 Janelle Gelfand (Crit)
Interesting list! Though www.tokafi.com is missing!
Great list. A few comments:
You may want to reconsider the inclusion of blogs that aren't active any more--A Singer's Life (shut down in September) and Counter/Point (which only contains outdoor and masonry links at present) come to mind.
I'm not sure what your policy on radio and corporate blogs is (whose Technorati authority can be artificially boosted by other blogs in their network), but you might want to consider the CBC Radio 2 blog, which currently has a Technorati authority of 30.
To both anonymi, thanks for the suggestions. I'll check for dead links for the next ranking, that's too bad about Michelle's blog.
Would it be possible to get an OPML file for these, or is there a fast way to subscribe to them without visiting them all individually.
Anonymous I, tokafi.com isn't a blog. I don't include e-magazines, such as NewMusicBox, and tokafi fits in that category.
ChamberMusicToday blog (http://chambermusictoday.blogspot.com ) might be added to the list. It is Technorati 550 currently.
Regarding the above comment: Take a look at ChamberMusicToday's Technorati stats. The blogs that link to it nearly all seem to be from splogs created by the same person.
I think I should respond to the remark 'splog' above. None of the content on CMT is 'scraped' or 'spam'. I personally write each post.
Note too that CMT does not 'sell' anything nor does it 'promote' any sites. The blogroll on the CMT is tiny -- just several sites like CMA and EMA that I participate in.
In other words, nothing on CMT is done to 'trick' search engines. The remark 'splog' is uncalled-for.
Chamber Music Today
In other words, nothing on CMT is done to 'trick' search engines.
Oh, you're right about that. Google wasn't the least tricked. It rates your blog at 10 (ten). Technorati, is, shall we say, less discriminating concerning the sources of the links.
Scott: Why have you again included Terry Teachout's blog, About Last Night, in this and the Google list of classical music blogs? By no stretch could About Last Night be classified a classical music blog.
My above sentence:
“It [Google] rates your blog at 10 (ten),”
is very poorly and misleadingly worded. That sentence should have read:
“It [Google] shows a mere 10 (ten) incoming links to your blog.
Great list...Mostly love to buy my favorite classic music CDs from Your Music store.....!
Great blog. Here is a link to check out some classical music videos http://bandofme.com/genres.php?cat=&vote=&genre=classical
Very amusing back stage blog from LSO flute player. Don't know whether it can be included, but worth a look all the same
Good list, rich and varied.
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Hey Scott, what I say, this is a awesome effort you put into to create a list like this one. THANKS. My favourite composer is Bach, because every note he composed was measured mathematically. As a pattern, a system. (I probably sound slightly eccentric but I feel relaxed.
Excellent blog that offers a different angle on music altogether. A great analysis on the internet resources on music. keep it up..great effort...
I think this blog is definitely a treasure for music lover and all those who are related to music...great..thanks for listing the blogs..
Interesting list. What qualifies these blogs as the top 50?
I run a classical music blog at www.4partmusic.co.uk/blog which I am keen to develop.
These are a great classical list. I'm into classical music because it really touches my heart and other people as well. These kind of music is part of our life that's why most of us is into classical music. I really love your post. Thanks for sharing those list.
Thank you very much for your post.
Classical music is the art music produced in, or rooted in, the traditions of Western liturgical and worldly music, encompassing a broad period from roughly the 11th century to present times. The central norms of this tradition became codified between 1550 and 1900, which is known as the common practice phase.
How will history remember the musical artist you currently consider your favorite?
Thanks for posting!
I actually write a blog about classical music myself. It's about piano duo music. You're welcome to have a look (or read ;) )
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