Originally Posted by Dan Lobb
Yes, many (including Philip Downs, author of Classical Music, who rates Wagner below Schubert) would put Schubert high.
I like his last four piano sonatas, the E flat Mass, and the String Quintet, but much of his music I find brooding and sad. Not my taste.
Debussy and Stravinsky were dominating influences, although I prefer Bartok, whose music has proven to have more staying power.
Tilden was brilliant, but I doubt that he was superior to Williams of 1914-16, and Allison Danzig claimed that Tilden played his absolute greatest match in the 1927 Forest Hills final against Lacoste, which he lost in straight sets.
Dan, Please try Schubert's Great C-Major symphony ("my" very best classic music's work!). There you will find much joy and courage for life! If you want to hear deeply felt music but rather sad music you can hear The Unfinished symphony. Also try the eight marvellous "Impromptus".
I doubt that Danzig witnessed Tilden's highlights in the early 1920s.