The New York Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the oldest music institutions in the United States. The orchestra has released historical metadata of all its performances since its first concert in December 7, 1842.
The data shows that over the 174 years of its existence, the orchestra has performed pieces by 13,924 different composers. We did a simple frequency calculation and have compiled a list of the top 20 most frequently played composers.
Our initial hunch was that Mozart of Beethoven would top the list. But it was Wagner who claimed the title. Wagner has been played almost twice as many times than Mozart by the orchestra.
Of nearly fouteen thousand composers, 1,287 of them were played only once by the orchestra.