IAN W Thomson's point about the difficulties in choosing "the best composer ever" (Letters, February 6) can be settled by crediting the individual music lover's opinion.

The choice, in my view, is wholly subjective and, though, like Ian Thomson's, my own favourites are Beethoven and Mozart, anyone who regarded, say, Schubert or Richard Rodgers or Cole Porter or Brahms as the greatest ever composer would be "correct" and fully entitled to that assessment.

There is no realistic objective evaluation. It all depends on which composer's moves most move the individual.

However, the more composers' music we can really enjoy, the better!

Charles Wardrop, Perth.