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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #860 on: July 30, 2017, 03:05:44 PM »
Let's reinstate this:

Lassus
Ockeghem
Machaut
Gesualdo
Monteverdi
Bach
Webern
Stockhausen
Lassus

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #861 on: July 31, 2017, 01:34:47 AM »
Let's reinstate this:

Lassus
Ockeghem
Machaut
Gesualdo
Monteverdi
Bach
Webern
Stockhausen
Lassus

I is very satisfied with this list for now  8)

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #862 on: August 11, 2017, 12:04:26 AM »
Be sure to kill me if you like, for coming back here again but at the moment I'm finding this: (which is quite odd for me)
More or less chronologically:

Hildegard
Dowland
Machaut
Lassus
Josquin
Gesualdo
Monteverdi
Beethoven (piano sonatas mostly)
RAVEL
Stravinsky (late "sacred" works exclusively)
John Cage


What's happening to me??????  ???

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #863 on: August 11, 2017, 12:11:37 AM »
Barber
Braga Santos
Falla
Guarnieri
Holmboe
Janáček
Nielsen
Respighi
Tubin
Vaughan Williams
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #864 on: August 11, 2017, 06:58:56 PM »
Barber
Braga Santos
Falla
Guarnieri
Holmboe
Janáček
Nielsen
Respighi
Tubin
Vaughan Williams

Mmm interesting list that is... but I don't see any Russian here:  ;)

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #865 on: August 11, 2017, 07:42:43 PM »
Be sure to kill me if you like, for coming back here again but at the moment I'm finding this: (which is quite odd for me)
More or less chronologically:

Hildegard
Dowland
Machaut
Lassus
Josquin
Gesualdo
Monteverdi
Beethoven (piano sonatas mostly)
RAVEL
Stravinsky (late "sacred" works exclusively)
John Cage


What's happening to me??????  ???

Experience  ;)

Also an evident taste for counterpoint. The complete Dowland box from L'oiseau lyre pops up at a good price periodically and is excellent in all ways.
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #866 on: August 11, 2017, 09:02:02 PM »
I'd say almost the same, just with some changes (including Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Brahms, Sibelius, maybe Villa-Lobos; excluding Falla, Guarnieri, Barber). Very do agree with Respighi, Nielsen, Holmboe, Braga-Santos, Tubin and Vaughan Williams

My list would be something like this:

Beethoven
Brahms
Dvorák
Tchaikovsky
Martinu
Vaughan Williams
Sibelius
Tubin
Shostakovich
Nielsen

I wouldn't be utterly satisfied, though. I'd want to include Bach, Atterberg, Respighi, Braga Santos, Holmboe, Strauss, Prokofiev, Janácek, Hindemith, Rimsky-Korsakov, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Taneyev, Schmidt, Bruckner, Mahler, Ravel, Schnittke, Novák, Szymanowski, Lutoslawski, Arnold, Simpson, Langgaard, Barber, Bantock, Stravinsky, Bartók... there are thousands, many, you wouldn't stop of writing

All this depends on your thinking, tastes, mood, good days, bad days. They can changed in the future.

... but at the last the list will have to be changed, there aren't perfect lists because of the number of composers there are, the huge list of works there are (symphonies, concertos, string quartets, masses, requiems, operas, piano sonatas, and so on...)
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #867 on: August 11, 2017, 09:49:09 PM »
Experience  ;)

Also an evident taste for counterpoint. The complete Dowland box from L'oiseau lyre pops up at a good price periodically and is excellent in all ways.

Counterpoint? bingo!  8)

I actually already own that ;)  :D



And yep, I love it  :-*

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #868 on: August 11, 2017, 09:55:37 PM »
Be sure to kill me if you like, for coming back here again but at the moment I'm finding this: (which is quite odd for me)
More or less chronologically:

Hildegard
Dowland
Machaut
Lassus
Josquin
Gesualdo
Monteverdi
Beethoven (piano sonatas mostly)
RAVEL
Stravinsky (late "sacred" works exclusively)
John Cage


What's happening to me??????  ???

I'd also add that:

Perotin
Wolkenstein
Machaut
Ockeghem
Tallis
Byrd
Stockhausen
Schubert
Mahler

Also deserve a place somewhere in there but umm.....10?  :laugh:

Most of my listening over the past month and a half has been almost exclusively early music, so......  :D

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #869 on: August 11, 2017, 09:57:35 PM »
Lassus and Ravel are definitely my two favorite composers at the moment (though Gesualdo keeps knocking at my door, which is hard to resist)

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #870 on: August 12, 2017, 03:26:29 AM »
I'd say almost the same, just with some changes (including Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Brahms, Sibelius, maybe Villa-Lobos; excluding Falla, Guarnieri, Barber). Very do agree with Respighi, Nielsen, Holmboe, Braga-Santos, Tubin and Vaughan Williams

My list would be something like this:

Beethoven
Brahms
Dvorák
Tchaikovsky
Martinu
Vaughan Williams
Sibelius
Tubin
Shostakovich
Nielsen

I wouldn't be utterly satisfied, though. I'd want to include Bach, Atterberg, Respighi, Braga Santos, Janácek, Holmboe, Strauss, Prokofiev, Janácek, Hindemith, Rimsky-Korsakov, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Taneyev, Schmidt, Bruckner, Mahler, Ravel, Schnittke, Novák, Szymanowski, Lutoslawski, Arnold, Simpson, Langgaard, Barber, Bantock, Stravinsky, Bartók... there are thousands, many, you wouldn't stop of writing

All this depends on your thinking, tastes, mood, good days, bad days. They can changed in the future.

... but at the last the list will have to be changed, there aren't perfect lists because of the number of composers there are, the huge list of works there are (symphonies, concertos, string quartets, masses, requiems, operas, piano sonatas, and so on...)
All very similar to my shorter and longer lists; with only one exception: somehow, from very early on, the German Romantics didn't do it for me and I never overcame that, how much I tried (played the Brahms symphonies for two weeks, a couple of years ago, the outcome: nope  :D) - but excluding Beethoven at the one end and Bruckner, Mahler, Schmidt and Hindemith at the other. So with the exception of Schumann, Brahms and Strauss, your list is very similar to mine. Feels good.  ;D

Mmm interesting list that is... but I don't see any Russian here:  ;)
My Russians are Tchaikovsky, Rimsky, Stravinsky and Shosta - more so than Prokoviev. One or two should be included, but who to leave out??  :-X

BTW: wow!, another Tubin enthusiast (please convince our exquisite Brian to have a second listening; his superfical glance over one of our most favourite symphonic cycles hurts:D
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #871 on: August 12, 2017, 04:59:01 PM »
All very similar to my shorter and longer lists; with only one exception: somehow, from very early on, the German Romantics didn't do it for me and I never overcame that, how much I tried (played the Brahms symphonies for two weeks, a couple of years ago, the outcome: nope  :D) - but excluding Beethoven at the one end and Bruckner, Mahler, Schmidt and Hindemith at the other. So with the exception of Schumann, Brahms and Strauss, your list is very similar to mine. Feels good.  ;D
My Russians are Tchaikovsky, Rimsky, Stravinsky and Shosta - more so than Prokoviev. One or two should be included, but who to leave out??  :-X

BTW: wow!, another Tubin enthusiast (please convince our exquisite Brian to have a second listening; his superfical glance over one of our most favourite symphonic cycles hurts:D

I have been able to see in other threads you don't like much the Romantic Germans (along with vandermolen)  ;D

Tubin is terrific in a high degree. Right now I'm playing the Sinfonietta on Estonian motifs. This work can't bore me, it's impossible!!
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #872 on: August 12, 2017, 07:40:27 PM »
My top 10 based on my Pandora & Spotify likes:

1.   Ludwig van Beethoven
2.   Jean Sibelius
3.   Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
4.   Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
5.   Antonín Dvořák
6.   Frederic Chopin
7.   Sergei Prokofiev
8.   Felix Mendelssohn
9.   Dmitri Shostakovich
10.   Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #873 on: August 21, 2017, 06:56:03 AM »
Tubin is terrific in a high degree. Right now I'm playing the Sinfonietta on Estonian motifs. This work can't bore me, it's impossible!!
He is. Spread the news!  :D
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #874 on: August 21, 2017, 07:47:50 AM »
Right now (and roughly in order) it is:

Brahms
Shostakovich
Ravel
Debussy
Mahler
Prokofiev
Stravinsky
Chopin
RVW
Bartok
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #875 on: August 23, 2017, 06:49:12 PM »
Right now (and roughly in order) it is:

Brahms
Shostakovich
Ravel
Debussy
Mahler
Prokofiev
Stravinsky
Chopin
RVW
Bartok

Hey Nik - I like your list!; mine is a bit similar :):

Bach
Tchaikovsky
Sibelius
Shostakovich
Mahler
Chopin
Debussy
Mendelssohn
Brahms
Schumann

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #876 on: August 31, 2017, 05:56:54 PM »
Right now (and roughly in order) it is:

Brahms
Shostakovich
Ravel
Debussy
Mahler
Prokofiev
Stravinsky
Chopin
RVW
Bartok

A fine list indeed. Many of my favorites mentioned.
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #877 on: August 31, 2017, 06:59:57 PM »
I think this thread needs no new Alien lists any time soon  :laugh: :laugh:

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #878 on: August 31, 2017, 07:34:08 PM »
I wrote this just over 5 years ago in 2012 in an old 25 Favorite Composers Thread...

Richard Strauss (Duett-Concertino for Clarinet and Bassoon))
William Byrd (Ye Sacred Muses)
Heinrich I. F. Biber (Violin Sonata No.3)
Jean-Philippe Rameau(Les Cyclopes)
Franz Joseph Haydn(Symphony No. 80 in D minor)
Hector Berlioz(Grande Messe des Morts)
Charles Ives(Piano Sonata No.2 "Concord")
Sergei Prokofiev(Symphony No.  6 in E flat Major
Benjamin Britten(Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings)
Philip Glass(Beauty and the Beast)   


This is my solid top ten, with R.Strauss being numero uno, the rest being chronological. R. Strauss' tone poems (Till Eulenspiegel in particular) initially sparked my interest in classical music. The rest of the list I'll present in chronological order...

John Dowland(Lachrimae)
Claudio Monteverdi(Orfeo)
J.S. Bach(Goldberg Variations)
Antonio Vivaldi(Mandolin Concerto)
Georg Philipp Telemann(Overture-Suite in C major, TV 55 no C 3 "Wassermusik")
W. A. Mozart(Die Zauberflöte)
Franz Schubert(String Quartet No. 15 in D minor)
Edward Elgar(Symphony No. 2)
Alban Berg(Wozzeck)
Francis Poulenc(Figure humaine)
Alfred Schnittke(Choir Concerto)
Michael Nyman(MGV)
Pascal Dusapin(A Quia, concerto for Piano and Orchestra)
David Lang(Little Match Girl Passion)
Paul Schoenfield(Vaudeville, for Piccolo Trumpet and Orchestra)


I would say it's still close, although it's shocking that Bruckner was excluded completely, and Byrd made my Top Ten  ??? 
Maybe I don't know the old me as well as I though I did.  ;D

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #879 on: August 31, 2017, 07:46:48 PM »
I think this thread needs no new Alien lists any time soon  :laugh: :laugh:

I don’t think I need to post a list either. Members here should know my favorites by now and if they don’t just look at my posting history.
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