Poll

Favourite composer of symphonies, overtures, concertos, tone poems, etc.

Mozart
2 (6.3%)
Haydn
3 (9.4%)
Beethoven
6 (18.8%)
Mahler
4 (12.5%)
Bruckner
2 (6.3%)
Dvořák
2 (6.3%)
Shostakovich
2 (6.3%)
other (specify)
11 (34.4%)

Total Members Voted: 31

Author Topic: Your favourite composer of orchestral music  (Read 1992 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Florestan

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 17478
  • Location: Bucharest, Romania
Re: Your favourite composer of orchestral music
« Reply #20 on: September 17, 2014, 06:02:02 AM »
I missed the part where my opinion had to match yours.

Did you really?

That's what you wrote:

no-one can outdo Haydn when it comes to an Andante.

To which I replied as I did.
I compose music because I must give expression to my feelings, just as I talk because I must give utterance to my thoughts. --- Rachmaninoff

Ken B

  • Guest
Re: Your favourite composer of orchestral music
« Reply #21 on: September 17, 2014, 09:49:20 AM »
Concertos: Mozart
Everything else: banana, with Stravinsky second
« Last Edit: September 17, 2014, 06:31:00 PM by Ken B »

Offline Madiel

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 7256
    • A musical diary
  • Location: Canberra, Australia
  • Currently Listening to:
    Whatever's listed in my blog.
Re: Your favourite composer of orchestral music
« Reply #22 on: September 17, 2014, 01:20:43 PM »
Did you really?

That's what you wrote:

To which I replied as I did.

On a thread called YOUR FAVOURITE COMPOSER.

Grow up.
I am now working on a discography of the works of Vagn Holmboe. Please visit and also contribute!

Ken B

  • Guest
Re: Your favourite composer of orchestral music
« Reply #23 on: September 17, 2014, 01:26:47 PM »
I missed the part where my opinion had to match yours.
I miised the part where on a discussion board if you state an opinion others cannot disagree without you without your getting hostile.

Offline Madiel

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 7256
    • A musical diary
  • Location: Canberra, Australia
  • Currently Listening to:
    Whatever's listed in my blog.
Re: Your favourite composer of orchestral music
« Reply #24 on: September 17, 2014, 01:30:51 PM »
I miised the part where on a discussion board if you state an opinion others cannot disagree without you without your getting hostile.

It's not just "on a discussion board", it's on a particular thread. On THIS thread, they're entitled to have a different favourite composer. They're not entitled to frame it in a way that sounds like a lecture about how my answer was wrong. If we were on a thread where opinions were supposed to be about an objective fact, it would be completely different.

Twice now, he's said "Really?". We're not talking about something that is 'real', we're talking about my personal subjective opinion. I would have thought that was obvious from the context of the thread. Frankly, saying "Really?" in this context comes across as a patronising and insulting expression of disbelief. It comes across as "how could you like Haydn's Andantes so much, here's a list of Andantes you're supposed to like more". He gets a sharp response accordingly.
« Last Edit: September 17, 2014, 02:22:19 PM by orfeo »
I am now working on a discography of the works of Vagn Holmboe. Please visit and also contribute!

Offline HIPster

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 2705
  • HIPster
  • Location: Zimmermann's Cafe
  • Currently Listening to:
    Bach and Beyond
Re: Your favourite composer of orchestral music
« Reply #25 on: September 17, 2014, 01:32:10 PM »
Haydn for me.

Two years ago it would have been Beethoven, hands down.

I suppose my current faves list would look like this:

Haydn
Beethoven
Shostakovich
Lou Harrison
Mozart

Offline Dancing Divertimentian

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 5981
  • Posts: who's counting?
  • Currently Listening to:
    probably something somebody somewhere is snickering at...wait, Schoenberg! Definitely Schoenberg! (And, let's see, does he have a disciple or two...)...
Re: Your favourite composer of orchestral music
« Reply #26 on: September 17, 2014, 06:14:46 PM »
For symphonies alone: Bruckner strides like a colossus over the entire lot of others (even over Mahler ;)).

Symphonic poems/incidental/other: Debussy, Sibelius, Richard Strauss, Stravinsky

Concertos: Bartok, Prokofiev, Mozart

Veit Bach-a baker who found his greatest pleasure in a little cittern which he took with him even into the mill and played while the grinding was going on. In this way he had a chance to have the rhythm drilled into him. And this was the beginning of a musical inclination in his descendants. JS Bach

Offline Florestan

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 17478
  • Location: Bucharest, Romania
Re: Your favourite composer of orchestral music
« Reply #27 on: September 18, 2014, 08:57:09 AM »
It's not just "on a discussion board", it's on a particular thread. On THIS thread, they're entitled to have a different favourite composer. They're not entitled to frame it in a way that sounds like a lecture about how my answer was wrong. If we were on a thread where opinions were supposed to be about an objective fact, it would be completely different.

Twice now, he's said "Really?". We're not talking about something that is 'real', we're talking about my personal subjective opinion. I would have thought that was obvious from the context of the thread. Frankly, saying "Really?" in this context comes across as a patronising and insulting expression of disbelief. It comes across as "how could you like Haydn's Andantes so much, here's a list of Andantes you're supposed to like more". He gets a sharp response accordingly.

Wow! Ranting, ranting, little boy...  ;D

Your turn to grow up, or at least to cool off, man!
« Last Edit: September 18, 2014, 08:58:58 AM by Florestan »
I compose music because I must give expression to my feelings, just as I talk because I must give utterance to my thoughts. --- Rachmaninoff

Offline Israfel the Black

  • Full Member
  • *
  • Posts: 163
Re: Your favourite composer of orchestral music
« Reply #28 on: September 18, 2014, 04:22:21 PM »
For symphonies, it's Bruckner, but it's Mozart overall.



Offline Jaakko Keskinen

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 1967
  • Huge fan of 19th and 20th century art.
  • Location: Finland
Re: Your favourite composer of orchestral music
« Reply #29 on: September 19, 2014, 02:49:58 AM »
Wagner, Beethoven, Liszt, Bruckner, Sibelius, Richard Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Rachmaninov... But especially Wagner and Beethoven.
« Last Edit: September 19, 2014, 02:52:02 AM by Alberich »
"Javert, though frightful, had nothing ignoble about him. Probity, sincerity, candor, conviction, the sense of duty, are things which may become hideous when wrongly directed; but which, even when hideous, remain grand."

- Victor Hugo

Offline 71 dB

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 6626
  • I free-think, therefore I am free
    • Soundcloud
  • Location: Helsinki, Finland
Re: Your favourite composer of orchestral music
« Reply #30 on: September 19, 2014, 09:49:56 AM »
Edward Elgar
Sergei Taneyev
Carl Nielsen
Heitor Villa-Lobos
Spatial distortion is a serious problem deteriorating headphone listening.
Crossfeeders reduce spatial distortion and make the sound more natural
and less tiresome in headphone listening.

My Sound Cloud page

Offline mszczuj

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 1040
Re: Your favourite composer of orchestral music
« Reply #31 on: September 19, 2014, 12:47:40 PM »
Beethoven

Offline Mirror Image

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 46446
  • Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)
  • Location: Northeast GA, US
  • Currently Listening to:
    ...Mist floating above the water...
Re: Your favourite composer of orchestral music
« Reply #32 on: September 19, 2014, 04:47:42 PM »
Edward Elgar
Sergei Taneyev
Carl Nielsen
Heitor Villa-Lobos

Nice list, 71dB. I didn't know you were such a Villa-Lobos fan. We'll have to talk about his music one day.
“Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art.” - Claude Debussy

Offline 71 dB

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 6626
  • I free-think, therefore I am free
    • Soundcloud
  • Location: Helsinki, Finland
Re: Your favourite composer of orchestral music
« Reply #33 on: September 20, 2014, 01:09:57 AM »
Nice list, 71dB. I didn't know you were such a Villa-Lobos fan. We'll have to talk about his music one day.

Yes, I like Villa-Lobos. I have mentioned it here, but not too often.  0:)

I'm fond of the way Villa-Lobos uses orchesta. Therefor I list him as one of my favorite composer of orchestral music.
Spatial distortion is a serious problem deteriorating headphone listening.
Crossfeeders reduce spatial distortion and make the sound more natural
and less tiresome in headphone listening.

My Sound Cloud page

Offline johnshade

  • Full Member
  • *
  • Posts: 149
  • ...between sunset and river
Re: Your favourite composer of orchestral music
« Reply #34 on: September 20, 2014, 08:14:58 AM »
R Strauss  Bartok  Beethoven  Brahms


« Last Edit: September 20, 2014, 08:18:30 AM by johnshade »
The sun's a thief, and with her great attraction robs the vast sea, the moon's an arrant thief, and her pale fire she snatches from the sun  (Shakespeare)

Offline Mirror Image

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 46446
  • Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)
  • Location: Northeast GA, US
  • Currently Listening to:
    ...Mist floating above the water...
Re: Your favourite composer of orchestral music
« Reply #35 on: September 20, 2014, 06:43:05 PM »
Yes, I like Villa-Lobos. I have mentioned it here, but not too often.  0:)

I'm fond of the way Villa-Lobos uses orchesta. Therefor I list him as one of my favorite composer of orchestral music.

It's okay your Villa-Lobos secret is safe with me. ;) ;D Yeah, Villa-Lobos didn't hold back when it came to orchestration. Large barrages of exotic percussion abound.
“Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art.” - Claude Debussy

Offline 71 dB

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 6626
  • I free-think, therefore I am free
    • Soundcloud
  • Location: Helsinki, Finland
Re: Your favourite composer of orchestral music
« Reply #36 on: September 21, 2014, 12:43:49 AM »
It's okay your Villa-Lobos secret is safe with me. ;) ;D

What a relief!!  :D

I have about 2 dozen CDs of Villa-Lobos. I have always collected his music slowly. Most of his music is kind of unknown territory and even unperformed!  ???


Spatial distortion is a serious problem deteriorating headphone listening.
Crossfeeders reduce spatial distortion and make the sound more natural
and less tiresome in headphone listening.

My Sound Cloud page

Offline Mirror Image

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 46446
  • Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)
  • Location: Northeast GA, US
  • Currently Listening to:
    ...Mist floating above the water...
Re: Your favourite composer of orchestral music
« Reply #37 on: September 21, 2014, 12:07:10 PM »
What a relief!!  :D

I have about 2 dozen CDs of Villa-Lobos. I have always collected his music slowly. Most of his music is kind of unknown territory and even unperformed!  ???

It seems that most of his music is unknown territory for a lot of people. :) You and I excluded of course.
“Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art.” - Claude Debussy