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Offline Florestan

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Your Top Five Melodists
« on: June 23, 2018, 05:18:18 AM »
I mean, composers who are seemingly unable to put pen on paper without coming up with at least one great, hummable, stuck-in-your-head-able (sic!) tune.

My list, chronologically

Mozart
Rossini
Schubert
Tchaikovsky
Dvořák


Honorable mention: Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, Verdi, Bizet



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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2018, 05:24:18 AM »
I mean, composers who are seemingly unable to put pen on paper without coming up with at least one great, hummable, stuck-in-your-head-able (sic!) tune.

My list, chronologically

Mozart
Rossini
Schubert
Tchaikovsky
Dvořák


Honorable mention: Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, Verdi, Bizet

I'd be good with your original list, short of replacing Mozart with Mendelssohn... ;)

Mendelssohn
Schubert
Tchaikovsky
Dvořák
Rossini

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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2018, 05:31:06 AM »
I'd be good with your original list, short of replacing Mozart with Mendelssohn... ;)

Mendelssohn
Schubert
Tchaikovsky
Dvořák
Rossini

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I agree Felix belongs in the team --- but replacing Wolferl? No way.  :laugh:
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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2018, 05:41:52 AM »
The 20th century had some:

Rachmaninoff
Saint-Saëns
Barber

These come to mind immediately.

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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2018, 05:50:33 AM »
1. Schubert
2. Prokofiev
3. Rameau
4. Dvorak
5. Haydn

Honorable Mention: Glass  8)

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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2018, 06:02:33 AM »
The 20th century had some:

Rachmaninoff
Saint-Saëns
Barber

These come to mind immediately.

Poulenc, Rodrigo, Ernesto Nazareth, too.

One 20th century work which is choke-full with gorgeous tunes: Petrushka. (It's the only Stravinsky that I listen to on a regular basis.)



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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2018, 06:04:09 AM »
1. Schubert
2. Prokofiev
3. Rameau
4. Dvorak
5. Haydn

Honorable Mention: Glass  8)

Great list, although --- believe me or not --- I have never heard one single note of Glass.  :)

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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2018, 06:07:54 AM »
In alphabetical order, some composers whose melodies are always with me:

Debussy
Mahler
Mozart
Schoenberg
Takemitsu
"l do not consider my music as atonal, but rather as non-tonal. I feel the unity of all keys. Atonal music by modern composers admits of no key at all, no feeling of any definite center." - Arnold Schoenberg

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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2018, 06:08:53 AM »
Bach
Scarlatti
Mozart
Beethoven
Schumann
Brian Ferneyhough

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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2018, 06:31:53 AM »
I mean, composers who are seemingly unable to put pen on paper without coming up with at least one great, hummable, stuck-in-your-head-able (sic!) tune.

My list, chronologically

Mozart
Rossini
Schubert
Tchaikovsky
Dvořák


Honorable mention: Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, Verdi, Bizet

Fine list but I would replace Rossini with Verdi.
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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2018, 06:34:27 AM »
Feels like the answers so far are underrating vocal composers and light music composers!

Schubert
Dvořák
J. Strauss Jr.
Gershwin
Grieg

Among "serious" composers, one who hasn't been mentioned yet but oughta is Rimsky-Korsakov.

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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2018, 06:40:03 AM »
Brian Ferneyhough

LOL

Mozart
Martinu
Bach
Prokofiev
Xenakis
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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2018, 06:47:00 AM »
Feels like the answers so far are underrating vocal composers and light music composers!

I'll agree to shorting the latter, but the people on my list all wrote a great deal of vocal music, and I certainly had it in mind when making my choices.
"l do not consider my music as atonal, but rather as non-tonal. I feel the unity of all keys. Atonal music by modern composers admits of no key at all, no feeling of any definite center." - Arnold Schoenberg

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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #13 on: June 23, 2018, 07:00:48 AM »
Sibelius [can't believe I'm the first to mention him!]
Mahler
Beethoven
Schubert
Dvořák
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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #14 on: June 23, 2018, 07:05:44 AM »
Feels like the answers so far are underrating vocal composers and light music composers!

Okay, I'll play by your rules.

Bellini
Donizetti
Offenbach
Lanner
The Strauss Family


Honorable mention: Waldteufel, Ziehrer, Juventino Rosas, Kalman, Lehar

"I compose music because I must give utterance to my feelings, just as I talk because I must give utterance to my thoughts." --- Sergei Rachmaninoff

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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #15 on: June 23, 2018, 07:20:57 AM »
LOL

Mozart
Martinu
Bach
Prokofiev
Xenakis

Well I can't hum Ferneyhough, but can hear a number of his lines in my head - the openings of Terrain, Superscripto, Kurze Schatten II, L'Chute d'Icare
can do that with Everyali, but not much else of Xenakis (but alot of his music is textural)

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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #16 on: June 23, 2018, 07:21:38 AM »
Dvořák
Poulenc
Schubert
Shostakovich
Bizet
Gounod

I'd be curious to see what people's favourite melodies are, actually. Sometimes can be a bit hard to define what people exactly mean by that.

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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #17 on: June 23, 2018, 07:26:39 AM »
No one has yet mentioned Chopin?  :o  Okay, then I won't mention him either  :D
(Edit: Oh, I just noticed Florestan does include him in his honorable mentions.)

Elgar
Vaughan Williams
Tchaikovsky
Mahler
Satie or Fauré or Saint-Saens....can't make up my mind which French composer I like more.
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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #18 on: June 23, 2018, 07:33:31 AM »
No one has yet mentioned Chopin? 

I have, in the very OP.
"I compose music because I must give utterance to my feelings, just as I talk because I must give utterance to my thoughts." --- Sergei Rachmaninoff

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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #19 on: June 23, 2018, 07:37:06 AM »
I have, in the very OP.

Sorry to have missed it. I had a senior moment for sure  ;D

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