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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #20 on: June 23, 2018, 07:55:26 AM »
Satie or Fauré or Saint-Saens....can't make up my mind which French composer I like more.

Chabrier, Lalo, Massenet?  :)

And now that I think of it, Sarasate.
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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #21 on: June 23, 2018, 07:59:26 AM »
Chabrier, Lalo, Massenet?  :)

And now that I think of it, Sarasate.

All worthy contenders.

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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #22 on: June 23, 2018, 08:03:15 AM »
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.
like, the first picks that come to my mind would include:

https://youtu.be/QXAv-NGppFw?t=1328
https://youtu.be/QXAv-NGppFw?t=1423
https://youtu.be/6p0I7dTKqeU?t=662
https://youtu.be/FrBU9u6RKio?t=78
https://youtu.be/JlMHjo7Jwhk?t=69
https://youtu.be/-Hl_zkSYVGU?t=23
https://youtu.be/h1T20eu3mMQ?t=119
https://youtu.be/ewJoB90LLDc?t=770
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZfrx7YhUNY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_uPCzXldtA
https://youtu.be/mKT5XsmMAts?t=615
https://youtu.be/QVs5EYngDno?t=178

but even just going through these I start to wonder how much I'm responding to other things like harmonic context and timbre that are inseparable from the melodic material itself. And also obviously a lot is based on what repertoire I know best.

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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #23 on: June 23, 2018, 08:36:55 AM »
like, the first picks that come to my mind would include:

https://youtu.be/QXAv-NGppFw?t=1328
https://youtu.be/QXAv-NGppFw?t=1423
https://youtu.be/6p0I7dTKqeU?t=662
https://youtu.be/FrBU9u6RKio?t=78
https://youtu.be/JlMHjo7Jwhk?t=69
https://youtu.be/-Hl_zkSYVGU?t=23
https://youtu.be/h1T20eu3mMQ?t=119
https://youtu.be/ewJoB90LLDc?t=770
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZfrx7YhUNY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_uPCzXldtA
https://youtu.be/mKT5XsmMAts?t=615
https://youtu.be/QVs5EYngDno?t=178

but even just going through these I start to wonder how much I'm responding to other things like harmonic context and timbre that are inseparable from the melodic material itself. And also obviously a lot is based on what repertoire I know best.

Of those, the Brahms violin sonata and the Poulenc piano concerto are examples I'd choose.  Brahms is a composer known for other things than melody but when I think his works there are always really good melodies.

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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #24 on: June 23, 2018, 08:41:16 AM »
I had a senior moment for sure  ;D

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Two of them: you listed Elgar.

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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #25 on: June 23, 2018, 08:44:43 AM »
Schubert
Mozart

Handel


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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #26 on: June 23, 2018, 08:44:55 AM »
Great list, although --- believe me or not --- I have never heard one single note of Glass.  :)

I know our Greg will forgive me this jest: If you've heard one, you've heard 'em all.
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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #27 on: June 23, 2018, 08:54:25 AM »
To help Florestan overcome his appalling lack ...
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pyyDvKrc58s&t=11s
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« Reply #28 on: June 23, 2018, 09:21:33 AM »
To help Florestan overcome his appalling lack ...
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pyyDvKrc58s&t=11s

Sorry, like most of Glass, I find that trite and pedantic.  The guy is a hack compared to Riley, Reich or Adams
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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #29 on: June 23, 2018, 09:31:36 AM »
like, the first picks that come to my mind would include:
On mobile right now, very excited to get to a computer later and find out what all is on this list of links. The first melodies I think of immediately as my favorites are - in the order they appeared in my brain, not necessarily final order -

Schubert quintet D956, That tune in the first movement
L'embarquement pour Cythère
The Moldau
J Strauss - Roses from the South, the theme which begins the intro and returns mid-waltzing
The B theme from first movement of Tchaikovsky's Suite No 3, and the love theme from his Hamlet, and the I don't know what it's called but the gorgeous slow Adagio from Sleeping Beauty
Shostakovich fugue theme in A major, Op 87 No 7

Dvorak category: Symphony No 4, the scherzo and trio; Quintet Op 77, B theme in the scherzo; opening of Quintet Op 81; more or less the entire Dumky Trio

Amw, not sure what insight you will get from my list but I see a pattern of melodies which are in major keys but still communicate sadness or a sense of loss.

Oh, an outlier: the Love of Three Oranges march!
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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #30 on: June 23, 2018, 11:58:01 AM »
Tons and tons of unforgettable melodies from these awesome composers:

Tchaikovsky
Dvorák
Saint-Saëns
Atterberg
Raff

Bonus: Braga Santos
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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #31 on: June 23, 2018, 12:01:52 PM »
Vaughan Williams
Braga Santos
Tchaikovsky
Dvořák
Saint-Saëns
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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #32 on: June 23, 2018, 12:09:53 PM »
Two of them: you listed Elgar.

 ;) >:D

 ;D :D ;D  ...great comment...and I forgive you  ;)

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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #33 on: June 23, 2018, 12:17:37 PM »
Can someone point me to an unforgettable melody by Raff?

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« Reply #34 on: June 23, 2018, 12:54:40 PM »
Can someone point me to an unforgettable melody by Raff?

I cannot forget what I have never heard  0:)
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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #35 on: June 23, 2018, 10:53:50 PM »
Another five:
Malcolm Arnold
Samuel Barber
Zoltán Kodály
Ottorino Respighi
Joaquín Rodrigo


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« Reply #36 on: June 23, 2018, 11:40:09 PM »
A general consensus seems to emerge around Mozart, Schubert, Dvorak and Tchaikovsky.  :)
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« Reply #37 on: June 24, 2018, 01:59:39 AM »
On mobile right now, very excited to get to a computer later and find out what all is on this list of links. The first melodies I think of immediately as my favorites are - in the order they appeared in my brain, not necessarily final order -

Schubert quintet D956, That tune in the first movement
L'embarquement pour Cythère
The Moldau
J Strauss - Roses from the South, the theme which begins the intro and returns mid-waltzing
The B theme from first movement of Tchaikovsky's Suite No 3, and the love theme from his Hamlet, and the I don't know what it's called but the gorgeous slow Adagio from Sleeping Beauty
Shostakovich fugue theme in A major, Op 87 No 7

Dvorak category: Symphony No 4, the scherzo and trio; Quintet Op 77, B theme in the scherzo; opening of Quintet Op 81; more or less the entire Dumky Trio

Amw, not sure what insight you will get from my list but I see a pattern of melodies which are in major keys but still communicate sadness or a sense of loss.
I think we all have different things we look for. Most of my choices seem to be in triple time (3/4, or 3/8, or 6/8 or 6/4 etc). That said we also seem to agree on the Schubert and Tchaikovsky choices....

Of those, the Brahms violin sonata and the Poulenc piano concerto are examples I'd choose.  Brahms is a composer known for other things than melody but when I think his works there are always really good melodies.
Honestly Brahms should be on my list in general. He could write a tune when he put his mind to it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j74III4mmds
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt3leotWcw8
https://youtu.be/r6fnrHigxRE?t=1015
https://youtu.be/rwM5jYT-64s?t=55
https://youtu.be/w_-fIWfrlvo?t=908

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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #38 on: June 24, 2018, 02:59:52 AM »
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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #39 on: June 24, 2018, 04:17:46 AM »
I'd be curious to see what people's favourite melodies are, actually.

Some of my favorites from the "five" composers I listed in my original post:

Mahler the Almschi theme from the Finale of Symphony No.10 https://youtu.be/p0D_ByNajKg?t=4186
Mahler Andante from Symphony No.6 https://youtu.be/E7y0_Z3uXts?t=2125
Tchaikovsky Pas de deux from the Nutcracker https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YR5USHu6D6U
Tchaikovsky Swan theme from Swan Lake https://youtu.be/9cNQFB0TDfY?t=4
Elgar "Sabbath Morning at Sea" from Sea Pictures https://youtu.be/GauIMo8Manc?t=580
Vaughan Williams Fantasia from Symphony No.8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlZuR_KQa2g
Fauré Pavane https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LD2SOMlKf4w
Fauré Sicilienne from Pelleas et Melisande https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-ucDjeG_XM
Saint-Saens the simple, hymn-like main theme from the last movement of the Piano Concerto No.4 https://youtu.be/gjUuri84-jk?t=1248
Satie Gnossienne No.4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgsnRLPIUD0
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