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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #40 on: June 24, 2018, 04:39:22 AM »
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

I expected to see Waltz #2 ...
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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #41 on: June 24, 2018, 05:16:16 AM »
I expected to see Waltz #2 ...

It was in the running  8)

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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #43 on: June 24, 2018, 05:54:03 AM »
A general consensus seems to emerge around Mozart, Schubert, Dvorak and Tchaikovsky.  :)

True. In light of my having been in the majority I wish to change my list.

Webern
Ferneyhough
Stockhausen
Boulez
Yoko Ono
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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #44 on: June 24, 2018, 05:55:46 AM »
True. In light of my having been in the majority I wish to change my list.

Webern
Ferneyhough
Stockhausen
Boulez
Yoko Ono

You might want to replace Yoko Ono with Sachiko M.  ;D
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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #45 on: June 24, 2018, 05:58:02 AM »
You might want to replace Yoko Ono with Sachiko M.  ;D
Actually, Ono is the best melodist on my list!
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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #47 on: June 24, 2018, 06:00:17 AM »
Actually, Ono is the best melodist on my list!

Precisely.  :laugh:
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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #48 on: June 24, 2018, 06:45:02 AM »
Oops, forgot the slow movement of the Barber violin concerto on my list of specific favorite melodies.

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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #49 on: June 24, 2018, 06:55:20 AM »
Actually, Ono is the best melodist on my list!

You say this only because you don't actually listen to any of them.
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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #50 on: June 24, 2018, 07:05:48 AM »
You say this only because you don't actually listen to any of them.
Or the reverse.
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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #51 on: June 24, 2018, 07:32:13 AM »
Or the reverse.

I would be surprised if you were as familiar with the work of Webern, Boulez, and Stockhausen as I am.  Maybe you do really love their music after all.
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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #52 on: June 24, 2018, 07:41:46 AM »
I would be surprised if you were as familiar with the work of Webern, Boulez, and Stockhausen as I am.  Maybe you do really love their music after all.
If only you knew more you'd agree with me.
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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #53 on: June 24, 2018, 07:44:58 AM »
If only you knew more you'd agree with me.

It's not about agreement or disagreement.  I didn't mean to say that I thought Stockhausen, Webern, et al were the greatest melodists.  I meant to say that if you actually listened to their music, you would at least be aware that it is, in fact, full of melodies.  It's not an opinion, just a matter of construction.

I am asking, though.  Do you know, for example, the melody that begins the second movement of Le marteau sans maitre?  It went through my mind as I was typing this.  If you don't know any of the melodies in these composers' work, how can you make any evaluation of their quality?

I've heard a few of Raff's symphonies, and I don't remember a single melody from any of them.  That doesn't make me want to ridicule the person who selected Raff for this thread, it simply makes me aware of the fact that they remember those melodies and enjoy them, and I don't even remember them well enough to have any opinion of them.
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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #54 on: June 24, 2018, 03:43:57 PM »
Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann

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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #55 on: June 24, 2018, 04:17:06 PM »
Great list, although --- believe me or not --- I have never heard one single note of Glass.  :)

Well, there are only 5 notes in total, so you should really go ahead and get it over with.
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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #56 on: June 24, 2018, 05:31:16 PM »
Prokofiev
Dvorak
Schubert
Boccherini
Mozart

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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #57 on: June 25, 2018, 06:46:33 AM »
This is no mean feat of melodic writing -  a memorable solo piccolo piece

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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #58 on: June 27, 2018, 09:15:06 AM »
Malcolm Arnold
Debussy
Martinu
Glazunov
Tchaikovsky
Allan Pettersson (only joking)

Atterberg (not joking)
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Re: Your Top Five Melodists
« Reply #59 on: June 27, 2018, 11:15:14 AM »
I'm surprised Strauss R. hasn't had a mention yet - he might get onto my list, were it not for

Du Fay
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Dowland
Byrd and
Morley
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