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Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
« Reply #180 on: December 29, 2018, 01:40:04 PM »
Bach
Haydn
Mozart
Beethoven
Schubert
Wagner
Bruckner
Brahms
Mahler
Reger

Berlioz
Gouvy
Honegger
Schmitt
Koechlin

Sibelius
Pettersson
Dvorak
Janacek
Tchaikovsky

Verdi
Puccini
Elgar
Vaughan Williams
Arnold

A top 25 list is perforce quite conventional and reveals very little. It’s the 26-50 ranking that stimulates the mind and forces to make hard choices  8).

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Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
« Reply #181 on: December 29, 2018, 01:55:19 PM »
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Arnold
Barber
Bartók
Bate
Braga Santos
Brian
Debussy
Falla
Guarnieri
Holmboe
Holst
Honegger
Janáček
Kinsella
Kodály
Nielsen
Pärt
Pierné
Ravel
Respighi
Saint-Saëns
Stravinsky
Tournemire
Tubin
Vaughan Williams
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Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
« Reply #182 on: December 30, 2018, 12:45:19 AM »
A top 25 list is perforce quite conventional and reveals very little. It’s the 26-50 ranking that stimulates the mind and forces to make hard choices  8).

Agreed 100%.  :)
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Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
« Reply #183 on: December 30, 2018, 01:16:27 AM »
I'd say that Reger, Gouvy, Schmitt, Koechlin, Petterson and Arnold in the top 25 is not very conventional. I don't dare any suggestions what it might reveal personally...
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Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
« Reply #184 on: December 30, 2018, 04:12:02 AM »
A top 25 list is perforce quite conventional and reveals very little. It’s the 26-50 ranking that stimulates the mind and forces to make hard choices  8).

It doesn't matter what quota we put on any of these lists, someone talks about why they can't stick to the quota.
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Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
« Reply #185 on: December 30, 2018, 06:59:37 AM »
It doesn't matter what quota we put on any of these lists, someone talks about why they can't stick to the quota.

Imo, much more revelatory than a list of favorite composers is a list of favorite periods. For me, that would be Romanticism, Classical and Baroque, in order (allowing for the vagueness and ex post facto definition in each case).
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Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
« Reply #186 on: December 30, 2018, 08:15:19 AM »
In no particular order -

Bach, JS
Mozart
Beethoven
Schubert
Wagner

Bruckner
Haydn
Brahms
Mahler
Berlioz

Monteverdi
Schutz
Purcell
Tallis
Handel

Sibelius
Nielsen
Dvorak
Janacek
Martinu

Verdi
Elgar
Vaughan Williams
Tchaikovsky
Richard Strauss


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Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
« Reply #187 on: December 30, 2018, 08:19:54 AM »
In no particular order -

Bach, JS
Mozart
Beethoven
Schubert
Wagner

Bruckner
Haydn
Brahms
Mahler
Berlioz

Monteverdi
Schutz
Purcell
Tallis
Handel

Sibelius
Nielsen
Dvorak
Janacek
Martinu

Verdi
Elgar
Vaughan Williams
Tchaikovsky
Richard Strauss

So overall, you're mainly into Romanticism, 15 out of 25.  :)
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Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
« Reply #188 on: December 30, 2018, 09:07:09 AM »
So overall, you're mainly into Romanticism, 15 out of 25.  :)

The list reflects the composers best represented in my collection but I also have a fair amount of renaissance and baroque music - Vivaldi almost made it to the list but I haven't been listening to him for a while. I have quite a large collection of British music but RVW, Elgar and Purcell stand out. I also like French music but again Berlioz is the only French composer I would consider for my top 25 - Ravel and Faure would probably make it into 26 - 50. I have a fair amount of 20th century music but most of that is from the first half (roughly) of the century. A few years ago Shostakovich would have made the list but my interest has waned recently - no idea why.

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Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
« Reply #189 on: December 30, 2018, 09:08:15 AM »
A top 25 list is perforce quite conventional and reveals very little. It’s the 26-50 ranking that stimulates the mind and forces to make hard choices  8).
I beg to differ. If I make such listings they are very conventional up to about 15 but seem to become rather arbitrary already around 20 and I could not be bothered to seriously try 26-50. Beyond 30 I would rarely have a strongly held opinion at all if a certain composer should be 35 or rather 50.
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Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
« Reply #190 on: December 30, 2018, 01:52:05 PM »
I beg to differ.If I make such listings they are very conventional up to about 15 but seem to become rather arbitrary already around 20 and I could not be bothered to seriously try 26-50. Beyond 30 I would rarely have a strongly held opinion at all if a certain composer should be 35 or rather 50.

Be my guest ! This is what a forum is made for  :).

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Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
« Reply #191 on: December 30, 2018, 04:23:35 PM »
Imo, much more revelatory than a list of favorite composers is a list of favorite periods. For me, that would be Romanticism, Classical and Baroque, in order (allowing for the vagueness and ex post facto definition in each case).

Well, I partially agree, in that the thing I find most interesting about these lists is the degree to which the composers are widely spread in time or tightly bound together. Some people's lists cover several centuries, others have a big cluster of composers from only a generation or two.
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Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
« Reply #192 on: December 31, 2018, 12:18:33 AM »
Well, I partially agree, in that the thing I find most interesting about these lists is the degree to which the composers are widely spread in time or tightly bound together. Some people's lists cover several centuries, others have a big cluster of composers from only a generation or two.

Yes, that's what I meant.
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Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
« Reply #193 on: July 31, 2021, 05:59:03 PM »
In some order:

Beethoven
Nielsen
Brahms
Shostakovich
Dvorak

Sibelius
Vaughan Williams
Janacek
Martinu
Prokofiev

Arnold
Strauss
Langgaard
Saint-Saëns
Respighi

Alwyn
Bax
Holmboe
Hindemith
Schubert

Mahler
Bruckner
Tchaikovsky
Poulenc
Casella
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Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
« Reply #194 on: July 31, 2021, 06:19:54 PM »
OMG...let’s see if I can make a list...

The top five are in order, but the rest gets a bit hazy after those, but here’s my list:

Debussy
Mahler
Strauss
Bartók
Ravel

Sibelius
Shostakovich
Martinů
Stravinsky
Dvořák

Berlioz
Vaughan Williams
Tchaikovsky
Prokofiev
Nielsen

Villa-Lobos
Schoenberg
Berg
Janáček
Schnittke

Korngold
Glazunov
Lutosławski
Poulenc
Enescu


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Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
« Reply #195 on: July 31, 2021, 06:54:57 PM »
Ah, this is back...

This time, I'm just going to list the 23 composers for whom I have enough works recordings that they got their own page in the spreadsheet...

Are these all my favourites? I don't know, but they must have been sufficiently interesting to me that I acquired a reasonable number of discs (though this does slightly favour composers who wrote small works, you get more of them per disc).

Bach
Barber
Beethoven
Brahms
Bridge
Chopin
Debussy
Dvorak
Faure
Haydn
Holmboe
Mahler
Mozart
Nielsen
Pejacevic
Poulenc
Ravel
Schubert
Schumann
Scriabin
Shostakovich
Sibelius
Vivaldi
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Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
« Reply #196 on: August 02, 2021, 06:33:23 AM »
It’s been a few years since I’ve made a list, so here goes! ;)

Dvořák
Sibelius
Atterberg
Rachmaninoff
Prokofiev

Poulenc
Saint-Saëns
Lloyd
Vaughan Williams
Nielsen

Brahms
Casella
Mendelssohn
Braga Santos
Barber

Respighi
Andreae
Beethoven
Arnold
Damase

Bax
Janáček
Elgar
Kabalevsky
Suk
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Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
« Reply #197 on: August 02, 2021, 09:46:07 AM »
Building on this:

10 is cruelly Procrustean, but, today:

JSB
Bartók
Chopin
Haydn
Hindemith
Nielsen
Shostakovich
Sibelius
Stravinsky
Weinberg


This is an old thread, and I've probably posted before. I should guess that Weinberg is a recent addition.
I do hate to have left Prokofiev out....

JSB
Bartók
Brahms
Britten
Bruckner
Chopin
F. Couperin
Dvořák
Hartmann
Haydn
Hindemith
Holmboe
Janáček
Liszt
Monteverdi
Mozart
Nielsen
Prokofiev
Rakhmaninov
D. Scarlatti
Schoenberg
Shostakovich
Sibelius
Stravinsky
Tchaikovsky

Vaughan Williams
Vivaldi
Weinberg


Looks like 28, but I'm leaving it ....
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Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
« Reply #198 on: August 02, 2021, 09:53:22 AM »
It’s been a few years since I’ve made a list, so here goes! ;)

Dvořák
Sibelius
Atterberg
Rachmaninoff
Prokofiev

Poulenc
Saint-Saëns
Lloyd
Vaughan Williams
Nielsen

Brahms
Casella
Mendelssohn
Braga Santos
Barber

Respighi
Andreae
Beethoven
Arnold
Damase

Bax
Janáček
Elgar
Kabalevsky
Suk

Surprised not to see Shostakovich on your list, Kyle.
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Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
« Reply #199 on: August 02, 2021, 06:51:17 PM »
Surprised not to see Shostakovich on your list, Kyle.

Truth is, I don't really listen to Shostakovich's music nearly as often as I used to. Of course, I don't doubt that he's a great composer, but his often angst-ridden style isn't something I really gravitate towards these days. The same applies to my relationship with Mahler's music.
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