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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #1100 on: August 03, 2021, 07:10:00 AM »
This is an interesting list. I think 10 narrows you to be intelligent and practical, or emotional and academic, or viceversa, mixed, etc.

Beethoven
Nielsen
Brahms
Shostakovich
Vaughan Williams
Janáček
Martinů
Dvořák
Haydn
Sibelius

Interesting to see Haydn on your list. I’ve been listening to his music with more frequency recently and have been gaining much pleasure from it. I think Haydn is one of those composers whose music requires a really excellent performance to truly come to life. A dull or anemic performance of his music can be a really dreadful experience!
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #1101 on: August 03, 2021, 07:12:35 AM »
Bach
Beethoven
Haydn
Mozart
Schubert
Brahms
Shostakovich
Mahler
Bruckner
Vaughan Williams

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #1102 on: August 03, 2021, 07:40:42 AM »
My top 10, plus 14 runners-up. So sue me.  ;D

Bartók
Berg
Britten
Bruckner
Dvořák  
Ives
Janáček
Mahler
Shostakovich
Stravinsky

Berio
Debussy
Grisey
Gubaidulina
Hindemith
Lachenmann
Ligeti
Martinů
Prokofiev
Ravel

Rachmaninoff
Schnittke
Sibelius
Verdi

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #1103 on: August 03, 2021, 10:47:15 AM »
My top 10...

Bartók
Berg
Britten
Bruckner
Dvořák   
Ives
Janáček
Mahler
Shostakovich
Stravinsky

A fine list, indeed. 8)
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #1104 on: August 03, 2021, 11:03:41 AM »
My list then...

Johann Sebastian Bach
Wolgang Amadeus Mozart
Ludwig van Beethoven
Richard Wagner
Claude Debussy
Manuel de Falla
Arnold Schoenberg
George Enescu
Igor Stravinsky
Pierre Boulez


…and my list now:

Ludwig van Beethoven
Richard Wagner
Claude Debussy
Maurice Ravel
Florent Schmitt
Manuel de Falla
Arnold Schoenberg
George Enescu
Igor Stravinsky
Pierre Boulez
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #1105 on: August 03, 2021, 11:09:30 AM »
…and my list now:

Ludwig van Beethoven
Richard Wagner
Claude Debussy
Maurice Ravel
Florent Schmitt
Manuel de Falla
Arnold Schoenberg
George Enescu
Igor Stravinsky
Pierre Boulez

Leaving out Mozart is a cultural crime of the highest order. You, sir, are a barbarian.  >:D :P

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #1106 on: August 03, 2021, 11:26:50 AM »
Leaving out Mozart is a cultural crime of the highest order. ….
Sic transit gloria mundi;)

WAM will always have a special place in my heart, in any case.  :)

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #1107 on: August 03, 2021, 12:11:34 PM »
My top 10, plus 14 runners-up. So sue me.  ;D

Bartók
Berg
Britten
Bruckner
Dvořák   
Ives
Janáček
Mahler
Shostakovich
Stravinsky

Berio
Debussy
Grisey
Gubaidulina
Hindemith
Lachenmann
Ligeti
Martinů
Prokofiev
Ravel

Rachmaninoff
Schnittke
Sibelius
Verdi

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #1108 on: August 03, 2021, 12:16:13 PM »
…and my list now:

Ludwig van Beethoven
Richard Wagner
Claude Debussy
Maurice Ravel
Florent Schmitt
Manuel de Falla
Arnold Schoenberg
George Enescu
Igor Stravinsky
Pierre Boulez

A fine list, Rafael. I love all of these composers except for Schmitt who I’m just not impressed with.
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #1109 on: August 06, 2021, 05:15:56 AM »
Interesting to see Haydn on your list. I’ve been listening to his music with more frequency recently and have been gaining much pleasure from it. I think Haydn is one of those composers whose music requires a really excellent performance to truly come to life. A dull or anemic performance of his music can be a really dreadful experience!

Haydn has impressed me much lately mostly due to his Paris and London symphonies, which I revisited in the last months. However, I realized I left Prokofiev out!
Give us something else; give us something new; for Heaven's sake give us something bad, so long as we feel we are alive and active and not just passive admirers of tradition!

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #1110 on: August 22, 2021, 04:15:26 PM »
Currently in this mood:

Beethoven
Dvorak
Langgaard
Nielsen
Respighi
Saint-Saëns
Shostakovich
Sibelius
Tubin
Vaughan Williams


Conservative? Perhaps yes. But I can't deny my true obsessions in music: symphonies (except Respighi and Saint Saëns whose ones are not as terribly important to me, or at least they're not their best output).
Give us something else; give us something new; for Heaven's sake give us something bad, so long as we feel we are alive and active and not just passive admirers of tradition!

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