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--- Quote from: Ken B on March 08, 2014, 07:45:44 PM ---First place is easy. JS Bach.
So second place is empty. ;D
From there, you mean now or lifetime? Mozart would be next if we integrated over the past nearly 40 years. He'd be lower now since, knowing the music so well ( crack my skull and you will hear PC 21 leak out) I listen only occasionally. So my answer will lifetime. More or less this order.
Stravinsky.
Schubert.
Beethoven.
Palestrina.
Josquin.
Bruckner.
Schutz. Or maybe Glass or Nyman.


The most important in having changed my life and my musical listening are Tchaikovsky and Glass. Each has been for a while 1 or 2. I confess that for a brief period of madness Mahler was in top spot, but I'd better say no more on that topic  :)

In terms of this past few months Haydn makes top 3, but long term not.

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Well, I'm really talking about your all-time favorites. Surprised to see Bruckner on your list. He used to be high on my list, but over the past couple of years I haven't been really interested in hearing any of his music. I do like his music a lot no question about it. Mahler I can take or leave. Mostly leave, although I do still love Symphonies 5 & 7.

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--- Quote from: TheGSMoeller on March 08, 2014, 07:47:24 PM ---Funny, there was a top 25 composers thread two years ago, and I found it! Here was my top 10 from 2 years ago...

...and it's safe to say it has changed a bit. I would definitely remove Byrd and even Ives and replace them with Bruckner, Poulenc or Brahms.

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Good to see Poulenc would be on your list. I, obviously, feel the same way. 8) Surprised that you would replace Ives, though, but our tastes seem to change and we really can't control them, so my hat is off to you for accepted those changes and moving on with it.

Ken B:

--- Quote from: Mirror Image on March 08, 2014, 07:51:15 PM ---Well, I'm really talking about your all-time favorites. Surprised to see Bruckner on your list. He used to be high on my list, but over the past couple of years I haven't been really interested in hearing any of his music. I do like his music a lot no question about it. Mahler I can take or leave. Mostly leave, although I do still love Symphonies 5 & 7.

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Bruckner is another lifetime thing. I listen a lot less now, and there just isn't that much music.
But central for a long time.
Sibelius is off the list but he wrote my favorite piece (#7). I like his music but only love 5 and 7.

TheGSMoeller:

--- Quote from: Mirror Image on March 08, 2014, 07:52:56 PM ---Good to see Poulenc would be on your list. I, obviously, feel the same way. 8) Surprised that you would replace Ives, though, but our tastes seem to change and we really can't control them, so my hat is off to you for accepted those changes and moving on with it.

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You know as well as anyone here that tastes change.  ;)
And my omission of Ives doesn't in any way diminish my admiration for his music, but I have had a re-discovery of sorts of Bruckner's music and a new discovery of Brahms chamber works that have out weighed my Ives listening these past years.

Now looking at the rest of the 25 list I'm leaving out some heave hitters, honestly you could mix and match any of these with my top ten and I'd be pleased.  ;D


--- Quote from: TheGSMoeller on July 03, 2012, 01:02:24 PM ---John Dowland
Claudio Monteverdi
J.S. Bach
Antonio Vivaldi
Georg Philipp Telemann
W. A. Mozart
Franz Schubert
Edward Elgar
Alban Berg
Francis Poulenc
Alfred Schnittke
Michael Nyman
Pascal Dusapin
David Lang
Paul Schoenfield

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Brian:
Now hang on, wasn't this Top Three before?

1. Beethoven
2. Dvorak
T3. Chopin
T3. Schubert
5. Ravel
6. Janacek
7. Berlioz
8. Haydn
9. Martinu
10. Tchaikovsky

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