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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #980 on: October 07, 2019, 03:56:06 PM »
Here's my current list (based on their chamber music and solo keyboard/piano works, which is all I listen to by them):

Bach
Beethoven
Brahms
Liszt
Schumann
Schubert


Based on their entire output:

Machaut
Feldman
Stravinsky
Debussy


Here lately I've been listening to a lot of solo piano by Beethoven and Schubert, more than I have in the past by a wide margin.


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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #981 on: October 07, 2019, 05:41:25 PM »
Lately have been these:

My absolute top 3:

Nielsen
Brahms
Shostakovich


The remaining 7:

Beethoven
Martinu
Strauss
Arnold
Lutoslawski
Janacek
Mozart

It's the first time I didn't include either Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Sibelius or VW!  :o

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #982 on: October 09, 2019, 04:18:38 AM »
I think this is the only previous attempt I've made. Today I came up with:

Haydn
Beethoven
Chopin
Schumann
Brahms
Dvorak
Faure
Sibelius
Ravel
Holmboe

I think Shostakovich wants in.

The problem is I don't know who he could kick out...
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #983 on: October 09, 2019, 02:04:28 PM »
Schubert
Bach
Handel
Beethoven
Monteverdi
Purcell
Victoria
Chopin
Vivaldi
Brahms

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #984 on: October 09, 2019, 11:19:20 PM »
Well, there’s several composers that were on my list for many years that have vanished: Sibelius, Nielsen, and Vaughan Williams to give three examples.
Who 'vanished' after all?  ???
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #985 on: October 10, 2019, 06:07:38 AM »
Who 'vanished' after all?  ???

Leaving with a melodramatic flourish is not vanishing.
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #986 on: October 10, 2019, 11:15:59 AM »
Leaving with a melodramatic flourish is not vanishing.

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #987 on: October 11, 2019, 11:21:40 PM »
Not too much has changed since last time I pondered this particular question, but there is definitely more in my mind's eye. It's evil to be forced to pick 10. We did a list of 21 at one point in time!   >:D

JS Bach
Elgar
Mozart
Verdi
Wagner
Sibelius
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Marais
Bruckner
Beethoven
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #988 on: October 12, 2019, 04:03:58 AM »
New and revised:

1  Bach
2  Mahler
3  Beethoven
4  Brian
5  Haydn
6  Brahms
7  Feldman
8  Schubert
9  Berg
10 Rubbra

Nice to see Rubbra mentioned. I'm tempted to include him as well.
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #989 on: October 14, 2019, 08:07:23 AM »
I suppose a new is order:

My ‘Top 3’



The Other 7 (in no particular order) -



I’m still content with this list. Perfectly suits my tastes and really presents the composers with whom I’ve spent the most amount of time with because I have been moved by so much of their work.
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #990 on: October 17, 2019, 07:42:07 PM »
Lately have been these:

My absolute top 3:

Nielsen
Brahms
Shostakovich


The remaining 7:

Beethoven
Martinu
Strauss
Arnold
Lutoslawski
Janacek
Mozart

It's the first time I didn't include either Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Sibelius or VW!  :o

I never thought I'd see Mozart on your list! :o :D
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #991 on: October 17, 2019, 07:47:45 PM »
Currently...

Top 3:

Braga Santos
Dvořák
Sibelius

Remaining 7:

Atterberg
Barber
Damase
Lloyd
Nielsen
Prokofiev
Rachmaninoff
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #992 on: October 17, 2019, 07:56:15 PM »
Currently...

Top 3:

Braga Santos
Dvořák
Sibelius

Remaining 7:

Atterberg
Barber
Damase
Lloyd
Nielsen
Prokofiev
Rachmaninoff

Quite surprised to see Atterberg not in the ‘Top 3’. Very delighted to see Barber on your list. Have you seen the documentary on his music and life, Absolute Beauty? It’s definitely worth a viewing. Quite informative.
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #993 on: October 17, 2019, 08:25:52 PM »
I never thought I'd see Mozart on your list! :o :D

Some important rediscoveries were the cause of it, albeit these lists change constantly over the time.  :)

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #994 on: October 17, 2019, 10:30:46 PM »
Currently...

Top 3:

Braga Santos
Dvořák
Sibelius

Remaining 7:

Atterberg
Barber
Damase
Lloyd
Nielsen
Prokofiev
Rachmaninoff

Great to see Damase making an appearance here!  :)

Let's see - today's list:

Vaughan Williams
Miaskovsky
Shostakovich
Sibelius

Bruckner
Bax
Copland
Moeran
Tubin
Malcolm Arnold
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"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #995 on: October 18, 2019, 08:40:29 AM »
Quite surprised to see Atterberg not in the ‘Top 3’. Very delighted to see Barber on your list. Have you seen the documentary on his music and life, Absolute Beauty? It’s definitely worth a viewing. Quite informative.

Well, if I were to listen to an Atterberg piece right now, I'd probably change my mind and move him up! :D Since there's so many composers I love, a lot of it just has to do with whose music I've spent the most time with recently. And no, I haven't seen that Barber documentary. I'll definitely have to check it out!
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #996 on: October 19, 2019, 03:45:41 AM »
My list hasn't changed but I'll arrange it differently (by geography, not by order of preference, mind you!):

1. The Viennese Connection: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms
2. The German Connection: Mendelssohn, Schumann
3. The Russian Connection: Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff
4. The Odd Man Out: Chopin

 :D

I'm still happy with this list.
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #997 on: October 25, 2019, 11:30:34 PM »
Another 'blind' attempt, but I wonder if there are any differences with previous ones. Out of the top of my head:

1. Ralph Vaughan Williams
2. Vagn Holmboe
3. Eduard Tubin
4. Joly Braga Santos
5. Manuel de Falla
6. Samuel Barber
7. Ottorino Respighi
8. Malcolm Arnold
9. Leoš Janáček
10. Hendrik Andriessen

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #998 on: December 09, 2019, 05:57:07 AM »
Here's my current list (based on their chamber music and solo keyboard/piano works, which is all I listen to by them):

Bach
Beethoven
Brahms
Liszt
Schumann
Schubert


Based on their entire output:

Machaut
Feldman
Stravinsky
Debussy


Here lately I've been listening to a lot of solo piano by Beethoven and Schubert, more than I have in the past by a wide margin.

Machaut
Dufay
Ockeghem
Bach
Haydn
Mozart
Beethoven
Liszt
Schumann
Brahms


Biggest change is the disappearance of 20th - 21st century composers.  I hardly listen to music beyond these ten composers, or that of their periods, anymore.  I would have included Gregorian chant and troubadour/trouvere music, but "anonymous" seemed a waste of two slots when I had a solid ten.

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #999 on: December 09, 2019, 06:02:15 AM »
Machaut
Dufay
Ockeghem
Bach
Haydn
Mozart
Beethoven
Liszt
Schumann
Brahms


Biggest change is the disappearance of 20th - 21st century composers.  I hardly listen to music beyond these ten composers, or that of their periods, anymore.  I would have included Gregorian chant and troubadour/trouvere music, but "anonymous" seemed a waste of two slots when I had a solid ten.
I don't think I have any machaut. Maybe as a filler somewhere - will have to check. Is there a good introductory disc to his music that you would recommend?
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