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Offline amw

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #880 on: January 24, 2018, 02:21:47 AM »
Last couple months primarily:

Mozart
Beethoven
Haydn
Matteo da Perugia (even though I have no idea who he actually is)
Luca Marenzio
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Chaya Czernowin (again)
Janáček
Bach (mostly the passions though)
Christopher Tye
Brahms string sextets

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #881 on: January 24, 2018, 02:44:16 AM »
Right now, in alphabetical order:

Beethoven
Brahms
Dvorák
Nielsen
Prokofiev
Respighi
Saint-Saëns
Shostakovich
Tchaikovsky
Vaughan Williams
All personal favourites, except for Brahms (never attuned much to German 19th century Romanticism in general, but love Dvořák!)  ;D
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #882 on: January 24, 2018, 05:10:30 AM »
Paradoxically, I don't listen to some of my favorites all that much anymore because I spent so many years mostly listening to their music, e.g. Beethoven and Mozart. They are still absolute favorites and I love their music when I hear it.
E.g. since I got the Pro Arte Haydn and the Walcha Bach hpschd boxes before Xmas I listened to both all through within a week or so, subsequently probably another one or two times to the Bach and to another dozen of discs with Bach keyboard works but before that it might have been year or more since I had listened to any Haydn quartet or French suite.
So my favorites boringly stay mostly the same and there is a good chance that a piece by someone around 15-20 like Berlioz or Sibelius will currently receive more listening time than a perennial favorite.

Beethoven
Bach
Mozart
Haydn
Schubert
Brahms
Schumann
Chopin
Handel
Bartok
but the last three are already shaky, could as well be Mahler, Bruckner, Mendelssohn, Dvorak
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #883 on: January 24, 2018, 05:38:03 AM »
Chopin, shaky?  Jamais!
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #884 on: January 24, 2018, 07:11:12 AM »
I got to thinking about this particular list and, while it would be quite difficult, especially at this moment, to drop and replace anyone on this list, I have to drop Debussy and replace him with Ravel for a few reasons: 1. Daphnis et Chloé is one of the most magnificent pieces ever composed IMHO and has been a constant in my life for the past eight years, 2. I love L'enfant et les sortilèges and only merely like Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande, 3. Trois poèmes de Mallarmé!, and 4. Ravel’s two PCs, like Daphnis, are two of my favorite pieces that have been in my mind since I first heard them. I still love Debussy’s chamber music dearly, but, outside of his chamber music and a few select orchestral works, he doesn’t quite entice me the same way Ravel’s music has. So sorry Claude! :-\
I thought Jeux would have (or actually had)  tipped the balance in Claude de France's favour...but no  :(. Still, you give perfectly legitimate reasons to prefer one composer over the other (even if I do  not share them   ;) ).

Good day, John:)
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #885 on: January 24, 2018, 07:14:07 AM »
These lists are very undesirable, because of their exclusive nature.

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #886 on: January 24, 2018, 07:20:04 AM »
These lists are very undesirable, because of their exclusive nature.

I think they are very desirable, because of their inclusive nature. :) Please, no offense

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #887 on: January 24, 2018, 09:56:07 AM »
These lists are very undesirable, because of their exclusive nature.

By marrying the woman you married, you excluded all other women.

By choosing the profession you chose, you excluded all other professions.

Just saying.



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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #888 on: January 24, 2018, 10:05:26 AM »
By marrying the woman you married, you excluded all other women.

You must  be kidding !!  You are talking to a frenchman


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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #889 on: January 24, 2018, 10:13:15 AM »
You must  be kidding !!  You are talking to a frenchman

Your reputation is greatly exaggerated.
“I love melody, I love to sing. I refuse to compose music only intended to be discovered and understood by future generations.” 

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #890 on: January 24, 2018, 01:17:56 PM »
I got to thinking about this particular list and, while it would be quite difficult, especially at this moment, to drop and replace anyone on this list, I have to drop Debussy and replace him with Ravel for a few reasons: 1. Daphnis et Chloé is one of the most magnificent pieces ever composed IMHO and has been a constant in my life for the past eight years, 2. I love L'enfant et les sortilèges and only merely like Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande, 3. Trois poèmes de Mallarmé!, and 4. Ravel’s two PCs, like Daphnis, are two of my favorite pieces that have been in my mind since I first heard them. I still love Debussy’s chamber music dearly, but, outside of his chamber music and a few select orchestral works, he doesn’t quite entice me the same way Ravel’s music has. So sorry Claude! :-\

+ 1

I admire Debussy (a lot), but I abandon myself to Ravel  :D

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #891 on: January 24, 2018, 01:24:33 PM »
You must  be kidding !!  You are talking to a frenchman

 ;D :D ;D

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #892 on: January 24, 2018, 05:31:50 PM »
These lists are very undesirable, because of their exclusive nature.

It's okay, you're still allowed to read other lists.
I am now working on a discography of the works of Vagn Holmboe. Please visit and also contribute!

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #893 on: January 24, 2018, 05:45:11 PM »
I thought Jeux would have (or actually had)  tipped the balance in Claude de France's favour...but no  :(. Still, you give perfectly legitimate reasons to prefer one composer over the other (even if I do not share them   ;) ).

Good day, John:)

G’day to you, Rafael. I hope everything is well with you. Yeah, you know I do love Claude, but the balance was tipped in Ravel’s favor for the afore mentioned reasons. But, you know, we certainly can’t control what we like --- we just have to accept what are ears happen to be drawn to. :)
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #894 on: January 24, 2018, 05:46:36 PM »
+ 1

I admire Debussy (a lot), but I abandon myself to Ravel  :D

Can’t argue with this! ;D
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #895 on: January 25, 2018, 09:21:28 PM »
+ 1

I admire Debussy (a lot), but I abandon myself to Ravel  :D

+1  8)
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #896 on: January 25, 2018, 11:42:45 PM »
At the moment:

Bach
Beethoven
Shostakovich
Prokofiev
Tchaikovsky
Sibelius
Chopin
Brahms
Mendelssohn
Debussy


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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #897 on: January 27, 2018, 04:45:41 AM »
In chronological order:

Bach, J.S.
Haydn
Beethoven
Chopin
Brahms
Dvorak
Faure
Rachmaninov
Ravel
Holmboe

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
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #898 on: February 01, 2018, 09:18:22 PM »
....Today I came up with:

Haydn
Beethoven
Chopin
Schumann
Brahms
Dvorak
Faure
Sibelius
Ravel
Holmboe

You chopped off Bach!?

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #899 on: February 02, 2018, 12:02:50 AM »
Yes.
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