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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #1040 on: July 30, 2020, 01:14:32 PM »
I know!  Ten is too short of a list for me too. lol  I was tempted to add Kodaly and Martinu to my list...Tchaikovsky could easily go on there too.  I like a variety, what can I say?   :)

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You could create a list for 11-25 composers on this thread if you want:

https://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,27766.0.html

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #1041 on: July 30, 2020, 01:21:41 PM »
My lists don't change that much over the time, but here goes again:

Arnold
Beethoven
Brahms
Dvorak
Martinu
Nielsen
Saint-Saëns
Shostakovich
Sibelius
Strauss

That makes:

1 English
3 German
2 Czech
1 Danish
1 French
1 Russian
1 Finnish

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #1042 on: July 31, 2020, 07:51:21 AM »
Currently:

Dvorak
Atterberg
Sibelius
Rachmaninoff
Prokofiev
Brahms
Nielsen
Vaughan Williams
Poulenc
Finzi

(3 Nordic, 2 British, 2 Russian, 1 Eastern European, 1 French, 1 German)
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #1043 on: July 31, 2020, 08:09:58 AM »
My list is still the same and I can't think of it being changed any time soon.

The Austrian Connection: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms (5, but only 2 echt-Oesterreichisch and only 1 echt-Wiener)
The German Connection: Schumann, Mendelssohn (2)
The Russian Connection: Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff (2)
The Odd Man Out: Chopin (1)

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #1044 on: July 31, 2020, 08:52:23 AM »
Possibly:

Arnold
Barber
Braga Santos
Falla
Holmboe
Kodály
Nielsen
Respighi
Tubin
Vaughan Williams
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #1045 on: July 31, 2020, 10:29:01 AM »
Top 10
Bach
Brahms
Stravinsky
Debussy
Liszt   
Durufle
Schumann   
Machaut
Beethoven
Ravel   

Next 15
Poulenc
Palestrina
Schoeck
Weinberg
Feldman
Carter
Bernstein
Satie
Fauré
Webern
Golijov
Wellesz
Dufay
Ockeghem
Meyer, K.

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #1046 on: July 31, 2020, 11:31:38 AM »
Possibly:

Arnold
Barber
Braga Santos
Falla
Holmboe
Kodály
Nielsen
Respighi
Tubin
Vaughan Williams
Another Kodaly lover!  ;D

I like your way of thinking San Antone (= Top 10 followed by next 15)!  ;D

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Top 10
Bach
Brahms
Stravinsky
Debussy
Liszt   
Durufle
Schumann   
Machaut
Beethoven
Ravel   

Next 15
Poulenc
Palestrina
Schoeck
Weinberg
Feldman
Carter
Bernstein
Satie
Fauré
Webern
Golijov
Wellesz
Dufay
Ockeghem
Meyer, K.


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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #1047 on: July 31, 2020, 11:37:01 AM »
Yeah, there were just too many composers I like almost as much as the top ten, who I wanted to mention.

 8)

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #1048 on: July 31, 2020, 11:57:39 AM »
Yeah, there were just too many composers I like almost as much as the top ten, who I wanted to mention.

 8)
I suspect that most of us here like a fairly wide range of composers (or at least a number of ones in a certain time period(s)).  Personally, I have favorite compositions, favorite composers...probably more limited in my time/era range, but do try and expand that from time to time to be honest...or maybe I should say revisit those categories/composers.

Best wishes,

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #1049 on: July 31, 2020, 04:24:13 PM »
Currently:

Dvorak
Atterberg
Sibelius
Rachmaninoff
Prokofiev
Brahms
Nielsen
Vaughan Williams
Poulenc
Finzi

(3 Nordic, 2 British, 2 Russian, 1 Eastern European, 1 French, 1 German)

No Braga Santos this time?  ;)

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #1050 on: July 31, 2020, 05:14:42 PM »
I know!  Ten is too short of a list for me too. lol  I was tempted to add Kodaly and Martinu to my list...Tchaikovsky could easily go on there too.  I like a variety, what can I say?   :)

PD

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #1051 on: July 31, 2020, 10:51:46 PM »
My list is still the same and I can't think of it being changed any time soon.

The Austrian Connection: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms (5, but only 2 echt-Oesterreichisch and only 1 echt-Wiener)
The German Connection: Schumann, Mendelssohn (2)
The Russian Connection: Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff (2)
The Odd Man Out: Chopin (1)

You turn Germans into Austrians just because they moved there? Unfair.

Of course, for most of them 'Germany' did not exist. They were all Germans. Some of whom were also Austrian.
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #1052 on: August 01, 2020, 07:48:52 AM »
No Braga Santos this time?  ;)

 ;) I was debating between him, Finzi, and Lloyd for 10th place. I went with Finzi to switch things up a little bit. 8)
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #1053 on: August 01, 2020, 08:14:09 AM »
;) I was debating between him, Finzi, and Lloyd for 10th place. I went with Finzi to switch things up a little bit. 8)
Are you a fan of his cello concerto?  It's a favorite of mine.   :)

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #1054 on: August 01, 2020, 08:35:03 AM »
You turn Germans into Austrians just because they moved there? Unfair.

Of course, for most of them 'Germany' did not exist. They were all Germans. Some of whom were also Austrian.

Am I right in thinking Ligeti and Xenakis were not actually Romanians?  ;)
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #1055 on: August 03, 2020, 05:46:48 AM »
You turn Germans into Austrians just because they moved there?

I don't know where did you get this bizarre notion from.

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Of course, for most of them 'Germany' did not exist. They were all Germans. Some of whom were also Austrian.

Exactly what I specified in my post.
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #1056 on: August 03, 2020, 05:47:21 AM »
Am I right in thinking Ligeti and Xenakis were not actually Romanians?  ;)

Yes, you are.
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #1057 on: August 03, 2020, 08:47:43 AM »
Are you a fan of his cello concerto?  It's a favorite of mine.   :)

Oh, am I! ;) It’s one of my favorite pieces of music.
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #1058 on: August 03, 2020, 08:48:43 AM »
Oh, am I! ;) It’s one of my favorite pieces of music.
OT Favorite recording(s) of it?  :)

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #1059 on: August 03, 2020, 03:00:50 PM »
I don't know where did you get this bizarre notion from.

From you labelling Beethoven and Brahms as Austrian rather than German.
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