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Your Top 10 Favorite French Composers
« on: January 24, 2018, 11:27:43 PM »
THE solution for ALL YOUR DILEMMAS with the 'Your Top 10 Favorites' thread: :laugh:
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   ;) ).
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 French Composers
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2018, 11:30:49 PM »
First attempt:
Bizet
Saint-Saëns
Debussy
Pierné
Ravel
Roussel
Koechlin
Tournemire
Sauguet
Dutilleux
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite French Composers
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2018, 12:04:44 AM »
Boulez
Machaut
Radigue
Dhomont
Perotin
Risset
Messiaen
Murail
Manoury
Grisey
Mantovani

I guess Mantovani can drop off if I really really really must limit it to 10

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite French Composers
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2018, 12:40:47 AM »
Ok let's play again

Berlioz
Bizet
Boulez
F Couperin
Debussy
Dutilleux
Grisey
Messiaen
Rameau
Ravel

Excluding the Franco-Flemish composers, otherwise Josquin would in in the list, replacing Ravel



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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite French Composers
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2018, 01:13:18 AM »
Voyons...

I'll exclude French composers who were not French born (e.g., Lully, Hahn)..I know, this is "cheating by rigouristy", but OTOH  I am not applying GMG's peculiar arithmetic rules, according to which 12 or 15 names fit in a list of 10  :D

Par date de naissance:

Rameau
Berlioz
Chabrier
Debussy
Dukas
Roussel
Schmitt
Ravel
Milhaud
Messiaen
Boulez


(It's curious to see that the chien flasque has not yet appeared on any list)
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite French Composers
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2018, 01:28:44 AM »
Berlioz
Fauré
Ferrari
Grisey
Poulenc
Couperin (Louis)
Machaut
Bizet
Ravel
Dhomont

Probably

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite French Composers
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2018, 02:03:37 AM »
in no particular order and while I like several composers and pieces a lot I generally do not seem to be in harmony with the French aesthetic (normal for a German, I guess... we always preferred Italy and ocassionally Greece). I'll skip the Franco-Flemish and Medieval composers.

Fauré
Ravel
Rameau
Berlioz
Debussy
Couperin (Francois)
Bizet
Roussel
Saint-Saens
Chausson
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite French Composers
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2018, 02:25:11 AM »

(It's curious to see that the chien flasque has not yet appeared on any list)

Personally I know very little by him  (I had to google that :-[) but what I know doesn't appeal to me... ;)

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite French Composers
« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2018, 03:39:08 AM »
I love the music of Satie but unfortunately there are too many French composers I enjoy more than can fit on a top 10 list. I can't even happily narrow it down to 10, unfortunately.

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite French Composers
« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2018, 05:35:50 AM »
I don't generally like lists, but since mine will probably be different, I thought it might be more interesting (it leans more towards opera and ballet):
Jacques Offenbach
Adolphe Adam
Daniel Auber
Georges Bizet
Louise Farrenc
Louis Theodore Gouvy
Camille Saint-Saens
Maurice Ravel
Jules Massenet
Leo Delibes
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite French Composers
« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2018, 06:09:29 AM »
Magnard
Milhaud
Saint-Saens
Satie
Tournemire
Cras
Debussy
Ravel
Varèse
Poulenc
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite French Composers
« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2018, 08:12:33 AM »
Charpentier
Lully
Alkan
Berlioz
Ravel
Debussy
Saint-Saëns
Messiaen
Poulenc
Offenbach

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite French Composers
« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2018, 09:12:27 AM »
My list will be heavy with the organists:  0:)

Louis Vierne

Cesar Franck
(Belgian-French)  ;)

Alexandre Guilmant

Charles-Marie Widor

Ernst Chausson

Theodor Dubois

Francis Poulenc

Arthur Honnegger
  (Swiss-French)  0:)

Olivier Messiaen

Pierre Boulez
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite French Composers
« Reply #13 on: January 25, 2018, 09:14:02 AM »
Alkan
Debussy
Faure
Machaut
Dutilleux
Boulez
Ravel
Francaix
Cras
Berlioz

PS: Kimi asked me to add Francaix. (He took the place I had originally given to Chausson)
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite French Composers
« Reply #14 on: January 25, 2018, 11:59:23 AM »
In alphabetical order:

Berlioz
Chausson
Cras
Debussy
Fauré
Magnard
Poulenc
Ravel
Ropartz
Saint-Saëns

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite French Composers
« Reply #15 on: January 25, 2018, 01:54:52 PM »
Berlioz
Bizet
Couperin f
Charpentier
Desprez
Dufay
La Rue
Leonin
Machaut
Perotin
Saint-Saens
What were the French composers doing during the Classical Era?  ::)



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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite French Composers
« Reply #16 on: January 25, 2018, 02:18:45 PM »
In alphabetical order, again:

Berlioz
Boulez
Debussy
Fauré
Josquin des Prez
Machaut
Messiaen
Rameau
Ravel
Varèse
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite French Composers
« Reply #17 on: January 25, 2018, 03:19:01 PM »
What were the French composers doing during the Classical Era?  ::)
Worrying about shaving their necks?

Sticking to post-Renaissance composers..

Dutilleux
Ravel
Debussy
Fauré
Saint-Saëns
Alkan
Berlioz
Rameau
Fr. Couperin
L. Couperin
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite French Composers
« Reply #18 on: January 25, 2018, 04:07:42 PM »
Berlioz
Bizet
Koechlin
Milhaud
Pierné
Ravel
Ropartz
Schmitt
Tournemire
Vierne

Man, this is difficult...

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite French Composers
« Reply #19 on: January 25, 2018, 04:12:07 PM »
Ravel
Debussy
Faure
Roussel
Messiaen
Milhaud
Poulenc
Saint-Saens
Magnard
d'Indy
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