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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite French Composers
« Reply #60 on: January 29, 2018, 11:17:29 PM »
I tend to think of Honegger as Swiss. 'Symphony 4: The Delights of Basel' etc although I know that he spent much time in France.
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite French Composers
« Reply #61 on: January 29, 2018, 11:38:21 PM »
Total vote now, with a new runner up:
Debussy (21x)
Ravel (21x)
Berlioz (14x)
Poulenc (13x)
Saint-Saens (13x)
Messiaen (12x)
Fauré (10x)
Boulez (9x)
Rameau (9x)
Dutilleux (8x)
Bizet (6x)
Des Prez, Josquin (6x)
Couperin, F. (5x)
Dhomont (5x)
Machaut (5x)
Milhaud (5x)
Roussel (5x)
Tournemire (5x)
Alkan (4x)
Cras (4x)
Honegger* (4x)
Koechlin (4x)
Lully (4x)
Murail (4x)
Pierné (4x)
Charpentier (3x)
Chausson (3x)
Couperin, L.  (3x)
Duruflé (3x)
Magnard (3x)
Varèse (3x)
Dukas (2x)
Ferrari (2x)
Franck* (2x)
Grisey (2x)
Offenbach (2x)
Parmegiani (2x)
Radigue (2x)
Ropartz (2x)
Sauguet (2x)
Schmitt (2x)
Vierne (2x)
Adam
Andre (André)
Auber
Bokanowski
Boulanger, Lili
Chabrier
Clérambault
Damase
Delalande
Delibes
Dubois
Dusapin
Farrenc
Ferreyra
Francaix
Gibello
Gobeil
Gouvy
Grimace
Groult
Guilmant
d'Indy
Manoury
Mantovani
Massenet
Perotin
Risset
Satie
Solage
Widor
           *) Possibly received less votes because of their mixed nationalities
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite French Composers
« Reply #62 on: January 30, 2018, 12:14:18 AM »
Total vote now, with a new runner up:*) Possibly received less votes because of their mixed nationalities

After deciding that Honegger did not feel French to me I substituted d'Indy. If my change is allowed, you should subtract one Honegger and add d'Indy, picking up the rear.


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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite French Composers
« Reply #63 on: January 30, 2018, 12:16:56 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
As I predicted, not much love for my guys and gals!!! Six of them have not received any additional votes!!  Still happy with my choices though...
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite French Composers
« Reply #64 on: January 30, 2018, 12:32:08 AM »
After deciding that Honegger did not feel French to me I substituted d'Indy. If my change is allowed, you should subtract one Honegger and add d'Indy, picking up the rear.
Okay, will oblige with the next count.  ;)
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite French Composers
« Reply #65 on: January 30, 2018, 12:38:36 AM »
Total vote now, with a new runner up:
André
BTW: not sure who proposed a composer supposedly named "André" - if I don't know him, who does?  ::)
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite French Composers
« Reply #66 on: January 30, 2018, 01:33:29 AM »
Sauguet x 2. Now, I wonder who they could be?
 8)

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"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite French Composers
« Reply #67 on: January 30, 2018, 01:58:26 AM »
Total vote now, with a new runner up:

Lully (3x)

Lully

Misplaced one vote for Lully. Should be four in total.  :)

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite French Composers
« Reply #68 on: January 30, 2018, 01:59:16 AM »
Misplaced one vote for Lully. Should be four in total.  :)
Thanks! #willdo  :)
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite French Composers
« Reply #69 on: January 30, 2018, 04:31:25 AM »
I would have included Boulanger, Debussy and Ravel but unfortunately 10 just isn't a big enough list. Or if we could confine the list only to composers from before 1950 it would be much easier to include them...............

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite French Composers
« Reply #70 on: January 30, 2018, 04:44:35 AM »
Boulez
Debussy
Dhomont
Fauré
Josquin
Magnard
Messiaen
Murail
Parmegiani
Poulenc

I like your taste in French music 8)

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite French Composers
« Reply #71 on: January 30, 2018, 05:08:06 AM »
Not mentioned, thus far, AFAIK (just a few names I'm thinking of):
Ibert
Lalo
Messager
Caplet
Barraqué
Langlais
Alain
Dupré
Gossec
Le Flem
Ohana
Tailleferre
Jolivet
Daniel-Lésur
Halévy


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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite French Composers
« Reply #72 on: January 30, 2018, 05:14:43 AM »
BTW: not sure who proposed a composer supposedly named "André" - if I don't know him, who does?  ::)
I assume that’s Mark Andre, who is pretty good at composing and being a nerd (maybe not in that order).

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite French Composers
« Reply #73 on: January 30, 2018, 05:18:13 AM »
Unordered:

Ravel
Fauré
Varèse
Boulez
Couperin, F.
Messiaen

There are other French composers I like to an extent (Berlioz, Rameau, Poulenc, Grisey, Schaeffer, Barraqué, some others) but I would be hard pressed to call them favourites.

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite French Composers
« Reply #74 on: January 30, 2018, 05:32:47 AM »
I guess this cannot be difficult . . . in alphabetical order:

Alkan
Berlioz
Couperin, François
Couperin, Louis
Debussy
Koechlin
Ravel
Roussel
Saint-Saëns
Satie


Honorable mention (i.e., wish I might have squeezed them in):

Boulez
Fauré
Messiaen
Varèse
(is he French?)

Not included, even though I love ’em, parce qu’ils ne sont pas vraiment français:

Chopin
Stravinsky
Tchaikovsky
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite French Composers
« Reply #75 on: January 30, 2018, 06:53:24 AM »
Varèse (is he French?)

Could be argued either way. The overwhelming majority of his surviving works was produced in the United States. On the other hand, his music is steeped in Berlioz and the impressionists, he strikes me very much as someone who lived and breathed the music of France. The lone surviving early piece Un grand sommeil noir gives an indication of his roots, which I don't think he ever fully escaped, if indeed he wanted to.

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite French Composers
« Reply #76 on: January 30, 2018, 06:54:39 AM »
Could be argued either way. The overwhelming majority of his surviving works was produced in the United States. On the other hand, his music is steeped in Berlioz and the impressionists, he strikes me very much as someone who lived and breathed the music of France. The lone surviving early piece Un grand sommeil noir gives an indication of his roots, which I don't think he ever fully escaped, if indeed he wanted to.

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite French Composers
« Reply #77 on: January 30, 2018, 08:02:18 AM »
Not mentioned, thus far, AFAIK (just a few names I'm thinking of):
Daniel-Lésur
Daniel-Lesur (no accent).

Rodolphe Kreutzer
André Grétry (only french by adoption)
Philippe Hersant

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite French Composers
« Reply #78 on: January 30, 2018, 08:14:57 AM »
Not mentioned, thus far, AFAIK (just a few names I'm thinking of):
Ibert
Lalo
Messager
Caplet
Barraqué
Langlais
Alain
Dupré
Gossec
Le Flem
Ohana
Tailleferre
Jolivet
Daniel-Lésur
Halévy

I’ve bolded those I might add if the list went up to 25. Think also of Auric, Canteloube, David ...

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite French Composers
« Reply #79 on: January 30, 2018, 11:29:30 AM »
Not mentioned, thus far, AFAIK (just a few names I'm thinking of):
Ibert
Lalo
Messager
Caplet
Barraqué
Langlais
Alain
Dupré
Gossec
Le Flem
Ohana
Tailleferre
Jolivet
Daniel-Lésur
Halévy
Langlais, Alain, Canteloube and Le Flem could have been on my list and certainly Auric for his magical 'Beauty and the Beast' film score.
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

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