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Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
« on: April 03, 2021, 02:07:58 PM »
There are threads for other nationalities, but not for this one, or at least this way.

Mine are:

Respighi
Casella
Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Rota
Malipiero
Pizzetti
Puccini
Vivaldi
Busoni
Martucci or Sgambati
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Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2021, 02:33:20 PM »
Don't really have ten but I like these ones;

Respighi
Casella
Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Malipiero
Fanelli (French of Italian descent)
Pizzetti
Menotti
Brusa
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Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2021, 02:41:04 PM »
There are threads for other nationalities, but not for this one, or at least this way.

Mine are:

Respighi
Casella
Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Rota
Malipiero
Pizzetti
Puccini
Vivaldi
Busoni
Martucci or Sgambati
Interesting!  I thought that you weren't into Italian opera though (Puccini)? I don't know any of his non-operatic works.  Is that what you were referring to?  Sorry, confused here.

A few favorites of mine: 

Puccini (love his operas)
Verdi (love his operas!)
Donizetti
Rossini
Bellini
Respighi
Monteverdi
...will have to think of others...




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Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2021, 03:44:58 PM »
Berio
Dallapicolla
Donatoni
Nono
Respighi
Romitelli
Rota
Scelsi
Sciarrino
Verdi

Runners-up: Donaggio, Monteverdi.

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Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2021, 04:01:08 PM »
Corelli
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Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2021, 04:40:58 PM »
Composers I listen to regularly:

Bellini
Boccherini
Cherubini
Clementi
Petrassi
Puccini
Rossini
Scarlatti
Verdi
Vivaldi

I could have put Casella in the list, but his name doesn’t end with an i.

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Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2021, 06:21:19 PM »
Here's 9, Baroque and Modern:

Albinoni
Berio
Corelli
Dallapiccola
Donatoni
Maderna
Monteverdi
Nono
Pergolesi

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Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2021, 09:51:57 PM »
Since I'm mostly into instrumental music, that limits the pickings somewhat.  In no particular order

Respighi
Casella
Sgambati
Corelli
Vivaldi
Rossini
Scarlatti
Cherubini
Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Boccherini


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Re: Your top 10 favourite Italian composers
« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2021, 12:17:26 AM »
Not in order:

Respighi
Puccini
Vivaldi
Bellini
Rossini
Busoni
Donizetti
Salieri
Caldara
Monteverdi



More favourites:

Boccherini
Cherubini
Clementi
Leoncavallo
Locatelli
Boito
Paganini
Mascagni
Pergolesi
Scarlatti
Sgambati
Tartini
Corelli

And as far as he's considered Italian:
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Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2021, 01:14:40 AM »
Fairly conventional selection -

Monteverdi
Palestrina
Verdi
Busoni
Boccherini
Vivaldi
Scarlatti, D
Corelli

I have recordings of numerous others, mainly baroque, but none are outright favourites



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Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
« Reply #10 on: April 04, 2021, 01:45:55 AM »
My list would look like this:

Monteverdi
Pergolesi
Rossini
Casella
Malipiero
Dallapiccola
Petrassi
Maderna
Nono
Berio


I “appropriated” Boccherini to Spain in a list a favourite Spanish composers some years ago IIRC ;)
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Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
« Reply #11 on: April 04, 2021, 02:15:17 AM »
Monteverdi
Cavalli
A Scarlatti
Vivaldi
Casella
Stradella
Caldara
Donizetti
Marenzio
Respighi

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Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
« Reply #12 on: April 04, 2021, 05:42:45 AM »
I could have added Busoni (thanks for the reminders), but at this stage I’m still exploring his music. I can’t claim to have more than surface knowledge of his oeuvre. He seems to have been a protean artist.

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Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
« Reply #13 on: April 04, 2021, 05:49:24 AM »
I didn’t include Busoni as in my mind he’s more German than Italian (musically speaking). Still, he is certainly a favourite of mine (his late music, that is). He took long to find his very individual voice, but when he did, he produced some stunning works (the Sonatinas, the Elegies, Doktor Faust, the Berceuse élégiaque...)
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Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
« Reply #14 on: April 04, 2021, 08:26:38 AM »
Scelsi
Nono
Maderna
Berio

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Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
« Reply #15 on: April 04, 2021, 09:14:52 AM »
Monteverdi
Vivaldi
Boccherini
Busoni
Respighi
Martucci
Malipiero
Scelsi
Berio
Sciarrino

Am a little in doubt whether D. Scarlatti should substitute one.

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Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
« Reply #16 on: April 04, 2021, 09:46:56 AM »
Francesco Landini
Antonello da Caserta
Zacara da Teramo
Andrea Gabrieli
Claudio Merulo
Giovanni Gabrieli
Giovanni Maria Trabaci
Girolamo Frescobaldi
Antonio Vivaldi
Domenico Scarlatti
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Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
« Reply #17 on: April 04, 2021, 10:25:36 AM »
Luigi Nono
Franco Donatoni
Giacinto Scelsi
Bernard Parmegiani (he turns out to be French!)
Salvatore Sciarrino
Fausto Romitelli
Bruno Maderna
Luciano Berio
Ennio Morricone
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Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
« Reply #18 on: April 04, 2021, 11:55:50 AM »
Niccolò Paganini
Niccolò Paganini
Niccolò Paganini
Niccolò Paganini
Niccolò Paganini
Niccolò Paganini
Niccolò Paganini
Niccolò Paganini
Niccolò Paganini
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Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
« Reply #19 on: April 04, 2021, 01:59:55 PM »


I “appropriated” Boccherini to Spain in a list a favourite Spanish composers some years ago IIRC ;)

I think it's OK if Italians and Spaniards share him.