Author Topic: Composers with the most fascinating life story  (Read 1185 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline DaPianist

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 8
  • If you are reading this then please go practice
  • Currently Listening to:
    EVERYTHING
Composers with the most fascinating life story
« on: September 20, 2021, 06:56:53 PM »
Which composer (in your opinion) has the most fascinanting life story?
I'm dying to heard abotu your opinions  :laugh:
If you are reading this then go practice your instrument thank you

Offline vandermolen

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • *
  • Posts: 22669
  • Location: Rotherfield, Sussex, UK
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).

Offline The new erato

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 15382
Re: Composers with the most fascinating life story
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2021, 10:51:51 PM »
You got it, Jeffrey. Was going to post that.

Offline vandermolen

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • *
  • Posts: 22669
  • Location: Rotherfield, Sussex, UK
Re: Composers with the most fascinating life story
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2021, 11:25:22 PM »
You got it, Jeffrey. Was going to post that.
:)
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).

Offline Roasted Swan

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 1813
  • Location: UK
Re: Composers with the most fascinating life story
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2021, 12:53:19 AM »

Offline vandermolen

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • *
  • Posts: 22669
  • Location: Rotherfield, Sussex, UK
Re: Composers with the most fascinating life story
« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2021, 01:14:06 AM »
But is the music any good......? (I don't know - never heard it)
IMO yes (listening to Symphony No.1 now)
Slightly reminiscent, in places, of Walton (as the review states) and Honegger.
My favourite part of his biography was his arrest for defacing an Elvis poster on the subway.

https://www.classicstoday.com/review/review-10277/
« Last Edit: September 21, 2021, 01:17:42 AM by vandermolen »
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).

Offline relm1

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 1589
  • Location: California
Re: Composers with the most fascinating life story
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2021, 04:45:09 AM »
I think Shostakovich.  With his Stalin vs Shostakovich era, living in Leningrad during the siege (or was it called Stalingrad then?).  I find his life long struggle against the Soviet autocracy is very fascinating and how he rode the line of public approval/official disapproval. 

Offline Mirror Image

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 58316
  • Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)
  • Location: Northeast GA, US
  • Currently Listening to:
    Mostly Austro-Germanic and Soviet/Russian repertoire
Re: Composers with the most fascinating life story
« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2021, 06:03:21 AM »
Shostakovich is certainly a candidate as relm1 rightly points out. I suppose my own choice would have to be Stravinsky. What an extraordinary life he lived. Born in Russia, studied under Rimsky-Korsakov, leaves Russia for Europe, bounced around from Switzerland to France and then remained in the United States (LA to be exact) for the rest of his life to escape WWII. In the US, he lived near Schoenberg and Gershwin. He hobnobbed with some of the biggest names in the 20th Century like JFK, Picasso, Coco Chanel et. al. All of this while writing some of the most memorable and incredible music ever conceived. Wow!
« Last Edit: September 21, 2021, 06:04:55 AM by Mirror Image »
"When a man is in despair, it means that he still believes in something." - Dmitri Shostakovich

Offline vandermolen

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • *
  • Posts: 22669
  • Location: Rotherfield, Sussex, UK
Re: Composers with the most fascinating life story
« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2021, 06:06:30 AM »
I think Shostakovich.  With his Stalin vs Shostakovich era, living in Leningrad during the siege (or was it called Stalingrad then?).  I find his life long struggle against the Soviet autocracy is very fascinating and how he rode the line of public approval/official disapproval.
Yes, I agree - also perhaps Prokofiev who returned to the Soviet Union just in time for the Great Terror of the Stalinist era.
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).

Offline aukhawk

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 1446
  • Oh no! Someone catted my avatar!
  • Location: England
  • Currently Listening to:
    Bach to Björk
Re: Composers with the most fascinating life story
« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2021, 06:52:26 AM »
I think Shostakovich.  With his Stalin vs Shostakovich era, living in Leningrad during the siege (or was it called Stalingrad then?).  I find his life long struggle against the Soviet autocracy is very fascinating and how he rode the line of public approval/official disapproval.

Just to say, that Stalingrad was a different city altogether.  Alternatively named Volgograd, it's as far south of Moscow as St Petersburg is to the north.

Offline Florestan

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 22374
  • Location: Bucharest, Romania
Re: Composers with the most fascinating life story
« Reply #10 on: September 23, 2021, 07:32:35 AM »
Liszt.
"Melody is the essence of music." - Mozart

"Believe nothing you hear, and only one-half that you see." - Edgar Allan Poe

Offline relm1

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 1589
  • Location: California
Re: Composers with the most fascinating life story
« Reply #11 on: September 23, 2021, 04:52:52 PM »
Just to say, that Stalingrad was a different city altogether.  Alternatively named Volgograd, it's as far south of Moscow as St Petersburg is to the north.

Thanks for clarifying! 

Offline Daverz

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 6591
  • You can't fool me, it's turtles all the way down!
Re: Composers with the most fascinating life story
« Reply #12 on: September 24, 2021, 01:29:57 AM »
Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Offline ritter

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 7439
  • Raoul Dufy, "Tragédie, Comédie"
  • Location: La Villa y Corte
Re: Composers with the most fascinating life story
« Reply #13 on: September 24, 2021, 01:39:17 AM »
You may like or dislike the guy, but Wagner's life was quite something.
ritter
-------------------------------------------------------------
« Je me suis rarement perdu de vue ; je me suis détesté, je me suis adoré ; puis, nous avons vieilli ensemble. »