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Title: Composers with the most fascinating life story
Post by: DaPianist 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:
Title: Re: Composers with the most fascinating life story
Post by: vandermolen on September 20, 2021, 09:15:50 PM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_Sherwood
Title: Re: Composers with the most fascinating life story
Post by: The new erato on September 20, 2021, 10:51:51 PM
You got it, Jeffrey. Was going to post that.
Title: Re: Composers with the most fascinating life story
Post by: vandermolen on September 20, 2021, 11:25:22 PM
You got it, Jeffrey. Was going to post that.
:)
Title: Re: Composers with the most fascinating life story
Post by: Roasted Swan on September 21, 2021, 12:53:19 AM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_Sherwood

But is the music any good......? (I don't know - never heard it)
Title: Re: Composers with the most fascinating life story
Post by: vandermolen 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.
(http://)
https://www.classicstoday.com/review/review-10277/
Title: Re: Composers with the most fascinating life story
Post by: relm1 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. 
Title: Re: Composers with the most fascinating life story
Post by: Mirror Image 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!
Title: Re: Composers with the most fascinating life story
Post by: vandermolen 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.
Title: Re: Composers with the most fascinating life story
Post by: aukhawk 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.
Title: Re: Composers with the most fascinating life story
Post by: Florestan on September 23, 2021, 07:32:35 AM
Liszt.
Title: Re: Composers with the most fascinating life story
Post by: relm1 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! 
Title: Re: Composers with the most fascinating life story
Post by: Daverz on September 24, 2021, 01:29:57 AM
Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges
Title: Re: Composers with the most fascinating life story
Post by: ritter on September 24, 2021, 01:39:17 AM
You may like or dislike the guy, but Wagner's life was quite something.