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Title: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Winky Willy on March 01, 2012, 01:52:34 PM
Okay, how about we don't be so narrow and focus on just one composer! Let's have everybody's top 25!
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 01, 2012, 01:54:32 PM
Who's going to compile the results? ; )
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Bulldog on March 01, 2012, 01:55:56 PM
Okay, how about we don't be so narrow and focus on just one composer!

Actually, just the opposite of being narrow.  You had every composer of music ever on Planet Earth to choose from.

However, a top 25 is also fine.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Bulldog on March 01, 2012, 01:56:40 PM
Who's going to compile the results? ; )

You. 8)
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Todd on March 01, 2012, 01:59:29 PM
1.   Beethoven
2.   Someone other than Beethoven
3.   Someone other than Beethoven
4.   Someone other than Beethoven
5.   Someone other than Beethoven
6.   Someone other than Beethoven
7.   Someone other than Beethoven
8.   Someone other than Beethoven
9.   Someone other than Beethoven
10.   Someone other than Beethoven
11.   Someone other than Beethoven
12.   Someone other than Beethoven
13.   Someone other than Beethoven
14.   Someone other than Beethoven
15.   Someone other than Beethoven
16.   Someone other than Beethoven
17.   Someone other than Beethoven
18.   Someone other than Beethoven
19.   Someone other than Beethoven
20.   Someone other than Beethoven
21.   Someone other than Beethoven
22.   Someone other than Beethoven
23.   Someone other than Beethoven
24.   Someone other than Beethoven
25.   Someone other than Beethoven
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Winky Willy on March 01, 2012, 02:00:10 PM
I'm not being mean Bulldog! I just want to hear lots more names!
Todd, thank you for not doing that. :^p
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 01, 2012, 02:04:28 PM
 Quote from: Bulldog on Today at 05:56:40 PM (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php?topic=20100.msg606238#msg606238)
You. 8)
 
If elected, I refuse to serve . . . .

Thread duty (not in any strict order):

Stravinsky
Tchaikovsky
Shostakovich
Chopin
Prokofiev
Sibelius
Nielsen
Mozart
Rakhmaninov
JS Bach
Bartók
Haydn
Hindemith
Berlioz
Victoria
Brahms
D Scarlatti
Beethoven
Debussy
Ravel
Schoenberg
Buxtehude
F Couperin
Vaughan Williams
Tallis
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Bulldog on March 01, 2012, 02:04:47 PM
Okay Karl, start your book-keeping engines:


1.   J S Bach
2.   Scriabin
3.   Shostakovich
4.   Schumann
5.   Chopin
6.   Mahler
7.   Weinberg
8.   Myaskovsky
9.   Handel
10. Dvorak
11. Stravinsky
12. Bloch
13. Martin
14. Schubert
15. Wagner
16. Bruckner
17. Buxtehude
18. Froberger
19. Beethoven
20. Berlioz
21. Prokofiev
22. Janacek
23. Ravel
24. Debussy
25. Sibelius
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 01, 2012, 02:08:15 PM
Well, and now I almost rue missing Dvořák & Janáček from my list . . . but I stand by my 25.

Okay Karl, start your book-keeping engines:


1.   J S Bach
2.   Scriabin
3.   Shostakovich
4.   Schumann
5.   Chopin
6.   Mahler
7.   Weinberg
8.   Myaskovsky
9.   Handel
10. Dvorak
11. Stravinsky
12. Bloch
13. Martin
14. Schubert
15. Wagner
16. Bruckner
17. Buxtehude
18. Froberger
19. Beethoven
20. Berlioz
21. Prokofiev
22. Janacek
23. Ravel
24. Debussy
25. Sibelius

Don, you've got me all wrong . . . I am not a bean-counter! : )
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Ataraxia on March 01, 2012, 02:14:16 PM
1.   Beethoven
2.   Someone other than Beethoven
3.   Someone other than Beethoven
4.   Someone other than Beethoven
5.   Someone other than Beethoven
6.   Someone other than Beethoven
7.   Someone other than Beethoven
8.   Someone other than Beethoven
9.   Someone other than Beethoven
10.   Someone other than Beethoven
11.   Someone other than Beethoven
12.   Someone other than Beethoven
13.   Someone other than Beethoven
14.   Someone other than Beethoven
15.   Someone other than Beethoven
16.   Someone other than Beethoven
17.   Someone other than Beethoven
18.   Someone other than Beethoven
19.   Someone other than Beethoven
20.   Someone other than Beethoven
21.   Someone other than Beethoven
22.   Someone other than Beethoven
23.   Someone other than Beethoven
24.   Someone other than Beethoven
25.   Someone other than Beethoven

 ;D
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Bulldog on March 01, 2012, 02:15:14 PM
Well, and now I almost rue missing Dvořák & Janáček from my list . . . but I stand by my 25.

I forgot all about Mozart, even after lamenting his lack of votes for no. 1.  Guess that Mozart is easy to forget as his silky music just flows into the atmosphere.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Sergeant Rock on March 01, 2012, 02:15:52 PM
25 is actually harder than picking 5.

Wagner
Mahler
Bruckner
Haydn
Beethoven
Mozart
Sibelius
Bach
Havergal Brian
Vaughan Williams
Elgar
Richard Strauss
Shostakovich
Prokofiev
Nielsen
Rachmaninoff
Schubert
Brahms
Dvorak
Franz Schmidt
Schoenberg
Hindemith
Ives
Arnold
Lloyd
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Lisztianwagner on March 01, 2012, 02:21:00 PM
Stravinsky
Tchaikovsky
Shostakovich
Chopin
Prokofiev
Sibelius
Nielsen
Mozart
Rakhmaninov
JS Bach
Bartók
Haydn
Hindemith
Berlioz
Victoria
Brahms
D Scarlatti
Beethoven
Debussy
Ravel
Schoenberg
Buxtehude
F Couperin
Vaughan Williams
Tallis

I'm afraid there's something wrong in your list; I can see neither Wagner nor Mahler.....
 >:( ;) ;D
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Ataraxia on March 01, 2012, 02:31:01 PM
I can't do this.  ;D
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: mc ukrneal on March 01, 2012, 02:34:04 PM
I'm afraid there's something wrong in your list; I can see neither Wagner nor Mahler.....
 >:( ;) ;D
Schoenberg is code for Wagner. And Nielsen is code for Mahler. wink wink...
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: madaboutmahler on March 01, 2012, 02:37:41 PM
Mahler
R.Strauss
Elgar
Ravel
Debussy
Tchaikovsky
Chopin
Vaughan Williams
Brahms
John Adams
Bernstein
Rachmaninov
Glazunov
Shostakovich
Prokofiev
Nielsen
Beethoven
Bruckner
Schumann
Simpson
Dvorak
J.S Bach
Respighi
Novak
Bortkiewicz

Hard list to come up with... and of course not in any particular order, except perhaps from the first four who have remained my top 4 favourites for a long time now! :)
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: North Star on March 01, 2012, 02:40:24 PM
1. Bach
2. Bartók
3. Beethoven
4. Brahms
5. Chopin
6. Couperin
7. Debussy
8. Dvorak
9. Haydn
10. Janacek
11. Liszt
12. Mahler
13. Mendelssohn
14. Mozart
15. Prokofiev
16. Rakhmaninov
17. Ravel
18. Saint-Saens
19. Schubert
20. Schumann
21. Schönberg
22. Sibelius
23. Stravinsky
24. Tsaikovski
25. Vivaldi

We reserve the right to change or modify this list.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Lisztianwagner on March 01, 2012, 02:52:52 PM
Mine could be:

Wagner
Beethoven
Liszt
Mahler
Rachmaninov
J. Strauss Sohn
Mozart
Tchaikovsky
R. Strauss
Shostakovich
Brahms
Holst
Sibelius
Chopin
Bruckner
Nielsen
Ravel
Debussy
Prokofiev
Dvořák
Respighi
J.S. Bach
Elgar
Schönberg
Schumann

Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: nico1616 on March 01, 2012, 02:53:18 PM
Okay, let's try, my top 25:

1 Handel
2 Mozart
3 Tchaikovsky
4 Haydn
5 Puccini
6 Sibelius
7 Verdi
8 Dvorak
9 Brahms
10 Janacek
11 Mussorgsky
12 Rameau
13 Rossini
14 Mahler
15 Beethoven
16 Britten
17 Schubert
18 Wagner
19 Schumann
20 Bruckner
21 Bach
22 Strauss (R)
23 Monteverdi
24 Prokofiev
25 Bellini

Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Ataraxia on March 01, 2012, 02:54:57 PM
Beethoven
Chopin
Bach
Beethoven
Chopin
Bach
Beethoven
Chopin
Bach
Beethoven
Chopin
Bach
Beethoven
Chopin
Bach
Beethoven
Chopin
Bach
Beethoven
Chopin
Bach
Beethoven
Chopin
Bach
Beethoven

I guess that wasn't so hard.  8)
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Sergeant Rock on March 01, 2012, 03:03:11 PM
I guess that wasn't so hard.  8)

You make it look easy, Dave.

Sarge
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: nico1616 on March 01, 2012, 03:12:55 PM
Mine could be:

Wagner
Beethoven
Liszt
Mahler
Rachmaninov
J. Strauss Sohn
Mozart
Tchaikovsky
R. Strauss
Shostakovich
Brahms
Holst
Sibelius
Chopin
Bruckner
Nielsen
Ravel
Debussy
Prokofiev
Dvorak
Respighi
J.S. Bach
Elgar
Schoenberg
Schumann

That Johan Strauss sohn, how did he get there?  :o
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Lisztianwagner on March 01, 2012, 03:16:03 PM
That Johan Strauss sohn, how did he get there?  :o

What's the matter? I really love Strauss' works, I was introduced to classical music listening to the Neujahrskonzerte.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: nico1616 on March 01, 2012, 03:19:54 PM
Surprisingly light music for a Wagner fan  :)
But I understand when you say it was your introduction to classical music.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Lisztianwagner on March 01, 2012, 03:22:29 PM
Surprisingly light music for a Wagner fan  :)
But I understand when you say it was your introduction to classical music.

 :)
Well, about Strauss Sohn, once Wagner said: "The most musical mind of Europe".
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Ataraxia on March 01, 2012, 03:45:27 PM
Alkan
Bach
Beethoven
Brahms
Chopin
Dvorak
Gabrieli
Haydn
Lassus
Ligeti
Mozart
Palestrina
Penderecki
Prokofiev
Purcell
Rachmaninoff
Ravel
Rimsky-Korsakov
Saint-Saens
Schubert
Schumann
Shostakovich
Sibelius
Tchaikovsky
Wagner
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Lethevich on March 01, 2012, 03:57:21 PM
Vaguely arranged from high to low -

Schumann
Verdi
Schubert
Liszt
Haydn
Bach
Dvořák
Fauré
Holmboe
Medtner
Brahms
Reger
Schnittke
R. Strauss
Wagner
Schoenberg
Chopin
Janáček
Rihm
Vaughan Williams
Puccini
Martinů
Simpson
Langgaard
Bartók

It would be neat to have a single favourite composer but I get cabin fever :(
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Leon on March 01, 2012, 04:02:39 PM
In alphabetical order, not of preference:

Bach, CPE
Bach, JS
Bartok
Beethoven
Berg
Brahms
Carter
Debussy
di Lasso
Dowland
Dufay
Faure
Gesualdo
Handel
Haydn
Josquin
Marchaut
Mozart
Palestrina
Ravel
Scarlatti, D
Schoenberg
Schubert
Stravinsky
Webern
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Scion7 on March 01, 2012, 05:11:25 PM
Hmmmm .......

I'll probably think "no, I wanna change this" right after I hit Post ...

Beethoven
Brahms
Vivaldi
Bach
Mozart
Handel
Haydn
Chopin
Liszt
Bartok
Schubert
Schumann
Shostakovich
Hindemith
Tchaikovsky
Mendelssohn
Schoenberg
Rachmaninoff
Bacewicz
Mahler
Bruckner
Smetana
Dvorak       
Prokofiev
Saint-Saens

....... but that leaves out a whole lotta great and near-great and purty good folks!

Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: DavidW on March 01, 2012, 05:48:47 PM
01. Haydn
02. Bach
03. Mozart
04. Beethoven
05. Brahms
06. Handel
07. Mahler
08. Shostakovich
09. Bartok
10. Dvorak
11. Mendelssohn
12. Tchaikovsky
13. Vivaldi
14. Penderecki
15. Sibelius
16. Bruckner
17. Martinu
18. Nielsen
19. Stravinsky
20. Schubert
21. Berlioz
22. Wagner
23. Schoenberg
24. Chopin
25. Lutoslawski
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 02, 2012, 05:02:41 AM
 Quote from: Lisztianwagner on March 01, 2012, 06:21:00 PM (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php?topic=20100.msg606268#msg606268)
I'm afraid there's something wrong in your list; I can see neither Wagner nor Mahler.....
 >:( ;) ;D
 
Ilaria, spero sinceramente che rimaniamo amici! : )
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 02, 2012, 05:03:49 AM
 Quote from: Lisztianwagner on March 01, 2012, 07:16:03 PM (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php?topic=20100.msg606303#msg606303)
What's the matter? I really love Strauss' work
s[...]
 
And quite right! : )
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Leon on March 02, 2012, 07:52:16 AM
In alphabetical order, not of preference:

Bach, CPE
Bach, JS
Bartok
Beethoven
Berg
Brahms
Carter
Debussy
di Lasso
Dowland
Dufay
Faure
Gesualdo
Handel
Haydn
Josquin
Marchaut
Mozart
Palestrina
Ravel
Scarlatti, D
Schoenberg
Schubert
Stravinsky
Webern

Here's the order:


1   Haydn
2   Bach, JS
3   Schoenberg
4   Mozart
5   Beethoven
6   Brahms
7   Schubert
8   Stravinsky
9   Handel
10   Bartok
11   Faure
12   Debussy
13   Ravel
14   Bach, CPE
15   Scarlatti, D
16   di Lasso
17   Dowland
18   Dufay
19   Gesualdo
20   Josquin
21   Marchaut
22   Palestrina
23   Webern
24   Berg
25   Carter

 :)
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Mirror Image on March 02, 2012, 08:02:31 AM
My Top 25 Favorite Composers:

1. Shostakovich
2. Vaughan Williams
3. Ravel
4. Bartok
5. Villa-Lobos
6. Koechlin
7. Prokofiev
8. Debussy
9. Stravinsky
10. Berg
11. Szymanowski
12. Sibelius
13. Janacek
14. Bruckner
15. Martinu
16. Revueltas
17. Ginastera
18. Honegger
19. Nielsen
20. Milhaud
21. Myaskovsky
22. Mussorgsky
23. Tchaikovsky
24. Ives
25. Respighi

Numbers 2-5 are in the correct order and won't be changed. Numbers 6-10 are also firmly in place. Numbers 11-25 are interchangeable and aren't in any kind of order.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Lisztianwagner on March 02, 2012, 09:27:18 AM
Quote from: Lisztianwagner on March 01, 2012, 06:21:00 PM (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php?topic=20100.msg606268#msg606268)
I'm afraid there's something wrong in your list; I can see neither Wagner nor Mahler.....
 >:( ;) ;D
 
Ilaria, spero sinceramente che rimaniamo amici! : )

Hmmm ::)

But naturally, no problem Karl! ;)
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 02, 2012, 09:34:50 AM
And anyway, Ilaria: How many others have Liszt in their Top 25, eh? Pazzi! : )
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Lisztianwagner on March 02, 2012, 09:51:16 AM
And anyway, Ilaria: How many others have Liszt in their Top 25, eh? Pazzi! : )

 ;D
Yes, this has quite impressed me; it seems that I'm the only one who really loves Liszt, Holst and Johann Strauss so far.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 02, 2012, 10:38:01 AM
 Quote from: Lisztianwagner on Today at 01:51:16 PM (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php?topic=20100.msg606539#msg606539)
;D
Yes, this has quite impressed me; it seems that I'm the only one who really loves Liszt, Holst and Johann Strauss so far.
 
Well, I feel (a little) silly, Ilaria: I posted that, thinking that I included Liszt in my 25!  And I certainly might have.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Mirror Image on March 02, 2012, 10:50:10 AM
;D
Yes, this has quite impressed me; it seems that I'm the only one who really loves Liszt, Holst and Johann Strauss so far.

This is probably true. ;) :D
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Lisztianwagner on March 02, 2012, 11:18:16 AM
Quote from: Lisztianwagner on Today at 01:51:16 PM (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php?topic=20100.msg606539#msg606539)
;D
Yes, this has quite impressed me; it seems that I'm the only one who really loves Liszt, Holst and Johann Strauss so far.
 
Well, I feel (a little) silly, Ilaria: I posted that, thinking that I included Liszt in my 25!  And I certainly might have.

At least, nice to hear that you might have included Liszt in your list. :)

I have to correct myself: also Scion7 included Franz Liszt.

Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Lisztianwagner on March 02, 2012, 11:20:14 AM
This is probably true. ;) :D

 :P
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Mirror Image on March 02, 2012, 11:23:38 AM
:P

Don't feel too bad, Ilaria. I'm probably the only one on the forum who actually likes Milhaud. I know I'm the only one who has included him into a top 25 favorite list. 8)
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 02, 2012, 11:25:55 AM
But . . . you aren't madaboutmilhaud!
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Mirror Image on March 02, 2012, 11:28:14 AM
But . . . you aren't madaboutmilhaud!

That's true, but I do love his music and put him on a plateau that is leaps and bounds ahead of many others.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 02, 2012, 12:11:14 PM
 Quote from: karlhenning on March 01, 2012, 06:04:28 PM (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php?topic=20100.msg606243#msg606243) >Thread duty (not in any strict order):

Stravinsky
Tchaikovsky
Shostakovich
Chopin
Prokofiev
Sibelius
Nielsen
Mozart
Rakhmaninov
JS Bach
Bartók
Haydn
Hindemith
Berlioz
Victoria
Brahms
D Scarlatti
Beethoven
Debussy
Ravel
Schoenberg
Buxtehude
F Couperin
Vaughan Williams
Tallis

 
Problem: You want to add Liszt and Langgaard to the list.  Which two composers already there get bumped? (I don't think I could do it.)
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Lisztianwagner on March 02, 2012, 12:12:33 PM
Don't feel too bad, Ilaria. I'm probably the only one on the forum who actually likes Milhaud. I know I'm the only one who has included him into a top 25 favorite list. 8)

Sure, that's all right, John :) I'm afraid I'm not particularly familiar with Milhaud's music too.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Luke on March 02, 2012, 12:19:33 PM
Not in order apart from top one. And the next five or so are approximately right. Any of the others could be right up there too, though.

1 Janacek
2 Brahms
3 Ravel
4 Tippett
5 Chopin
6 Brian
7 Faure
8 Webern
9 Schubert
10 Bach
11 Debussy
12 Bartok
13 Beethoven
14 Mahler
15 Liszt
16 Alkan
17 Britten
18 Martinu
19 Sibelius
20 Xenakis
21 Ligeti
22 Schoenberg
23 Stravinsky
24 Berg
25 Ives

Something like that, anyway.... I want Satie and pre-indeterminate Cage in there too, however. And a few more would be helpful. Can we have 40?
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: johncarey on March 02, 2012, 04:09:46 PM
In no particular order aside from the top five:

Beethoven
Sorabji
Mahler
Rachmaninoff
Liszt
Berg
Gershwin
Godowsky
Ravel
Penderecki
Ives
Bach
Prokofiev
Scriabin
Barber
Carter
Kapustin
Sondheim
Shostakovich
Alkan
Ligeti
Berio
Mozart
Tchaikowsky
Brahms
 
Wow, that was harder than I thought it would be...
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Octo_Russ on March 02, 2012, 07:56:12 PM
In order of best!

1 Beethoven
2 Schubert
3 Chopin
4 Brahms
5 Tchaikovsky
6 Mahler
7 Bach
8 Mozart
9 Dvorak
10 Shostakovich
11 Mendelssohn
12 Grieg
13 Debussy
14 Vivaldi
15 Vaughan Williams
16 Sibelius
17 Schumann
18 Ravel
19 Rachmaninov
20 Prokofiev

i only ever made a top 20 while going through my disc collection a year ago, i'm not sure of another 5.
Title: 27 Favorite Composers
Post by: Wanderer on March 03, 2012, 12:10:20 AM
In no particular order, of course.

Beethoven
Mozart
Schubert
Schumann
Liszt
Alkan
Medtner
Berlioz
Ravel
Janáček
Bruckner
Sibelius
Zelenka
Skalkottas
Zemlinsky
Schreker
R. Strauss
Vaughan Williams
Scriabin
Wagner
Brahms
Korngold
Tchaikovsky
Bartók
Haydn
Respighi
Prokofiev

...




Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: North Star on July 03, 2012, 11:44:26 AM
1. Alkan
2. Bach
3. Bartók
4. Beethoven
5. Brahms
6. Chopin
7. Debussy
8. Dvorak
9. Haydn
10. Janacek
11. Liszt
12. Mahler
13. Mozart
14. Nielsen
15. Prokofiev
16. Rakhmaninov
17. Rameau
18. Ravel
19. Schubert
20. Schumann
21. Shostakovich
22. Sibelius
23. Stravinsky
24. Tsaikovski
25. Vivaldi
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Mirror Image on July 03, 2012, 11:54:53 AM
My Top 25 Favorite Composers:

1. Shostakovich
2. Vaughan Williams
3. Ravel
4. Bartok
5. Villa-Lobos
6. Koechlin
7. Prokofiev
8. Debussy
9. Stravinsky
10. Berg
11. Szymanowski
12. Sibelius
13. Janacek
14. Bruckner
15. Martinu
16. Revueltas
17. Ginastera
18. Honegger
19. Nielsen
20. Milhaud
21. Myaskovsky
22. Mussorgsky
23. Tchaikovsky
24. Ives
25. Respighi

I'm still very satisfied with this list I made. Only I think Respighi would be replaced by Tippett now just to get him in my top 25 since his music means a lot to me now.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: TheGSMoeller on July 03, 2012, 01:02:24 PM
Richard Strauss (Duett-Concertino for Clarinet and Bassoon))
William Byrd (Ye Sacred Muses)
Heinrich I. F. Biber (Violin Sonata No.3)
Jean-Philippe Rameau(Les Cyclopes)
Franz Joseph Haydn(Symphony No. 80 in D minor)
Hector Berlioz(Grande Messe des Morts)
Charles Ives(Piano Sonata No.2 "Concord")
Sergei Prokofiev(Symphony No.  6 in E flat Major
Benjamin Britten(Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings)
Philip Glass(Beauty and the Beast)   


This is my solid top ten, with R.Strauss being numero uno, the rest being chronological. R. Strauss' tone poems (Till Eulenspiegel in particular) initially sparked my interest in classical music. The rest of the list I'll present in chronological order...

John Dowland(Lachrimae)
Claudio Monteverdi(Orfeo)
J.S. Bach(Goldberg Variations)
Antonio Vivaldi(Mandolin Concerto)
Georg Philipp Telemann(Overture-Suite in C major, TV 55 no C 3 "Wassermusik")
W. A. Mozart(Die Zauberflöte)
Franz Schubert(String Quartet No. 15 in D minor)
Edward Elgar(Symphony No. 2)
Alban Berg(Wozzeck)
Francis Poulenc(Figure humaine)
Alfred Schnittke(Choir Concerto)
Michael Nyman(MGV)
Pascal Dusapin(A Quia, concerto for Piano and Orchestra)
David Lang(Little Match Girl Passion)
Paul Schoenfield(Vaudeville, for Piccolo Trumpet and Orchestra)
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Lilas Pastia on July 03, 2012, 03:54:03 PM
In no particular order:

Bruckner
Brahms
Beethoven
Mozart
Haydn
Boccherini
CPE Bach
JS Bach
Schubert
Chopin
Verdi
Wagner
Puccini
R. Strauss
Elgar
Vaughan-Williams
Pettersson
Shostakovich
Arnold
Vainberg
Sibelius
Handel
Villa-Lobos
Revueltas
Carter

My favourite composers are not necessarily the greatest.  But they're the ones I have never been disappointed with, and that always arouse my interest.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: jwinter on July 03, 2012, 05:13:09 PM
Bach
Beethoven
Brahms
Bruckner
Chopin
Debussy
Dvorak
Handel
Haydn
Janacek
Mahler
Mozart
Prokofiev
Purcell
Rachmaninov
Rimsky-Korsakov
Scarlatti
Schubert
Schumann
Shostakovich
Sibelius
Strauss
Tchaikovsky
Vivaldi
Wagner
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Mirror Image on July 03, 2012, 06:22:22 PM
Richard Strauss
William Byrd
Heinrich I. F. Biber
Jean-Philippe Rameau
Franz Joseph Haydn
Hector Berlioz
Charles Ives
Sergei Prokofiev
Benjamin Britten
Philip Glass


This is my solid top ten, with R.Strauss being numero uno, the rest being chronological. R. Strauss' tone poems (Till Eulenspiegel in particular) initially sparked my interest in classical music. The rest of the list I'll present in chronological order...

John Dowland
Claudio Monteverdi
J.S. Bach
Antonio Vivaldi
Georg Philipp Telemann
W. A. Mozart
Franz Schubert
Edward Elgar
Alban Berg
Francis Poulenc
Alfred Schnittke
Michael Nyman
Pascal Dusapin
David Lang
Paul Schoenfield


I'm seriously surprised that Martinu didn't make onto your list, Greg. R. Strauss was one of the first composers I heard too but I quickly abandoned him as I thought so much of his music was just hot air. I have only recently started to appreciate a few of his works again. Alpine Symphony being probably my favorite of his tone poems with other works like Der Rosenkavalier, Elektra, Salome, Four Last Songs, and the concerti for horn and oboe.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: TheGSMoeller on July 03, 2012, 06:32:32 PM
I'm seriously surprised that Martinu didn't make onto your list, Greg.

Well, it was tough to make, I'm a Martinu fan, no doubt. And ironically, when I made an initial list I had Martinu, Vaughan Williams and Bruckner on there, but had to narrow it down. Tough names to remove for sure.

Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Mirror Image on July 03, 2012, 06:36:33 PM
Well, it was tough to make, I'm a Martinu fan, no doubt. And ironically, when I made an initial list I had Martinu, Vaughan Williams and Bruckner on there, but had to narrow it down. Tough names to remove for sure.

I could never RVW, Bruckner, or Martinu out of my list as they've been crucial composers for me and helped me appreciate this music.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: TheGSMoeller on July 03, 2012, 06:57:08 PM
I'm seriously surprised that Martinu didn't make onto your list, Greg. R. Strauss was one of the first composers I heard too but I quickly abandoned him as I thought so much of his music was just hot air. I have only recently started to appreciate a few of his works again. Alpine Symphony being probably my favorite of his tone poems with other works like Der Rosenkavalier, Elektra, Salome, Four Last Songs, and the concerti for horn and oboe.

I'll always be in love with his tone poems, but as you explore his career it becomes apparent that most of his greatest accomplishments came from other genres, but being concert hall favorites Strauss' tone poems make great show-pieces and and a great introduction to his ability. And you named some great pieces there  ;D
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: classicalgeek on July 06, 2012, 01:14:15 PM
Today (likely to change without notice :) ):

1   Mahler
2   Beethoven
3   Shostakovich
4   Dvorak
5   Stravinsky
6   Martinu
7   Sibelius
8   Bruckner
9   Haydn
10   Rachmaninov
11   Brahms
12   Bartok
13   Bach
14   Korngold
15   Schubert
16   Prokofiev
17   Schoenberg
18   Copland
19   Villa-Lobos
20   Hindemith
21   Messiaen
22   Ravel
23   Roussel
24   Milhaud
25   Lutoslawski


I listen to music from all eras - Middle Ages to contemporary, by composers both familiar and obscure.  And I love almost all of it!  In the end, though, I seem to gravitate (mostly) to the best-known, best-loved composers.  Do I enjoy Holmboe?  Tubin?  Florent Schmitt?  Roger Sessions?  Absolutely!  Do I love them more than Mahler, or Brahms, or even Lutoslawski?  Probably not...
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: TheGSMoeller on July 06, 2012, 01:33:33 PM
Richard Strauss (Duett-Concertino for Clarinet and Bassoon)
William Byrd (Ye Sacred Muses)
Heinrich I. F. Biber (Violin Sonata No.3)
Jean-Philippe Rameau(Les Cyclopes)
Franz Joseph Haydn(Symphony No. 80 in D minor)
Hector Berlioz(Grande Messe des Morts)
Charles Ives(Piano Sonata No.2 "Concord")
Sergei Prokofiev(Symphony No. 7 in C sharp minor...although no. 6 in E flat Major is quickly becoming my top choice)
Benjamin Britten(Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings)
Philip Glass(Beauty and the Beast)   


This is my solid top ten, with R.Strauss being numero uno, the rest being chronological. R. Strauss' tone poems (Till Eulenspiegel in particular) initially sparked my interest in classical music. The rest of the list I'll present in chronological order...

John Dowland(Lachrimae)
Claudio Monteverdi(Orfeo)
J.S. Bach(Goldberg Variations)
Antonio Vivaldi(Mandolin Concerto)
Georg Philipp Telemann(Overture-Suite in C major, TV 55 no C 3 "Wassermusik")
W. A. Mozart(Die Zauberflöte)
Franz Schubert(String Quartet No. 14 in D minor)
Edward Elgar(The Music Makers)
Alban Berg(Wozzeck)
Francis Poulenc(Figure humaine)
Alfred Schnittke(Choir Concerto)
Michael Nyman(MGV)
Pascal Dusapin(A Quia, concerto for Piano and Orchestra)
David Lang(Little Match Girl Passion)
Paul Schoenfield(Vaudeville, for Piccolo Trumpet and Orchestra)


Just for sh**s and giggles I added my favorite piece by each, not necessarily in every case the piece I would consider their greatest accomplishment, but the one I enjoy the most.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Mirror Image on July 06, 2012, 05:32:30 PM
Today (likely to change without notice :) ):

1   Mahler
2   Beethoven
3   Shostakovich
4   Dvorak
5   Stravinsky
6   Martinu
7   Sibelius
8   Bruckner
9   Haydn
10   Rachmaninov
11   Brahms
12   Bartok
13   Bach
14   Korngold
15   Schubert
16   Prokofiev
17   Schoenberg
18   Copland
19   Villa-Lobos
20   Hindemith
21   Messiaen
22   Ravel
23   Roussel
24   Milhaud
25   Lutoslawski


I listen to music from all eras - Middle Ages to contemporary, by composers both familiar and obscure.  And I love almost all of it!  In the end, though, I seem to gravitate (mostly) to the best-known, best-loved composers.  Do I enjoy Holmboe?  Tubin?  Florent Schmitt?  Roger Sessions?  Absolutely!  Do I love them more than Mahler, or Brahms, or even Lutoslawski?  Probably not...

Excellent list! Good to see Roussel, Milhaud, Martinu, and, of course, Shostakovich on your list. 8)
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Mtensk on July 20, 2012, 12:29:35 PM
No Enescu in there....tut tut.. ::)
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Sergeant Rock on July 20, 2012, 12:40:50 PM
No Enescu in there....tut tut.. ::)

Give us your 25...so we can do some tutting too  ;D ;)

Sarge
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: madaboutmahler on July 20, 2012, 12:51:36 PM
Just for sh**s and giggles I added my favorite piece by each, not necessarily in every case the piece I would consider their greatest accomplishment, but the one I enjoy the most.
That does sound like good fun, Greg - I think I'll do it too! ;D

Looking back now, I'd probably make one or two changes. But I'll keep to this list for now as I still love these composers very dearly!
Gustav Mahler (Symphony no.6)
Richard Strauss (Eine Alpensinfonie)
Edward Elgar (Symphony no.2)
Maurice Ravel (Daphnis et Chloe)
Claude Debussy (La Mer)
Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky (Symphony no.6)
Frederick Chopin (anything!)
Ralph Vaughan Williams (Symphony no.6)
Johannes Brahms (Opus 118 Piano Pieces)
John Adams (Harmonielehre)
Leonard Bernstein (Symphonic Dances)
Sergei Rachmaninov (Piano Concerto no.3)
Alexander Glazunov (Symphony no.4)
Dmitri Shostakovich (Symphony no.10)
Sergei Prokofiev (Romeo and Juliet)
Carl Nielsen (Pan og Syrinx)
Ludwig van Beethoven (Symphony no.7)
Anton Bruckner (Symphony no.5)
Robert Schumann (Symphony no.4)
Robert Simpson (Symphony no.4)
Antonin Dvorak (Slavonic Dances)
Richard Wagner (Gotterdammerung)
Ottorino Respighi (Fountains of Rome)
Vitezslav Novak (De Profundis)
Sergei Bortkiewicz (Piano Concerto no.1)


Hard list to come up with... and of course not in any particular order, except perhaps from the first four who have remained my top 4 favourites for a long time now! :)
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: PaulR on July 20, 2012, 01:00:37 PM
Shostakovich
Prokofiev
Mussorgsky
Weinberg
Beethoven
B. Tchaikovsky
Berlioz
Mahler
Schumann
Schubert
P.I Tchaikovsky
Ives
Schnittke
Atterberg
Piston
Part
Britten
Brahms
Copland
Langgard, Rued
Nielsen, Carl.
Mendelssohn
Saint-Saens.
Sibelius
Dvorak.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Lisztianwagner on July 20, 2012, 02:17:52 PM
Mine could be:

Wagner
Beethoven
Liszt
Mahler
Rachmaninov
J. Strauss Sohn
Mozart
Tchaikovsky
R. Strauss
Shostakovich

Brahms
Holst
Sibelius
Chopin
Bruckner
Nielsen
Ravel
Debussy
Prokofiev
Dvořák
Respighi
J.S. Bach
Elgar
Schönberg
Schumann

After some time, I think I should change something in the second half of the list ;D :

Holst (The Planets)
Ravel (Daphnis et Chloe)
Brahms (Symphony No.3)
Sibelius (Symphony No.5)
Chopin (Nocturnes)
Nielsen (Symphony No.4)
Debussy (La Mer)
Prokofiev (Romeo and Juliet)
Bruckner (Symphony No.7)
Dvořák (Slavonic Dances)
Respighi (Pines of Rome)
Elgar (Symphony No.2)
J.S. Bach (Well-Tempered Clavier)
Schumann (Symphony No.4)
Bartók (Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta)
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Brian on January 30, 2013, 09:20:43 PM
1. Beethoven
2. Dvořák
3. Ravel
4. Chopin
5. Sibelius
6. Janáček
7. Mozart
8. Haydn
9. Shostakovich
10. J.S. Bach

and in a totally random order
Berlioz
Roussel
Debussy
Brahms
Atterberg
Rimsky-Korsakov
Martinů
Mussorgsky
Vivaldi
Tchaikovsky
Borodin
Gershwin
Khachaturian
Saint-Saëns
Lutoslawski
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: North Star on January 30, 2013, 11:21:39 PM
Added Pärt after noticed I missed him, and I just can't take anyone of the 26 off.

Ravel
Janacek
Chopin
Berlioz

Bach
Mozart
Shostakovich
Schubert
Sibelius
Prokofiev
Beethoven
Rakhmaninov
Dvorak
Tchaikovsky
Stravinsky
Bartók
Mahler
Schoenberg
Brahms
Martinu
Scriabin
Pärt
Haydn
Szymanowski
Debussy
Mussorgsky
Schumann


EDIT: Abort mission! where the heck is Bartók ???
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: mc ukrneal on February 02, 2013, 12:51:20 AM
Hmm. Another list. Why not?! :) I have not tried to put them in any particular order.
Brahms
Beethoven
Schubert
Schumann
Mozart
Haydn
Chopin
Coates (Eric)
Copland
Prokofiev
Tchaikovsky
Burgmuller
Offenbach
Donizetti
Verdi
Puccini
Dvorak
Elgar
Grieg
Holst
Saint-Saens
Grainger
Mendelssohn
Rachmaninov
Strauss, Richard

Alternates:
Monteverdi
Rossini
Liszt
Hummel
Lehar
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Mirror Image on February 19, 2013, 07:49:53 PM
I asked my Dad tonight who his favorite composers are and he said the following:

Mahler
Liszt
Dvorak
Holst
Glazunov
Janacek
Mendelssohn
Rautavaara
Saint-Saens
Bruckner
Reger
Scriabin
Brahms
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on February 20, 2013, 05:25:39 AM
If elected, I refuse to serve . . . .

Thread duty (not in any strict order):

Stravinsky
Tchaikovsky
Shostakovich
Chopin
Prokofiev
Sibelius
Nielsen
Mozart
Rakhmaninov
JS Bach
Bartók
Haydn
Hindemith
Berlioz
Victoria
Brahms
D Scarlatti
Beethoven
Debussy
Ravel
Schoenberg
Buxtehude
F Couperin
Vaughan Williams
Tallis


Pretty much holds up. Might want to wedge Holmboe in there, the better I get to know the string quartets, and the nore I hear of the chamber concerti.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on February 20, 2013, 05:28:23 AM
Pretty much holds up. Might want to wedge Holmboe in there . . . .

Never Delius, though.

I know some people around here go apeshit for it, but not me.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: TheGSMoeller on February 20, 2013, 05:57:48 AM
Richard Strauss (Duett-Concertino for Clarinet and Bassoon))
William Byrd (Ye Sacred Muses)
Heinrich I. F. Biber (Violin Sonata No.3)
Jean-Philippe Rameau(Les Cyclopes)
Franz Joseph Haydn(Symphony No. 80 in D minor)
Hector Berlioz(Grande Messe des Morts)
Charles Ives(Piano Sonata No.2 "Concord")
Sergei Prokofiev(Symphony No.  6 in E flat Major
Benjamin Britten(Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings)
Philip Glass(Beauty and the Beast)   


This is my solid top ten, with R.Strauss being numero uno, the rest being chronological. R. Strauss' tone poems (Till Eulenspiegel in particular) initially sparked my interest in classical music. The rest of the list I'll present in chronological order...

John Dowland(Lachrimae)
Claudio Monteverdi(Orfeo)
J.S. Bach(Goldberg Variations)
Antonio Vivaldi(Mandolin Concerto)
Georg Philipp Telemann(Overture-Suite in C major, TV 55 no C 3 "Wassermusik")
W. A. Mozart(Die Zauberflöte)
Franz Schubert(String Quartet No. 15 in D minor)
Edward Elgar(Symphony No. 2)
Alban Berg(Wozzeck)
Francis Poulenc(Figure humaine)
Alfred Schnittke(Choir Concerto)
Michael Nyman(MGV)
Pascal Dusapin(A Quia, concerto for Piano and Orchestra)
David Lang(Little Match Girl Passion)
Paul Schoenfield(Vaudeville, for Piccolo Trumpet and Orchestra)



Mine is still mostly similar, the inclusion of Bruckner, Brahms, Faure and Rangstrom are possibilities.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on February 20, 2013, 06:04:23 AM
You're right, at that . . . need to wedge Bruckner in there, somehow, too . . . .

Come to think on't, I shall cue up some HvK Bruckner soon . . . .
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: OrchestralNut on February 20, 2013, 06:11:17 AM
You're right, at that . . . need to wedge Bruckner in there, somehow, too . . . .

Come to think on't, I shall cue up some HvK Bruckner soon . . . .


Giddy up!  Bruckner on Karl's T25 list.  My prayers have been answered!!  The Abbey's Kool-Aid is working its magic!  $:)
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Fafner on February 20, 2013, 06:17:13 AM
This is my list in a semi-random order.

Shostakovich
Wagner
Beethoven
Bach, J.S.
Brahms
Bruckner
Tchaikovsky
Donizetti
Puccini
Verdi
Janáček
Martinů
Mahler
Mozart
Haydn
Dvořák
Bartók
Giordano
Bellini
Rossini
Vaughan Williams
Sibelius
Strauss, R.
Walton
Gershwin
--

Stravinsky, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev just barely did not make the cut.  Apparently all the Italians are hogging a lot of space
Title: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Leo K. on February 20, 2013, 07:10:20 AM
Here I go, thought about it for awhile, and it is fun to list 'em.

Mozart
Haydn
Dittersdorf
Johann Hasse
JC Bach
JS Bach
Friedrich II (King of Prussia)
Handel
Vivaldi
Salieri
Sammartini
Schubert
Beethoven
Schumann
Mendelssohn
Mahler
Brahms
Bruckner
Ives
Berg
Copland
Elgar
Mussorgsky
Borodin
Stravinsky


Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Wakefield on February 20, 2013, 07:49:23 AM
Just 12:

J.S. Bach
Haydn
Vivaldi
Schubert
Shostakovich
Frescobaldi
Monteverdi
Brahms
Schumann
Chopin
Rachmaninov
Mendelssohn
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on February 20, 2013, 07:55:20 AM
Just 12:

J.S. Bach
Haydn
Vivaldi
Schubert
Shostakovich
Frescobaldi
Monteverdi
Brahms
Schumann
Chopin
Rachmaninov
Mendelssohn


A fine list of twelve, though, bien sûr.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: CaughtintheGaze on February 20, 2013, 08:20:08 AM
These are the composers, that I can think of, that I listen to at least once a week.
Handel (Keyboard works and Operas)
Satie (Keyboard works)
Vivaldi (Operas)
Liza Lim (Anything)
Copland (Ballets and Keyboard works)
Schumann (Keyboard and Chamber works)
Liszt (Keyboard works and Tone Poems)
Schubert (Keyboard works)
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: OrchestralNut on February 20, 2013, 09:36:00 AM
Here's the best I could do (listed in alphabetical order)

Bach
Bartok
Beethoven
Berlioz
Brahms
Bruckner
Dvorak
Faure
Haydn
Mahler
Mendelssohn
Mozart
Mussorgsky
Prokofiev
Ravel
Rimsky-Korsakov
Schubert
Schumann
Shostakovich
Sibelius
Strauss, R.
Stravinsky
Taneyev
Tchaikovsky
Wagner

*Recently diving into Nielsen.  I could potentially see (the way things are going) Nielsen eventually crack the T25.

Summary

7 German
7 Russian
5 Austrian
3 French
1 Hungarian
1 Czech
1 Finnish
Title: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Leo K. on February 20, 2013, 09:42:50 AM
It's good to see Mendelssohn appearing on these lists.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Fafner on February 20, 2013, 11:34:01 AM
Summary

7 German
7 Russian
5 Austrian
3 French
1 Hungarian
1 Czech
1 Finnish

That's a cool idea. Here is mine:

6 Italian
5 German
4 Austrian
3 Czech
2 Russian
2 English
1 Finnish
1 Hungarian
1 American
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on February 20, 2013, 11:45:59 AM
That is a nice idea . . . I've decided I do want to include Holmboe & Bruckner, but I refuse to excise any of the original list:

Stravinsky
Tchaikovsky
Shostakovich
Chopin
Prokofiev
Sibelius
Nielsen
Mozart
Rakhmaninov
JS Bach
Bartók
Haydn
Hindemith
Berlioz
Victoria
Brahms
D Scarlatti
Beethoven
Debussy
Ravel
Schoenberg
Buxtehude
F Couperin
Vaughan Williams
Tallis
Holmboe
Bruckner


5 Russians
4 Austrians
4 Frenchmen
4 Germans
3 Danes
2 Englishmen
1 Finn
1 Italian
1 Magyar
1 Pole
1 Spaniard
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Mirror Image on February 20, 2013, 11:51:24 AM
Mine would like this:

5 Russian
5 British
3 French
2 American
2 Austrian
2 Czech
1 Finnish
1 Swiss
1 Estonian
1 Polish
1 Brazilian
1 Hungarian
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: TheGSMoeller on February 20, 2013, 12:32:13 PM
I'm trying to compile which ones from my list were left-handed, near-sighted, preferred wine to beer, homosexual, naturally curly hair, vegetarian or had brown eyes.

But in the meantime, I'll present this..

Austrian - 5
British - 5
French - 4
American - 4
German - 3
Russian - 2
Italian - 2



Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Lisztianwagner on February 20, 2013, 12:50:50 PM
Nice idea, so:

Wagner
Beethoven
Liszt
Mahler
Rachmaninov
Johann Strauss II
Mozart
R. Strauss
Tchaikovsky
Ravel
Holst
Shostakovich
Brahms
Chopin
Sibelius
Nielsen
Debussy
Prokofiev
Bruckner
Dvořák
Respighi
Elgar
Schumann
Bartók
Glazunov


Summary:
5 German
4 Austrian
5 Russian
2 Hungarian
1 Polish
2 French
2 English
1 Czech
1 Italian
1 Finnish
1 Danish

Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on February 20, 2013, 12:56:00 PM
That is a nice idea . . . I've decided I do want to include Holmboe & Bruckner, but I refuse to excise any of the original list:

Stravinsky
Tchaikovsky
Shostakovich
Chopin
Prokofiev
Sibelius
Nielsen
Mozart
Rakhmaninov
JS Bach
Bartók
Haydn
Hindemith
Berlioz
Victoria
Brahms
D Scarlatti
Beethoven
Debussy
Ravel
Schoenberg
Buxtehude
F Couperin
Vaughan Williams
Tallis
Holmboe
Bruckner


5 Russians
4 Austrians
4 Frenchmen
4 Germans
3 Danes
2 Englishmen
1 Finn
1 Italian
1 Magyar
1 Pole
1 Spaniard


Seeing Ilaria's list makes me realize — drat! how is Dvořák not there?! : )
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Papy Oli on February 20, 2013, 01:01:15 PM
hmmm... let's play... in no particular order...

Mahler
Pärt
Scarlatti
Janacek
Victoria
Chopin
Beethoven
Stravinsky
Bruckner
Tallis
Schubert
Rangstrom
Atterberg
Loewe
Kodaly
Piazzolla
Haydn
Satie
Rameau
Mendelssohn
Grieg
Gershwin
Vivaldi
Gesualdo
Schumann
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Lisztianwagner on February 20, 2013, 01:04:18 PM
Seeing Ilaria's list makes me realize — drat! how is Dvořák not there?! : )

No Liszt as well?
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: North Star on February 20, 2013, 01:08:00 PM
Ravel
Janacek
Chopin
Berlioz
Bach
Mozart
Shostakovich
Schubert
Sibelius
Prokofiev
Beethoven
Rakhmaninov
Dvorak
Tchaikovsky
Stravinsky
Bartók
Mahler
Schoenberg
Brahms
Martinu
Scriabin
Pärt
Haydn
Szymanowski
Debussy

Russians: vi
Germans: iv
Austrians: iv
French:  iii
Czechs: iii
Poles: ii
Finns: i
Hungarians: i
Estonians: i
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: (: premont :) on February 20, 2013, 01:30:41 PM
In approximately chronological order:

Machault
Ciconia
Du Fay
Binchois
Busnois
Byrd
Bull
Dowland
Sweelinck
Giovanni Gabrieli
Frescobaldi
Froberger
Weckmann
Scheidemann
Louis Couperin
de Grigny
Lübeck
Buxtehude
Böhm
J S Bach
Domenico Scarlatti
Beethoven
Chopin
Bartok
Nielsen
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: OrchestralNut on February 20, 2013, 02:01:53 PM
I am curious, who are your five Austrians?

Perhaps I made a mistake?

Bruckner
Haydn
Mahler
Mozart
Schubert

Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: OrchestralNut on February 20, 2013, 02:03:19 PM


5 Russians

Wow, I have more Russkies than Karl.  *pounds the table!*  :laugh: $:) ;)
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Wanderer on February 21, 2013, 04:43:48 AM
That is a nice idea . . . I've decided I do want to include Holmboe & Bruckner, but I refuse to excise any of the original list:

Stravinsky
Tchaikovsky
Shostakovich
Chopin
Prokofiev
Sibelius
Nielsen
Mozart
Rakhmaninov
JS Bach
Bartók
Haydn
Hindemith
Berlioz
Victoria
Brahms
D Scarlatti
Beethoven
Debussy
Ravel
Schoenberg
Buxtehude
F Couperin
Vaughan Williams
Tallis
Holmboe
Bruckner


Yup, another 27'er!  8)

Mine still stands as it was.

In no particular order, of course.

Beethoven
Mozart
Schubert
Schumann
Liszt
Alkan
Medtner
Berlioz
Ravel
Janáček
Bruckner
Sibelius
Zelenka
Skalkottas
Zemlinsky
Schreker
R. Strauss
Vaughan Williams
Scriabin
Wagner
Brahms
Korngold
Tchaikovsky
Bartók
Haydn
Respighi
Prokofiev


7 Austrians
5 Germans
4 Russians
3 French
2 Czechs
2 Hungarians
1 Finn
1 English (with a double surname)
1 Italian
1 Greek



Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on February 21, 2013, 05:20:49 AM
Yup, another 27'er!  8)

Was a time, when I was in compliance . . . .
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: OrchestralNut on February 22, 2013, 06:15:15 AM
Interesting.  When I add up the year of birth for each of my 25 composers, comes out to an average year of 1829.

That falls in between Bruckner and Brahms.  How fitting!   :)
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: dyn on February 27, 2013, 08:36:44 AM
who counts to 25?

composers i'm listening to a lot of right now (or at least that have made a significant impression):
Biagio Marini
M. de Sainte-Colombe
François Couperin
Jan Ladislav Dussek
Fryderyk Chopin
Robert Schumann
Igor Stravinsky (late)
Hilding Rosenberg
Elliott Carter
Gavriil Popov
Karlheinz Stockhausen
Mauricio Kagel
Toshio Hosokawa
Jukka Tiensuu
Beatriz Ferreyra
Ivo Malec
Claude Vivier
Michael Finnissy
Richard Barrett
Clemens Gadenstätter
Simon Steen-Andersen
Chiyoko Szlavnics
Evan Johnson

composers who haven't made as significant an impression, but i'm still listening to:
Alfred Schnittke
Peter Maxwell Davies
Matthijs Vermeulen
David Matthews
Scott McLaughlin
Ramon Lazkano
Christopher Rouse
Josef Rheinberger
Grazyna Bacewicz

what's that? 20-something, right? i don't know if they're my favourites ever, but who keeps track of that anyway? >.>
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Jaakko Keskinen on October 01, 2016, 07:14:24 AM
Not necessarily in order:

Wagner
Debussy
Beethoven
Berlioz
Sibelius
R. Strauss
Verdi
Puccini
Liszt
Saint-Saëns
Rachmaninoff
Tchaikovsky
Brahms
Schumann
Bruckner
Mendelssohn
Schubert
Mahler
Haydn
Mozart
Korngold
Händel/Johann Sebastian Bach
Gounod/Massenet
Franck/Ravel
Stravinsky/Shostakovich





Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: North Star on October 01, 2016, 07:16:50 AM
Not necessarily in order:

Wagner
Debussy
Beethoven
Berlioz
Sibelius
R. Strauss
Verdi
Puccini
Liszt
Saint-Saëns
Rachmaninoff
Tchaikovsky
Brahms
Schumann
Bruckner
Mendelssohn
Schubert
Mahler
Haydn
Mozart
Korngold
Händel/Johann Sebastian Bach
Gounod/Massenet
Franck/Ravel
Stravinsky/Shostakovich

That's 29 ;)
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on October 01, 2016, 07:24:04 AM
Yeah, I don't get the slashdom  8)
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: North Star on October 01, 2016, 07:34:12 AM
OK, lets try this..


Bach
Sibelius
Ravel
Janáček
Chopin

Berlioz
Stravinsky
Prokofiev
Brahms
Mozart

Beethoven
Schubert
Rakhmaninov
Shostakovich
Haydn

Dvořák
Nielsen
Bartók
Debussy
Monteverdi

Berg
Martinů
Pärt
Zelenka
Schönberg

And an earlier draft:
Ravel
Janacek
Chopin
Berlioz

Bach
Mozart
Shostakovich
Schubert
Sibelius
Prokofiev
Beethoven
Rakhmaninov
Dvorak
Tchaikovsky
Stravinsky
Bartók
Mahler
Schoenberg
Brahms
Martinu
Scriabin
Pärt
Haydn
Szymanowski
Debussy
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: vandermolen on October 01, 2016, 07:56:55 AM
Vaughan Williams
Miaskovsky
Shostakovich
Bruckner
Sibelius
Tubin
Arnold
Bax
Glazunov
Rubbra
Copland
Diamond
Madetoja
Honegger
Kinsella
Braga Santos
Rachmaninov
Novak
Arnell
Alwyn
Gliere
Popov
Langgaard
Brian
Rootham
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Jo498 on October 01, 2016, 08:11:57 AM
25 is a lot, so it gets fuzzy in the 11-25 section

1 Beethoven

2-10
JS Bach
Haydn
Mozart
Brahms
Schubert
Schumann
Handel
Bartok
Mahler

11-25
Chopin
Purcell
Wagner
Berg
Mendelssohn
Bruckner
Dvorak
Monteverdi
Shostakovich
Stravinsky
Ravel
Debussy
Verdi
Vivaldi
Zelenka

but there are lots more like the last few. Often I like a few pieces a lot but don't even know or don't much care for the rest. E.g. Franck's is one of my favorite violin sonatas and I also like the piano quintet a lot but don't care much for the symphony or that choral+fugue and I don't really know his organ music and the symphonic poems.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Monsieur Croche on October 01, 2016, 08:19:36 AM
Yeah, I don't get the slashdom  8)

They were on sale that week... Twofers -- ya know,

~~~"This week only! Composers ~ Twofer the price of One."
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Jaakko Keskinen on October 01, 2016, 09:23:54 AM
That's 28 ;)

Unless I accidentally mentioned someone twice, I think that's 29.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: North Star on October 01, 2016, 09:45:23 AM
Unless I accidentally mentioned someone twice, I think that's 29.
Yes, that was a typo. But the point still stands - you didn't post a list of 25.  8)
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Monsieur Croche on October 01, 2016, 10:40:36 AM
Yes, that was a typo. But the point still stands - you didn't post a list of 25.  8)

Fine that man!  Instant payment or jail time.

(Any OP who thinks they can maintain control of the subsequent posts by other members is utterly divorced from reality.)
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: North Star on October 01, 2016, 10:55:08 AM
Fine that man!  Instant payment or jail time.

(Any OP who thinks they can maintain control of the subsequent posts by other members is utterly divorced from reality.)
Oh, it's a tradition to do several lists, or add more items than instructed.  :)
Also, I noticed I forgot Chopin from my list, had to fix that, of course.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Autumn Leaves on October 01, 2016, 11:12:53 AM
Ahhh, hard question but Ill have a go at it:

Josquin
Byrd
Sibelius
Shostakovich
Tchaikovsky
Mahler
Bruckner
Chopin
Debussy
Bach
Beethoven
Haydn
Mozart
Prokofiev
Rimsky-Korsakov
Khachaturian
Hovhaness
Yoshimatsu
Reich
Ravel
Vaughan Williams
Schubert
Schumann
Strauss (R)
Liszt

Hopefully I didn't forget anybody - It wasn't easy to think of many more after I listed about 17 names so that's probably the point at which I stop to "love" and more or less "like".

Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: NorthNYMark on October 01, 2016, 11:27:23 AM
Just a snapshot for now, as my tastes and knowledge base are still at a fairly undeveloped stage. The first five are what keep bringing me back for the most concentrated listening. The remaining 20 are in no particular order and more subject to change (though the order is as they came to me, so that may be somewhat significant):

Beethoven
Brahms
Bartok
Shostakovich
Carter

Webern
Schoenberg
Chopin
Messiaen
Ligeti
Sibelius
Nielsen
Liszt
Mahler
Weinberg
Berlioz
Sibelius
Dutilleux
Kurtag
Prokofiev
Debussy
Schubert
Varese
Stravinsky
Janacek
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: ritter on October 01, 2016, 12:00:33 PM
Well, this is my list. It certainly is not cast in stone, as there are perhaps 10 or 15 names that will probably never fall from it, but others that could at any given time be substituted by names that regrettably didn't make it on this occasion (e.g. Liszt, Prokofiev, Telemann,...  :( ).

Johann Sebastan Bach
Alban Berg
Luciano Berio
Pierre Boulez
Anton Bruckner
Ferruccio Busoni
Ellliott Carter
Luigi Dallapiccola
Claude Debussy
George Enescu
Manuel de Falla
Joseph Haydn
Ernst Křenek
Bruno Maderna
Gustav Mahler
Olivier Messiaen
Claudio Monteverdi
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Jean-Philippe Rameau
Maurice Ravel
Florent Schmitt
Arnold Schoenberg
Karlheinz Stockhausen
Igor Stravinsky
Richard Wagner

In strict alphabetical order (but the last name towers well above the rest, I confess  ;) )..
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Ghost Sonata on October 01, 2016, 12:02:01 PM
A Mozart-free List (though he makes my Top Ten for individual works, his Symphony #40); no Americanos either, but Hanson would come in at 26 (you have to admire my deviousness in sneaking that in!); I sure do like Top 25 Lists, I can do them w/o feeling like I'm going to starve for music.

Brahms
Stravinsky
Berlioz
Bax
VW
Myaskovsky
Szymanowski
Scriabin
Martinů
Poulenc
Schoenberg
Messiaen
Lutoslawski
Wagner
Fauré
Mahler
Richard Strauss
Sibelius
Prokofiev
Debussy
Schubert
Janacek
Couperin
Rameau
Franck
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: San Antone on October 01, 2016, 03:46:02 PM
I probably posted a list back when this thread was new, but my listening has changed this year, so here's my current list, roughly chronologically, of the composers I have been listening to more than others - but it doesn't amount to 25.

Machaut
Dufay
Ockeghem
Josquin des Prez
Gesualdo
Beethoven
Schubert
Schumann
Liszt
Brahms
Faure
Debussy
Mahler
Schoenberg
Berg
Ives
Ravel
Stravinsky
Poulenc
Durufle
Shostakovich
M. Weinberg
K. Meyer

 ;)
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Mirror Image on October 01, 2016, 06:54:13 PM
I suppose this could very well be my current 'Top 25 Favorite Composers' list -

Nielsen
Sibelius
Ravel
Bartók
Vaughan Williams
Prokofiev
Berg
Martinů
Shostakovich
Dvořák
Elgar
Rachmaninov
Szymanowski
Janáček
Schnittke
Hartmann
Schoenberg
Debussy
Ives
Copland
Bruckner
Mahler
Takemitsu
Britten
Pärt
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Madiel on October 01, 2016, 09:17:38 PM
Fine that man!  Instant payment or jail time.

(Any OP who thinks they can maintain control of the subsequent posts by other members is utterly divorced from reality.)

If we're going to fine him, I'd rather it was for his peculiar habit of resurrecting threads that are years old. This one has relatively recent activity. In the last few days Alberich has pulled up ones that haven't had anyone posting on them for 5 years or more. The favourite French composers poll had closed in 2008.

It's as if he doesn't want to talk to any of us. Only to ghosts.
Title: Re: 27 Favorite Composers
Post by: Wanderer on October 01, 2016, 10:09:39 PM
Be it 25 or 30, it's still too restrictive. Here are (some of) the ones I consider essential, the ones I wouldn't want to be without:

Bach
Haydn
Beethoven
Mozart
Schubert
Schumann
Brahms
Liszt
Alkan
Medtner
Berlioz
Ravel
Debussy
Janáček
Bruckner
Sibelius
Skalkottas
Zemlinsky
Schreker
R. Strauss
Vaughan Williams
Scriabin
Wagner
Korngold
Saint-Saëns
Schmidt
Tchaikovsky
Prokofiev
Stravinsky
Chopin
Bartók
Puccini
Respighi
Zelenka
Rachmaninov
Mahler
Elgar
Szymanowski
Shostakovich
Hindemith
Charpentier
Lully
Langgaard
Nielsen
Martinů
Poulenc
Britten
Rossini
Vivaldi
Mendelssohn
Rimsky-Korsakov
Mussorgsky
Offenbach
Händel
Hummel
Walton
Weber
Grieg
Fauré
Berg
Schönberg
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Wanderer on October 01, 2016, 10:21:59 PM
If we're going to fine him, I'd rather it was for his peculiar habit of resurrecting threads that are years old. This one has relatively recent activity. In the last few days Alberich has pulled up ones that haven't had anyone posting on them for 5 years or more. The favourite French composers poll had closed in 2008.

It's as if he doesn't want to talk to any of us. Only to ghosts.

I disagree with that attitude. Threads don't have an expiration date. Incidentally, it'd be nice if newbies searched the forum, resurrected old threads and added their opinions about a previously discussed topic there, instead of starting new ones all the time.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: vandermolen on October 01, 2016, 10:29:33 PM
I feel bad about leaving Walton off my list. Nice to see Yoshimatsu mentioned as I very much enjoy his music.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Madiel on October 01, 2016, 10:34:58 PM
I disagree with that attitude. Threads don't have an expiration date. Incidentally, it'd be nice if newbies searched the forum, resurrected old threads and added their opinions about a previously discussed topic there, instead of starting new ones all the time.

Some polls clearly DO have an expiration date. That's kind of what got my attention, the fact that a poll thread was resurrected and the poll had closed 8.5 years ago.

Plus, anyone who did vote on a poll however many years ago that's still open, and has changed their mind, can't express their new opinion.

There's a reason why these polls have been dormant for years and years. I'm not against threads in general being resurrected if it's an ongoing topic, but when it comes to polls, I think it'd be far better to make a fresh one and perhaps link/refer back to the old one. It would then be possible to compare old results to new ones.

Polls are snapshots in time. That's what they're supposed to be. After all, we don't keep accumulating votes from previous elections.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Autumn Leaves on October 01, 2016, 10:43:05 PM
Nice to see Yoshimatsu mentioned as I very much enjoy his music.

Thanks - I really like Yoshimatsu's music, especially that brilliant Symphony #1!
Im very glad you like him too - I appreciate your taste and would certainly trust any of your recommendations :)
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Wanderer on October 01, 2016, 11:02:38 PM
...when it comes to polls, I think it'd be far better to make a fresh one and perhaps link/refer back to the old one.

When it comes to polls, I agree (not applicable, however, when one simply wants to add his opinion to the discussion which may have been going on even after the votes have closed and not necessarily start a new poll).

My response was to your comment about "resurrecting threads that are years old" - like this one.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Madiel on October 01, 2016, 11:12:40 PM
*shrug* We're in The Polling Station. All of the threads that I've seen Alberich resurrecting are in The Polling Station. As far as I'm concerned they're all polls.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Wanderer on October 02, 2016, 12:12:08 AM
As far as I'm concerned they're all polls.

Irrelevant, either way. What I stressed and stand by is the legitimacy of resurrecting old threads in general, which I assume you have no real objection to.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: vandermolen on October 02, 2016, 12:39:06 AM
Thanks - I really like Yoshimatsu's music, especially that brilliant Symphony #1!
Im very glad you like him too - I appreciate your taste and would certainly trust any of your recommendations :)
:)
I also like Yoshimatsu's Symphony 1 'Kamui-Chikap' and my other two favourites are Symphony 2 (the first one I heard) and Symphony 3. I have two different recordings of the first two symphonies. As with Hovhaness (another composer I admire) critics can be quite disparaging about their music but I derive much emotional pleasure from the symphonies of both composers and rate them highly.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Jo498 on October 02, 2016, 12:41:21 AM
I am always for fewer threads. Especially in such "light" polling/lists stuff it makes no sense to make a forum even more unwieldy by more of similar/identical threads. I think the cluttering with 5 2-page "favorite x"-threads is worse than one such 10-page-thread. So there is nothing wrong with "resurrecting" them.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Jaakko Keskinen on October 02, 2016, 01:13:11 AM
*shrug* We're in The Polling Station. All of the threads that I've seen Alberich resurrecting are in The Polling Station. As far as I'm concerned they're all polls.

I wasn't aware it was a criminal offence to resurrect polls. Go on, sue me. One would think that these polls would have been removed out of existence if it really were so wrong to bring them back.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: San Antone on October 02, 2016, 01:18:22 AM
I wasn't aware it was a criminal offence to resurrect polls. Go on, sue me. One would think that these polls would have been removed out of existence if it really were so wrong to bring them back.

I am glad you resurrected this thread and generally like to see an old thread get new activity.  I just bumped an old thread, myself: "Your five favorite Mahler Movements" (or something like that).  No harm; no foul.

 ;)
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Wanderer on October 02, 2016, 01:31:59 AM
I am glad you resurrected this thread and generally like to see an old thread get new activity.

+1
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Jaakko Keskinen on October 02, 2016, 01:34:11 AM
I am glad you resurrected this thread and generally like to see an old thread get new activity.  I just bumped an old thread, myself: "Your five favorite Mahler Movements" (or something like that).  No harm; no foul.

 ;)

Grazie, friend!  :)
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Madiel on October 02, 2016, 03:24:32 AM
I wasn't aware it was a criminal offence to resurrect polls. Go on, sue me.

Your commitment to melodrama does you credit.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Autumn Leaves on October 02, 2016, 11:59:44 PM
:)
I also like Yoshimatsu's Symphony 1 'Kamui-Chikap' and my other two favourites are Symphony 2 (the first one I heard) and Symphony 3. I have two different recordings of the first two symphonies. As with Hovhaness (another composer I admire) critics can be quite disparaging about their music but I derive much emotional pleasure from the symphonies of both composers and rate them highly.

For sure - I don't pay too much attention to the critics and Im not ashamed to admit I love both Composers.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: ComposerOfAvantGarde on October 03, 2016, 02:10:11 AM
Let me see if I can narrow things down to 25

Boulez
Ligeti
Liza Lim
Brett Dean
Thomas Adès
Harrison Birtwistle
Sibelius
John Cage
Morton Feldman
Olga Neuwirth
Oliver Knussen
Isabel Mundry
Anthony Pateras
Perotin
Dai Fujikura
Toshio Hosokawa
Philippe Manoury
Hildegard
Beat Furrer
Mozart
Xenakis
Salvatore Sciarrino
Rebecca Saunders
Brian Ferneyhough
Debussy
Helen Grime
Charlotte Bray
Monteverdi
Gloria Coates
Takemitsu
Berio
Dutilleux
Bruno Mantovani
Matthias Pintscher
William Byrd
Gerard Grisey
Hugues Dufourt
Ginastera
Pierre Henry
Elliott Carter
Pauline Oliveros

I'm well over the silly limit but I just love them all so much!
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: North Star on October 03, 2016, 02:20:51 AM
Very nice list indeed, that, Jessop. And yeah, 25 really is a silly number - it's too much for just the most essential core favourites, but not enough for a useful representation of a wider selection.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: ComposerOfAvantGarde on October 03, 2016, 02:22:32 AM
Very nice list indeed, that, Jessop. And yeah, 25 really is a silly number - it's too much for just the most essential core favourites, but not enough for a useful representation of a wider selection.

That list IS of my 'core favourites' :P
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: amw on October 03, 2016, 02:29:53 AM

In order, but I'll admit that order becomes pretty arbitrary closer to the end.

Also, massive gap between the top 2 and the rest, as anyone who's followed my listening habits around here can attest.

The rest of the core favourites, roughly in order. So ones nearer the top are more likely to eventually break into the top 25. Put together, I guess these are "my top 51 composers"

Nono
Berio
Saunders (R)
Medtner
Ferrari
Prokofiev
Mendelssohn
Carter
Rădulescu
Lachenmann
Roslavets
Gerhard
Lutosławski
Schoenberg
Janáček
Skalkottas
Poulenc
Tchaikovsky
Ustvolskaya
Xenakis
Poppe
Fullman
Kurtág
Bruckner
Dutilleux
Szymanowski
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: nathanb on October 03, 2016, 08:14:50 AM
Let me see if I can narrow things down to 25

Boulez
Ligeti
Liza Lim
Brett Dean
Thomas Adès
Harrison Birtwistle
Sibelius
John Cage
Morton Feldman
Olga Neuwirth
Oliver Knussen
Isabel Mundry
Anthony Pateras
Perotin
Dai Fujikura
Toshio Hosokawa
Philippe Manoury
Hildegard
Beat Furrer
Mozart
Xenakis
Salvatore Sciarrino
Rebecca Saunders
Brian Ferneyhough
Debussy
Helen Grime
Charlotte Bray
Monteverdi
Gloria Coates
Takemitsu
Berio
Dutilleux
Bruno Mantovani
Matthias Pintscher
William Byrd
Gerard Grisey
Hugues Dufourt
Ginastera
Pierre Henry
Elliott Carter
Pauline Oliveros

I'm well over the silly limit but I just love them all so much!

Well for starters you can definitely remove Grime and Bray because they have about a disc worth of material and you're just in an awkward honeymoon phase ;)
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: ComposerOfAvantGarde on October 03, 2016, 01:55:37 PM
Well for starters you can definitely remove Grime and Bray because they have about a disc worth of material and you're just in an awkward honeymoon phase ;)
................ :P
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: nathanb on October 03, 2016, 04:32:22 PM
................ :P

I'll pick 25 from your list for you if that'd be easier for you.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: ComposerOfAvantGarde on October 03, 2016, 04:45:26 PM
I'll pick 25 from your list for you if that'd be easier for you.

It will be
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Dancing Divertimentian on October 03, 2016, 04:48:59 PM
I wasn't aware it was a criminal offence to resurrect polls. Go on, sue me. One would think that these polls would have been removed out of existence if it really were so wrong to bring them back.

Nothing at all wrong with resurrecting this - or any - dormant thread. I think it's kinda fun looking at some of the old names/posters who've faded away and into the sunset. Sometimes I even see an old post of mine that I'd completely forgotten.

Keep resurrecting I say!
 
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: nathanb on October 03, 2016, 06:10:40 PM
Let me see if I can narrow things down to 25

Boulez
Ligeti
Lim
Dean
Birtwistle
Sibelius
Cage
Feldman
Neuwirth
Pateras
Manoury
Hildegard
Furrer
Mozart
Xenakis
Sciarrino
Ferneyhough
Debussy
Monteverdi
Takemitsu
Berio
Grisey
Ginastera
Carter
Oliveros

Here you go COAG. It is not my list, but I have tried to trim your list within reason by using four guiding principles:

(1) you have always been faithful to The Motherland (in your case, Australia), so Lim/Dean/Pateras must stay.

(2) composers may be removed based on fundamental similarity (for instance, I painfully removed Dufourt in hopes that one early French spectralist might suffice.

(3) quality over quantity, but quality was already here... so QUANTITY OF QUALITY it is... sorry Isabel :/

(4) choosing from these... this hurts me more than it hurts you.

You're welcome.

Yes, I know and like every name on your original list.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: kishnevi on October 03, 2016, 06:59:19 PM
Jessop happened to list Mozart next to Furrer. Maybe one of the few times that will ever happen, perhaps.

My contribution, in no real order
Bach
Mahler
Beethoven
Vivaldi
Mozart
Wagner
Brahms
Elgar
Handel
Schumann
Shostakovich
Bartok
Ligeti
Boulez
Schubert
Holmboe
Skalkottas
Stravinsky
Schutz
Tallis
Monteverdi
Vaughn Williams
Richard Strauss
Byrd
Liszt
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: vandermolen on October 03, 2016, 08:05:25 PM
Jessop happened to list Mozart next to Furrer. Maybe one of the few times that will ever happen, perhaps.

My contribution, in no real order
Bach
Mahler
Beethoven
Vivaldi
Mozart
Wagner
Brahms
Elgar
Handel
Schumann
Shostakovich
Bartok
Ligeti
Boulez
Schubert
Holmboe
Skalkottas
Stravinsky
Schutz
Tallis
Monteverdi
Vaughn Williams
Richard Strauss
Byrd
Liszt

What Ligetinwould you recommend? He's a composer whom I would like to explore further. I only really know 'Atmospheres' and 'Lux Aeterna' from '2001: A Space Odyssey' and have his Violin Concerto on Chandos.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Mirror Image on October 03, 2016, 08:15:10 PM
What Ligetinwould you recommend? He's a composer whom I would like to explore further. I only really know 'Atmospheres' and 'Lux Aeterna' from '2001: A Space Odyssey' and have his Violin Concerto on Chandos.

I know you didn't ask me but I highly suggest Lontano, the Piano Concerto, San Francisco Polyphony, Clocks & Clouds, Melodien, and the Requiem.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: ComposerOfAvantGarde on October 03, 2016, 10:53:38 PM
What Ligetinwould you recommend? He's a composer whom I would like to explore further. I only really know 'Atmospheres' and 'Lux Aeterna' from '2001: A Space Odyssey' and have his Violin Concerto on Chandos.
Ligeti's music ranges from the ethereal to the downright quirky and bizarre. MI lists some great works mostly from his middle period, and to add to that you might like to listen to 'Sippal Dobbhal Navhsbdjddkkekdifod (I can't spell it)' from his late period, Nonsense Madrigals (late period), Cello Sonata (early) and 6 Bagatelles for Wind Quintet (early).
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: ComposerOfAvantGarde on October 03, 2016, 10:56:05 PM
Here you go COAG. It is not my list, but I have tried to trim your list within reason by using four guiding principles:

(1) you have always been faithful to The Motherland (in your case, Australia), so Lim/Dean/Pateras must stay.

(2) composers may be removed based on fundamental similarity (for instance, I painfully removed Dufourt in hopes that one early French spectralist might suffice.

(3) quality over quantity, but quality was already here... so QUANTITY OF QUALITY it is... sorry Isabel :/

(4) choosing from these... this hurts me more than it hurts you.

You're welcome.

Yes, I know and like every name on your original list.
I can't argue with any of this, apart from maybe the deletion of Perotin, you know me really well!!!!! :o
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: vandermolen on October 03, 2016, 11:51:24 PM
Many thanks John and jessop for Ligeti recommendations - very helpful.  :)
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Reckoner on October 04, 2016, 01:22:18 AM
An attempt here, in no particular order. Omissions are tough though! :-\

LvB
WAM
PIT
Felix
Schubert

DSCH
Rachmaninov
Glass
Rautavaara
Sibelius

Mahler
Bruckner
Brahms
RVW
Dvorak

Bach
Schumann
Liszt
Smetana
Fauré

Prokofiev
Schnittke
Adams
Reich
Messiaen
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Florestan on October 04, 2016, 02:36:50 AM
In chronological order

Bach
D. Scarlatti
Vivaldi
Haydn
Boccherini
Mozart
Beethoven
von Weber
Schubert
Berlioz
Mendelssohn
Schumann
Chopin
Liszt
Brahms
Tchaikovsky
Dvorak
Mahler
Debussy
Rachmaninoff
Ravel
Medtner
Enescu
Bartok
Villa-Lobos
Prokofiev
Shostakovich

That´s 27 but really couldn´t decide which one to exclude --- actually, I could have added at least 25 more.  :D








Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Madiel on October 04, 2016, 03:02:23 AM
Meh. Somewhere on one of these threads I've got a list of 17. I could probably scrounge around and add another 8...
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: nathanb on October 04, 2016, 05:59:09 AM
I can't argue with any of this, apart from maybe the deletion of Perotin, you know me really well!!!!! :o

Perotin was another victim of the "Quantity Of Quality" metric, unfortunately.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: vandermolen on October 04, 2016, 11:36:48 AM
An attempt here, in no particular order. Omissions are tough though! :-\

LvB
WAM
PIT
Felix
Schubert

DSCH
Rachmaninov
Glass
Rautavaara
Sibelius

Mahler
Bruckner
Brahms
RVW
Dvorak

Bach
Schumann
Liszt
Smetana
Fauré

Prokofiev
Schnittke
Adams
Reich
Messiaen

BBC Music Magazine has as their freebie CD this month 'Desert Music' by Reich and 'Shaker Loops' by Adams which I greatly enjoyed earlier today.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: kishnevi on October 04, 2016, 12:07:23 PM
What Ligetinwould you recommend? He's a composer whom I would like to explore further. I only really know 'Atmospheres' and 'Lux Aeterna' from '2001: A Space Odyssey' and have his Violin Concerto on Chandos.

Not sure what would work for you.  I had an easier time with his solo piano and chamber music than with his larger scale work, and liked the DG box more than the competing Warner box.

BTW, in a true brain fart, I forgot to include Haydn in my list.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: vandermolen on October 05, 2016, 02:56:39 AM
Not sure what would work for you.  I had an easier time with his solo piano and chamber music than with his larger scale work, and liked the DG box more than the competing Warner box.

BTW, in a true brain fart, I forgot to include Haydn in my list.

Many thanks.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: San Antone on October 05, 2016, 03:00:33 AM
I probably posted a list back when this thread was new, but my listening has changed this year, so here's my current list, roughly chronologically, of the composers I have been listening to more than others - but it doesn't amount to 25.

Machaut
Dufay
Ockeghem
Josquin des Prez
Gesualdo
Beethoven
Schubert
Schumann
Liszt
Brahms
Faure
Debussy
Mahler
Schoenberg
Berg
Ives
Ravel
Stravinsky
Poulenc
Durufle
Shostakovich
M. Weinberg
K. Meyer

 ;)

Can't believe I forgot my two "most favorite":  Morton Feldman and John Cage.  So, I made it to 25 after all.

 ;)
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Madiel on October 05, 2016, 03:50:42 AM
Nope. Can't do it. I just had a look at how many composers I thought I had a decent-sized collection of, and I didn't reach 25 names.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Florestan on October 05, 2016, 03:59:42 AM
Nope. Can't do it. I just had a look at how many composers I thought I had a decent-sized collection of, and I didn't reach 25 names.

Doesn´t matter, post them anyway, it´s just for fun. :)
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on October 05, 2016, 04:15:57 AM
BBC Music Magazine has as their freebie CD this month 'Desert Music' by Reich and 'Shaker Loops' by Adams which I greatly enjoyed earlier today.

Both of them perhaps the best each composer has done IMO.  Though (forgive me if I make myself at all tiresome on this point) I greatly prefer the sextet version of the Loops.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: vandermolen on October 05, 2016, 04:31:58 AM
Both of them perhaps the best each composer has done IMO.  Though (forgive me if I make myself at all tiresome on this point) I greatly prefer the sextet version of the Loops.
I agree with you Karl. I'll look out for the sextet version.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Madiel on October 05, 2016, 04:32:41 AM
Doesn´t matter, post them anyway, it´s just for fun. :)

Nah, I'll stick with my previous list of 17 names.

There's a long list of composers I think about expanding my collection for, and that might start happening a bit more with the next shopping expedition. But really, I have this tendency to want to explore in more depth those composers I'm already interested in.

One thing I've noticed is that I sometimes seem to hit veins of music that even GMG'ers aren't very familiar with. While everyone is talking about the orchestral music of this or that composer I know nothing about, I mention some piece of Beethoven's early chamber music for a relatively novel combination of instruments and get greeted with silence.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Florestan on October 05, 2016, 04:51:44 AM
I mention some piece of Beethoven's early chamber music for a relatively novel combination of instruments and get greeted with silence.

I must have missed that. What was it again?
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Madiel on October 05, 2016, 04:57:23 AM
I must have missed that. What was it again?

Oh, I don't mean recently. When I've talked about the string trios, or the op.25 Serenade. At some point I asked about the works for piano duet (which I haven't heard, but want) and there wasn't a big reaction.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Brian on October 05, 2016, 06:41:03 AM
These deliberately eccentric new performances by Mustonen:

(http://cdn.naxosmusiclibrary.com/sharedfiles/images/cds/hires/ODE1244-2.jpg)

Very staccato, very resistant to traditional far-sighted phrasing, with plenty of power but a lighter, flintier, more percussive kind. Will appeal to Bartók enthusiasts, maybe. I'm not sure if I like or recommend it, except to people who think they've heard every possible Prokofiev concerto interpretation and want to discover something totally different.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Mirror Image on October 05, 2016, 06:42:16 AM
These deliberately eccentric new performances by Mustonen:

(http://cdn.naxosmusiclibrary.com/sharedfiles/images/cds/hires/ODE1244-2.jpg)

Very staccato, very resistant to traditional far-sighted phrasing, with plenty of power but a lighter, flintier, more percussive kind. Will appeal to Bartók enthusiasts, maybe. I'm not sure if I like or recommend it, except to people who think they've heard every possible Prokofiev concerto interpretation and want to discover something totally different.

Wrong thread, Brian. :)
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Reckoner on October 05, 2016, 08:23:14 AM
BBC Music Magazine has as their freebie CD this month 'Desert Music' by Reich and 'Shaker Loops' by Adams which I greatly enjoyed earlier today.

Nice one - I hadn't checked out this month's mag. Both of those works are solid.  8)

A few personal favourites:

Adams
Nixon in China (Act I, mainly)
Doctor Atomic (aria, "Batter my heart")
Harmonielehre
Naive and Sentimental Music
Christian Zeal and Activity
Dharma at Big Sur
Absolute Jest (first movement)
Grand Pianola Music

Reich
Music for 18 Musicians
Different Trains
Proverb
Nagoya Marimbas
City Life
Triple Quartet
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: vandermolen on October 05, 2016, 11:29:31 PM
Nice one - I hadn't checked out this month's mag. Both of those works are solid.  8)

A few personal favourites:

Adams
Nixon in China (Act I, mainly)
Doctor Atomic (aria, "Batter my heart")
Harmonielehre
Naive and Sentimental Music
Christian Zeal and Activity
Dharma at Big Sur
Absolute Jest (first movement)
Grand Pianola Music

Reich
Music for 18 Musicians
Different Trains
Proverb
Nagoya Marimbas
City Life
Triple Quartet
Thanks for that. I have 'Different Trains' which I like very much and will look out for those I don't know.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Ken B on October 05, 2016, 11:53:12 PM
Nice one - I hadn't checked out this month's mag. Both of those works are solid.  8)

A few personal favourites:

Adams
Nixon in China (Act I, mainly)
Doctor Atomic (aria, "Batter my heart")
Harmonielehre
Naive and Sentimental Music
Christian Zeal and Activity
Dharma at Big Sur
Absolute Jest (first movement)
Grand Pianola Music


That covers most of my favorite Adams too. Can't say I like Atomic though. Better when he was younger.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Gaspard de la nuit on October 28, 2016, 10:00:27 AM
Vaguely in order:

Olivier Messiaen
Béla Bartók
Witold Lutosławski
Maurice Ravel
György Ligeti
Alban Berg
Sofia Gubaidulina
Leoš Janáček
Igor Stravinsky
Jean Sibelius
Henri Dutilleux
Sergei Prokofiev
Kaija Saariaho
Benjamin Britten
Heitor Villa-Lobos
Ferruccio Busoni
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Alberto Ginastera
Claude Debussy
Gustav Mahler
György Kurtág
Luciano Berio
Paul Hindemith
Grażyna Bacewicz
Hans Werner Henze

Though, the second half could look radically different in just a few days.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: San Antone on December 17, 2018, 12:48:49 PM
Not in order of preference

1.   Alban Berg
2.   Anton Webern
3.   Arnold Schoenberg
4.   Claude Debussy
5.   Elliott Carter
6.   Francis Poulenc
7.   Gabriel Faure
8.   Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
9.   Guillaume de Machaut
10.   Guillaume Dufay
11.   Igor Stravinsky
12.   Johann Sebastian Bach
13.   Johannes Brahms
14.   Johannes Ockeghem
15.   John Cage
16.   Josquin Des Prez
17.   Karlheinz Stockhausen
18.   Krzysztof Meyer
19.   Maurice Durufle
20.   Morton Feldman
21.   Mieczyslaw Weinberg
22.   Olivier Messiaen
23.   Othmar Schoeck
24.   Pierre Boulez
25.   Tomas Luis de Victoria

Honorable mentions: Dmitri Shostakovich, Ernest Bloch, Hildegard von Bingen
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Maestro267 on December 18, 2018, 03:41:48 AM
OK...in the order I think of them

1. Mahler
2. Tchaikovsky
3. Brian
4. Lloyd
5. Elgar
6. Penderecki
7. Bliss
8. Alwyn
9. Britten
10. Schnittke
11. Bax
12. Prokofiev
13. Shostakovich
14. Messiaen
15. MacMillan
16. Villa-Lobos
17. Ginastera
18. Bantock
19. Mathias
20. Holst
21. Berlioz
22. Corigliano
23. Ravel
24. Daugherty
25. Arnold
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: amw on December 18, 2018, 04:37:22 AM
I have a list of "most important composers to me" (quoted) but figured I should try making a list of the 25 I love the most, which is slightly different.


  • Beethoven
  • Schumann
  • Schubert
  • Brahms
  • Bartók
  • Bach
  • Mozart
  • Haydn
  • Chopin
  • Dvořák
  • Cage
  • Debussy
  • Stravinsky
  • Ligeti
  • Holliger
  • Sciarrino
  • Barrett (R)
  • Finnissy
  • Webern
  • Stockhausen
  • Martinů
  • Ferneyhough Machaut
  • Fauré
  • Grisey
  • Feldman Nono
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: SymphonicAddict on December 19, 2018, 12:54:49 PM
In no order:

Shostakovich
Brahms
Dvorak
Tchaikovsky
Martinu
Vaughan Williams
Janacek
Nielsen
Langgaard
Puccini
Saint-Saens
Sibelius
Tubin
Schnittke
Beethoven
Respighi
Strauss
Mahler
Ravel
Atterberg
Lutoslawski
Prokofiev
Villa-Lobos
Schubert
Bruckner
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: kyjo on December 23, 2018, 04:02:36 PM
In some sort of order:

Sibelius
Atterberg
Rachmaninov
Dvořák
Shostakovich

Brahms
Mahler
Ravel
Vaughan Williams
Braga Santos

Prokofiev
Saint-Saëns
Arnold
Nielsen
Barber

Elgar
Schubert
Martinů
Hanson
Poulenc

Respighi
Ginastera
Bruckner
Grieg
Janáček
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Christo on December 23, 2018, 04:23:27 PM
In some sort of order:
Dvořák
Shostakovich
Mahler
Ravel
Vaughan Williams
Braga Santos
Saint-Saëns
Arnold
Nielsen
Barber
Martinů
Respighi
Ginastera
Bruckner
Grieg
Janáček
In no order:
Shostakovich
Dvorak
Tchaikovsky
Martinu
Vaughan Williams
Janacek
Nielsen
Saint-Saens
Tubin
Beethoven
Respighi
Mahler
Ravel
Prokofiev
Villa-Lobos
Bruckner
The ones that I absolutely share, plus at least some other names, like:

Bartók   
Berkeley
Brian
Debussy
Falla
Gershwin
Guarnieri
Holmboe
Holst
Honegger
Kinsella
Kodály
Pärt
Pierné
Stravinsky
Vasks
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: SymphonicAddict on December 23, 2018, 05:14:33 PM
The ones that I absolutely share, plus at least some other names, like:

Bartók   
Berkeley
Brian
Debussy
Falla
Gershwin
Guarnieri
Holmboe
Holst
Honegger
Kinsella
Kodály
Pärt
Pierné
Stravinsky
Vasks


In some sort of order:

Sibelius
Atterberg
Rachmaninov
Dvořák
Shostakovich

Brahms
Mahler
Ravel
Vaughan Williams
Braga Santos

Prokofiev
Saint-Saëns
Arnold
Nielsen
Barber

Elgar
Schubert
Martinů
Hanson
Poulenc

Respighi
Ginastera
Bruckner
Grieg
Janáček

I could/should have included those highlights, but just 25 is unfair!
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: musicrom on December 25, 2018, 06:55:04 PM
I keep track of my Pandora and Spotify likes, and based on that, here are my top 25:

1.   Ludwig van Beethoven
2.   Jean Sibelius
3.   Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
4.   Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
5.   Antonín Dvořák
6.   Frederic Chopin
7.   Sergei Prokofiev
8.   Felix Mendelssohn
9.   Dmitri Shostakovich
10.   Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
11.   Johann Sebastian Bach
12.   Camille Saint-Saëns
13.   Bedřich Smetana
14.   Sergei Rachmaninoff
15.   Gustav Mahler
16.   Edward Elgar
17.   Igor Stravinsky
18.   Johannes Brahms
19.   Franz Schubert
20.   Max Bruch
21.   Gioachino Rossini
22.   Mikhail Glinka
23.   Robert Schumann
24.   Alexander Glazunov
25.   Niccolo Paganini

I don't know that this is the list I would have come up with myself, but it's much easier to do it this way, haha.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: vandermolen on December 28, 2018, 02:22:52 PM
New Year List:

Vaughan Williams
Shostakovich
Walton
Miaskovsky
Popov
Tubin
Rosenberg
Braga Santos
Alwyn
Bax
Arnell
Bate
Glazunov
Ivanovs
Rootham
Diamond
Sibelius
Bliss
Honegger
Tournemire
Pettersson
Rawsthorne
Madetoja
Havergal Brian
Copland
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Florestan on December 29, 2018, 10:24:06 AM
In chronological order

Bach
D. Scarlatti
Vivaldi
Haydn
Boccherini
Mozart
Beethoven
von Weber
Schubert
Berlioz
Mendelssohn
Schumann
Chopin
Liszt
Brahms
Tchaikovsky
Dvorak
Mahler
Debussy
Rachmaninoff
Ravel
Medtner
Enescu
Bartok
Villa-Lobos
Prokofiev
Shostakovich

That´s 27 but really couldn´t decide which one to exclude --- actually, I could have added at least 25 more.  :D

Two years later: here is my Top 25 non-Austrian & non-German, in batches of five (more or less):

Vivaldi
D. Scarlatti
Boccherini
Clementi
Paganini

Chopin
Tellefsen
Saint-Saens
Vieuxtemps
Faure
Debussy

Tchaikovsky
Rachmaninoff
Arensky
Liadov
Medtner
Bortkiewicz
Moszkowski

Field
Ireland
Bax
Moeran
Bowen
Cyril Scott

Grieg
Dvorak
Sibelius
Granados
Albeniz


 8)













Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: André on December 29, 2018, 01:40:04 PM
Bach
Haydn
Mozart
Beethoven
Schubert
Wagner
Bruckner
Brahms
Mahler
Reger

Berlioz
Gouvy
Honegger
Schmitt
Koechlin

Sibelius
Pettersson
Dvorak
Janacek
Tchaikovsky

Verdi
Puccini
Elgar
Vaughan Williams
Arnold

A top 25 list is perforce quite conventional and reveals very little. It’s the 26-50 ranking that stimulates the mind and forces to make hard choices  8).
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Christo on December 29, 2018, 01:55:19 PM
(eyes closed:)

Arnold
Barber
Bartók
Bate
Braga Santos
Brian
Debussy
Falla
Guarnieri
Holmboe
Holst
Honegger
Janáček
Kinsella
Kodály
Nielsen
Pärt
Pierné
Ravel
Respighi
Saint-Saëns
Stravinsky
Tournemire
Tubin
Vaughan Williams
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Florestan on December 30, 2018, 12:45:19 AM
A top 25 list is perforce quite conventional and reveals very little. It’s the 26-50 ranking that stimulates the mind and forces to make hard choices  8).

Agreed 100%.  :)
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Jo498 on December 30, 2018, 01:16:27 AM
I'd say that Reger, Gouvy, Schmitt, Koechlin, Petterson and Arnold in the top 25 is not very conventional. I don't dare any suggestions what it might reveal personally...
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Madiel on December 30, 2018, 04:12:02 AM
A top 25 list is perforce quite conventional and reveals very little. It’s the 26-50 ranking that stimulates the mind and forces to make hard choices  8).

It doesn't matter what quota we put on any of these lists, someone talks about why they can't stick to the quota.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Florestan on December 30, 2018, 06:59:37 AM
It doesn't matter what quota we put on any of these lists, someone talks about why they can't stick to the quota.

Imo, much more revelatory than a list of favorite composers is a list of favorite periods. For me, that would be Romanticism, Classical and Baroque, in order (allowing for the vagueness and ex post facto definition in each case).
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Biffo on December 30, 2018, 08:15:19 AM
In no particular order -

Bach, JS
Mozart
Beethoven
Schubert
Wagner

Bruckner
Haydn
Brahms
Mahler
Berlioz

Monteverdi
Schutz
Purcell
Tallis
Handel

Sibelius
Nielsen
Dvorak
Janacek
Martinu

Verdi
Elgar
Vaughan Williams
Tchaikovsky
Richard Strauss

Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Florestan on December 30, 2018, 08:19:54 AM
In no particular order -

Bach, JS
Mozart
Beethoven
Schubert
Wagner

Bruckner
Haydn
Brahms
Mahler
Berlioz

Monteverdi
Schutz
Purcell
Tallis
Handel

Sibelius
Nielsen
Dvorak
Janacek
Martinu

Verdi
Elgar
Vaughan Williams
Tchaikovsky
Richard Strauss

So overall, you're mainly into Romanticism, 15 out of 25.  :)
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Biffo on December 30, 2018, 09:07:09 AM
So overall, you're mainly into Romanticism, 15 out of 25.  :)

The list reflects the composers best represented in my collection but I also have a fair amount of renaissance and baroque music - Vivaldi almost made it to the list but I haven't been listening to him for a while. I have quite a large collection of British music but RVW, Elgar and Purcell stand out. I also like French music but again Berlioz is the only French composer I would consider for my top 25 - Ravel and Faure would probably make it into 26 - 50. I have a fair amount of 20th century music but most of that is from the first half (roughly) of the century. A few years ago Shostakovich would have made the list but my interest has waned recently - no idea why.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Jo498 on December 30, 2018, 09:08:15 AM
A top 25 list is perforce quite conventional and reveals very little. It’s the 26-50 ranking that stimulates the mind and forces to make hard choices  8).
I beg to differ. If I make such listings they are very conventional up to about 15 but seem to become rather arbitrary already around 20 and I could not be bothered to seriously try 26-50. Beyond 30 I would rarely have a strongly held opinion at all if a certain composer should be 35 or rather 50.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: André on December 30, 2018, 01:52:05 PM
I beg to differ.If I make such listings they are very conventional up to about 15 but seem to become rather arbitrary already around 20 and I could not be bothered to seriously try 26-50. Beyond 30 I would rarely have a strongly held opinion at all if a certain composer should be 35 or rather 50.

Be my guest ! This is what a forum is made for  :).
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Madiel on December 30, 2018, 04:23:35 PM
Imo, much more revelatory than a list of favorite composers is a list of favorite periods. For me, that would be Romanticism, Classical and Baroque, in order (allowing for the vagueness and ex post facto definition in each case).

Well, I partially agree, in that the thing I find most interesting about these lists is the degree to which the composers are widely spread in time or tightly bound together. Some people's lists cover several centuries, others have a big cluster of composers from only a generation or two.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Florestan on December 31, 2018, 12:18:33 AM
Well, I partially agree, in that the thing I find most interesting about these lists is the degree to which the composers are widely spread in time or tightly bound together. Some people's lists cover several centuries, others have a big cluster of composers from only a generation or two.

Yes, that's what I meant.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Symphonic Addict on July 31, 2021, 05:59:03 PM
In some order:

Beethoven
Nielsen
Brahms
Shostakovich
Dvorak

Sibelius
Vaughan Williams
Janacek
Martinu
Prokofiev

Arnold
Strauss
Langgaard
Saint-Saëns
Respighi

Alwyn
Bax
Holmboe
Hindemith
Schubert

Mahler
Bruckner
Tchaikovsky
Poulenc
Casella
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Mirror Image on July 31, 2021, 06:19:54 PM
OMG...let’s see if I can make a list...

The top five are in order, but the rest gets a bit hazy after those, but here’s my list:

Debussy
Mahler
Strauss
Bartók
Ravel

Sibelius
Shostakovich
Martinů
Stravinsky
Dvořák

Berlioz
Vaughan Williams
Tchaikovsky
Prokofiev
Nielsen

Villa-Lobos
Schoenberg
Berg
Janáček
Schnittke

Korngold
Glazunov
Lutosławski
Poulenc
Enescu


Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Madiel on July 31, 2021, 06:54:57 PM
Ah, this is back...

This time, I'm just going to list the 23 composers for whom I have enough works recordings that they got their own page in the spreadsheet...

Are these all my favourites? I don't know, but they must have been sufficiently interesting to me that I acquired a reasonable number of discs (though this does slightly favour composers who wrote small works, you get more of them per disc).

Bach
Barber
Beethoven
Brahms
Bridge
Chopin
Debussy
Dvorak
Faure
Haydn
Holmboe
Mahler
Mozart
Nielsen
Pejacevic
Poulenc
Ravel
Schubert
Schumann
Scriabin
Shostakovich
Sibelius
Vivaldi
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: kyjo on August 02, 2021, 06:33:23 AM
It’s been a few years since I’ve made a list, so here goes! ;)

Dvořák
Sibelius
Atterberg
Rachmaninoff
Prokofiev

Poulenc
Saint-Saëns
Lloyd
Vaughan Williams
Nielsen

Brahms
Casella
Mendelssohn
Braga Santos
Barber

Respighi
Andreae
Beethoven
Arnold
Damase

Bax
Janáček
Elgar
Kabalevsky
Suk
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on August 02, 2021, 09:46:07 AM
Building on this:

10 is cruelly Procrustean, but, today:

JSB
Bartók
Chopin
Haydn
Hindemith
Nielsen
Shostakovich
Sibelius
Stravinsky
Weinberg


This is an old thread, and I've probably posted before. I should guess that Weinberg is a recent addition.
I do hate to have left Prokofiev out....

JSB
Bartók
Brahms
Britten
Bruckner
Chopin
F. Couperin
Dvořák
Hartmann
Haydn
Hindemith
Holmboe
Janáček
Liszt
Monteverdi
Mozart
Nielsen
Prokofiev
Rakhmaninov
D. Scarlatti
Schoenberg
Shostakovich
Sibelius
Stravinsky
Tchaikovsky

Vaughan Williams
Vivaldi
Weinberg


Looks like 28, but I'm leaving it ....
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Mirror Image on August 02, 2021, 09:53:22 AM
It’s been a few years since I’ve made a list, so here goes! ;)

Dvořák
Sibelius
Atterberg
Rachmaninoff
Prokofiev

Poulenc
Saint-Saëns
Lloyd
Vaughan Williams
Nielsen

Brahms
Casella
Mendelssohn
Braga Santos
Barber

Respighi
Andreae
Beethoven
Arnold
Damase

Bax
Janáček
Elgar
Kabalevsky
Suk

Surprised not to see Shostakovich on your list, Kyle.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: kyjo on August 02, 2021, 06:51:17 PM
Surprised not to see Shostakovich on your list, Kyle.

Truth is, I don't really listen to Shostakovich's music nearly as often as I used to. Of course, I don't doubt that he's a great composer, but his often angst-ridden style isn't something I really gravitate towards these days. The same applies to my relationship with Mahler's music.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Mirror Image on August 02, 2021, 07:02:54 PM
Truth is, I don't really listen to Shostakovich's music nearly as often as I used to. Of course, I don't doubt that he's a great composer, but his often angst-ridden style isn't something I really gravitate towards these days. The same goes with my relationship with Mahler's music.

I can certainly understand this and I sympathize with it. I seem to be heading in the opposite direction as you. I’ve only really come around to Mahler or Shostakovich in the past 5-6 years. Their music scratches a particular itch and I find them hugely satisfying. What’s interesting is I can barely make through a Pettersson symphony (with the bold exception of the 6th, 7th and 8th symphonies) and yet I can listen to Shostakovich or even Schnittke with no problems. :-\ I guess it is perhaps because they have a certain aesthetic that I find alluring. But I will also say that there is some heartbreakingly gorgeous music in Shostakovich and Mahler. For me, how could anything match the beauty of say Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen from Mahler's song cycle Rückert-Lieder for example. Damn, now I want to listen to this work! ;D
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: amw on August 03, 2021, 01:57:57 AM
Honestly I don't have any serious arguments with either of my old lists. Maybe one minor change but it's debatable.
...
by order of preference
___________
by importance to my life/history/personal development etc
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on August 03, 2021, 05:25:59 AM
Well, 25 is more reasonable!  :)

In addition to my 10 here (which I had posted in the other thread):

Vaughan Williams
Sibelius
Janacek
Bartok
Kodaly
Mozart
Dvorak
Shostakovich
Chopin
Debussy

Ravel
Bach
Martinu
Rachmaninov
Tchaikovsky
Schubert
Schumann
Grieg
Handel
Beethoven
Haydn
Brahms
Fauré

Last two...Not certain who I would pick for those.  :-\

Note:  I wasn't thinking about opera and/or vocal music here for the most part--with the exception of Handel who just jumped in there on his own!  :D  Others from my list would work too.  As another aside, *I love works for piano and cello so that figured in strongly though, again, I like other works by some of the composers too; for example, I love Shostakovich's Cello Suite No. 2, his Cello Concerto No. 1 but also love his Symphony No. 5.  Love a number of works for solo piano and also piano concertos (Grieg as an example for both of these).

*Edit:  And how could I forget to mention works for violin!

PD

Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: foxandpeng on August 21, 2021, 06:49:35 AM
Order in which they occurred to me and based largely on what I am currently playing, more than anything else. I guess if I am playing them most, I broadly am enjoying them most. I've filtered out those I am playing a lot, but who probably haven't earned enough of a place in my affections yet to displace these. I'm thinking of folk like W Schuman, Kernis, Barber, Aho, Lloyd, Kallstenius, Nørgård, Bræin, Glass, Rehnqvist ...I know I'm missing lots of big guns, and lots with whom I should be familiar, but I'm not. Where is Mahler? I need to revisit him, clearly. It also strikes me how 'symphony heavy' my listening is. Anyway, idiosyncratic as it may be, here are mine atm.

Arnold
Tubin
Holmboe
Diamond
Hovhaness
Bax
RVW
Vasks
Shostakovich
Pettersson
Rautavaara
Beethoven
Pavlova
Rubbra
Nielsen
Sibelius
Prokofiev
Glazunov
Kancheli
Hanson
Bruckner
Tippett
Hindemith
Rosenberg
Kalnins
Sallinen (26)

It also interests how few have Havergal Brian in their top 25, despite his seeming popularity and the length of listing in his thread. Why is that?

Edit: 21 August, 17.05
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: vers la flamme on August 21, 2021, 11:04:04 AM


It also interests how few have Havergal Brian in their top 25, despite his seeming popularity and the length of listing in his thread. Why is that?

Edit: 21 August, 17.05

That would be because 90% of the posts in the massive Brian thread come from 2 or 3 people, and as one of them once told me when I was new to GMG, "we repeat ourselves a lot". Regardless, it's an impressive thread, of "Gothic" proportions.

Hmm, let me try this... no particular order:

Maurice Ravel
Robert Schumann
Ludwig van Beethoven
Franz Schubert
Johannes Brahms
Johann Sebastian Bach
Anton Webern
Anton Bruckner
Gustav Mahler
Erik Satie
Alexander Scriabin
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Arvo Pärt
Pierre Boulez
Morton Feldman
Frédéric Chopin
Claude Debussy
George Frideric Handel
Joseph Haydn
Sergei Rachmaninov
Max Reger
Camille Saint-Saëns
Alfred Schnittke
Arnold Schoenberg
Jean Sibelius

Subject to change as I get older and wiser, or otherwise...
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: kyjo on August 21, 2021, 02:14:06 PM
Arnold
Tubin
Holmboe
Diamond
Hovhaness
Bax
RVW
Vasks
Shostakovich
Pettersson
Rautavaara
Beethoven
Pavlova
Rubbra
Nielsen
Sibelius
Prokofiev
Glazunov
Kancheli
Hanson
Bruckner
Tippett
Hindemith
Rosenberg
Kalnins
Sallinen (26)

Wow…your tastes are frighteningly similar to vandermolen’s!! Except for the fact that Myaskovsky is absent from your list, of course. :D
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Symphonic Addict on August 21, 2021, 02:16:27 PM
Wow…your tastes are frighteningly similar to vandermolen’s!! Except for the fact that Myaskovsky is absent from your list, of course. :D

And yours, too! Be honest.  ;)
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: kyjo on August 21, 2021, 02:24:03 PM
And yours, too! Be honest.  ;)

True…but the main difference is that you and I are generally more fond of composers from the Romantic era (e.g. Brahms, Dvorak, Saint-Saëns, Mendelssohn, Schubert) than vandermolen and foxandpeng. ;)
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Symphonic Addict on August 21, 2021, 02:32:24 PM
True…but the main difference is that you and I are generally more fond of composers from the Romantic era (e.g. Brahms, Dvorak, Saint-Saëns, Mendelssohn, Schubert) than vandermolen and foxandpeng. ;)

Well said, my friend!  0:)
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: foxandpeng on August 22, 2021, 12:43:26 AM
Wow…your tastes are frighteningly similar to vandermolen’s!! Except for the fact that Myaskovsky is absent from your list, of course. :D

I stand in in esteemed company. But yes, you are quite correct. We have lots of crossover, and I rarely see a post by Vandermolen that I can't relate to!

As for the absence of Miaskovsky, that's only because of lack of familiarity 🙂
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Mirror Image on August 31, 2021, 07:18:00 PM
OMG...let’s see if I can make a list...

The top five are in order, but the rest gets a bit hazy after those, but here’s my list:

Debussy
Mahler
Strauss
Bartók
Ravel

Sibelius
Shostakovich
Martinů
Stravinsky
Dvořák

Berlioz
Vaughan Williams
Tchaikovsky
Prokofiev
Nielsen

Villa-Lobos
Schoenberg
Berg
Janáček
Schnittke

Korngold
Glazunov
Lutosławski
Poulenc
Enescu

I’m going to have to make some additions and subtractions now...

Debussy
Mahler
Strauss
Bartók
Ravel

Sibelius
Shostakovich
Martinů
Stravinsky
Dvořák

Berlioz
Bruckner
Tchaikovsky
Prokofiev
Nielsen

Villa-Lobos
Schoenberg
Berg
Janáček
Schnittke

Penderecki
Wagner
Lutosławski
Szymanowski
Weinberg
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on September 01, 2021, 02:03:20 AM
I’m going to have to make some additions and subtractions now...

Debussy
Mahler
Strauss
Bartók
Ravel

Sibelius
Shostakovich
Martinů
Stravinsky
Dvořák

Berlioz
Bruckner
Tchaikovsky
Prokofiev
Nielsen

Villa-Lobos
Schoenberg
Berg
Janáček
Schnittke

Penderecki
Wagner
Lutosławski
Szymanowski
Weinberg

O.k., I could see adding Martinu, but taking out Vaughan Williams for him?!  ???  I think that you just gave poor Jeffrey a heart attack!  ;)

PD
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Mirror Image on September 01, 2021, 05:35:21 AM
O.k., I could see adding Martinu, but taking out Vaughan Williams for him?!  ???  I think that you just gave poor Jeffrey a heart attack!  ;)

PD

Martinů was on my old list. ;)
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on September 01, 2021, 06:06:20 AM
Martinů was on my old list. ;)
Ah, o.k., yes I see him there now.  So, who did you think was worth replacing Vaughan Williams with?

PD
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Mirror Image on September 01, 2021, 06:17:36 AM
Ah, o.k., yes I see him there now.  So, who did you think was worth replacing Vaughan Williams with?

PD

It wasn’t just Vaughan Williams that I switched out, but several others. :) But now that I think about it, I should put RVW back in...

Okay, so now for another update....

Debussy
Mahler
Strauss
Bartók
Ravel

Sibelius
Shostakovich
Martinů
Stravinsky
Dvořák

Berlioz
Vaughan Williams
Tchaikovsky
Prokofiev
Nielsen

Villa-Lobos
Schoenberg
Berg
Janáček
Schnittke

Penderecki
Wagner
Lutosławski
Szymanowski
Weinberg
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on September 01, 2021, 06:20:40 AM
It wasn’t just Vaughan Williams that I switched out, but several others. :) But now that I think about it, I should put RVW back in...

Okay, so now for another update....

Debussy
Mahler
Strauss
Bartók
Ravel

Sibelius
Shostakovich
Martinů
Stravinsky
Dvořák

Berlioz
Vaughan Williams
Tchaikovsky
Prokofiev
Nielsen

Villa-Lobos
Schoenberg
Berg
Janáček
Schnittke

Penderecki
Wagner
Lutosławski
Szymanowski
Weinberg

"Excuses! Excuses!"  But I'll forgive you....this time. ;)
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: Mirror Image on September 01, 2021, 06:21:16 AM
"Excuses! Excuses!"  But I'll forgive you....this time. ;)

 :P
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: DavidW on September 01, 2021, 07:25:43 AM
Not the same thing but I looked over the music I've been listening to the for the past several months and it looks like my most played composers have been

Bach
Elgar
Schubert
Mozart
Shostakovich

Those are not my top just my top of 2021.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: foxandpeng on November 02, 2021, 06:25:36 AM
Order in which they occurred to me and based largely on what I am currently playing, more than anything else. I guess if I am playing them most, I broadly am enjoying them most. I've filtered out those I am playing a lot, but who probably haven't earned enough of a place in my affections yet to displace these. I'm thinking of folk like W Schuman, Kernis, Barber, Aho, Lloyd, Kallstenius, Nørgård, Bræin, Glass, Rehnqvist ...I know I'm missing lots of big guns, and lots with whom I should be familiar, but I'm not. Where is Mahler? I need to revisit him, clearly. It also strikes me how 'symphony heavy' my listening is. Anyway, idiosyncratic as it may be, here are mine atm.

Arnold
Tubin
Holmboe
Diamond
Hovhaness
Bax
RVW
Vasks
Shostakovich
Pettersson
Rautavaara
Beethoven
Pavlova
Rubbra
Nielsen
Sibelius
Prokofiev
Glazunov
Kancheli
Hanson
Bruckner
Tippett
Hindemith
Rosenberg
Kalnins
Sallinen (26)

It also interests how few have Havergal Brian in their top 25, despite his seeming popularity and the length of listing in his thread. Why is that?

Edit: 21 August, 17.05

I sometimes wonder whether I am the same person from month to month, when I read these lists. I know I listen to a lot of music compared to most people (apart from the members of this august group, amongst whom I am a mere listening minnow and knowledge novice), but my likes and loves shift and change massively.

Anyway, here is the November 2nd version of the truth.

Arnold
Antheil
Bax
Piston
Tabakov
Nørgård
Matthews (David)
Sawyers
Tubin
Holmboe
Diamond
Hovhaness
RVW
Vasks
Shostakovich
Pettersson
Rautavaara
Pavlova
Rubbra
Nielsen
Prokofiev
Kancheli
Hanson
Tippett
Rosenberg
Kalnins (Imants)

Am I allowed to place Elena Ruehr and Peter Maxwell Davies in the hinterland, even though Ruehr makes it just for her SQs and PMD is a great rediscovery that I don't understand, makes little sense to me yet, and I am still only feeling the edges for his music? Does airtime and a compelling desire to revisit make a favourite?

It doesn't really matter.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: kyjo on November 02, 2021, 07:15:20 AM
Arnold
Antheil
Bax
Piston
Tabakov
Nørgård
Matthews (David)
Sawyers
Tubin
Holmboe
Diamond
Hovhaness
RVW
Vasks
Shostakovich
Pettersson
Rautavaara
Pavlova
Rubbra
Nielsen
Prokofiev
Kancheli
Hanson
Tippett
Rosenberg
Kalnins (Imants)

Always encouraging to see someone who has such a great appreciation for the wide variety of fine music written during the 20th and 21st centuries. The 20th century - well, the first 60 or so years of it, anyway - is my “desert island” period of classical music. Though, I certainly wouldn’t want to be without the music of the Classical and Romantic eras!
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: foxandpeng on November 02, 2021, 07:38:46 AM
Always encouraging to see someone who has such a great appreciation for the wide variety of fine music written during the 20th and 21st centuries. The 20th century - well, the first 60 or so years of it, anyway - is my “desert island” period of classical music. Though, I certainly wouldn’t want to be without the music of the Classical and Romantic eras!

I do love it. My entry point to classical music was the same as most people of my generation and social background for whom such music wasn't usual or particularly encouraged ... Mozart, Beethoven, Handel, Vivaldi, and later, Bruckner, Schubert, Dvorak, and their ilk. I guess in the same way that lots of people who read poetry are initially introduced to Romantic era poets before finding that others also exist.

Although these were the gateway for me, it's the last century or so where I find almost all my current listening. Same is probably true of preferred poetry, actually, but less exclusively.
Title: Re: Top 25 Favorite Composers
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on November 02, 2021, 07:39:27 AM
Though, I certainly wouldn’t want to be without the music of the Classical and Romantic eras!

Zero risk of that 8)