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    Our Top Ten Favorite Composers

    Looking beyond Opera, and including all genres, who are our ten favorite composers?.

    This is my list:

    Johann Sebastian Bach
    Olivier Messiaen
    Benjamin Britten
    Giuseppe Verdi
    Claude Debussy
    Alban Berg
    Salvatore Sciarrino
    Vincenzo Bellini
    Erich Wolfgang Korngold
    Steve Reich

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schigolch View Post
    This is my list:

    Johann Sebastian Bach
    Olivier Messiaen
    Benjamin Britten
    Giuseppe Verdi
    Claude Debussy
    Alban Berg
    Salvatore Sciarrino
    Vincenzo Bellini
    Erich Wolfgang Korngold
    Steve Reich
    YOUR list? And what claims on it do you have? I might just as well write this list myself right now and how do you think you could prove that it's YOUR list, not MINE list? Possession is illusion... the truth is delusion... Return to Forever plays fusion...

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    This is not MY list. It belongs to the world:

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Ludwig van Beethoven
    Richard Wagner
    Giuseppe Verdi
    Johannes Brahms
    Gustav Mahler
    Anton Bruckner
    Richard Strauss
    Sergei Rachmaninov
    Sergei Prokofiev

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne of Green Gables View Post
    YOUR list? And what claims on it do you have? I might just as well write this list myself right now and how do you think you could prove that it's YOUR list, not MINE list? Possession is illusion... the truth is delusion... Return to Forever plays fusion...
    Young geezer Anne, Schigolch meant to say those names are his top ten personal favourites, and the collection of top ten favourites in this thread when we post ours then becomes collectively our top ten favourite.

    Here is my list:-
    John Cage
    Iannis Xennakis
    Karlheinz Stock....ooops wait a minute, my top ten favourite, well OK. Not in any particular order:

    George Frideric Handel
    Johann Sebastian Bach
    Johann Christian Bach
    Franz Joseph Haydn
    Michael Haydn
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Ludvig van Beethoven
    Felix Mendelssohn
    Franz Schubert
    Giuseppe Verdi

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarpsichordConcerto View Post
    Young geezer Anne, Schigolch meant to say those names are his top ten personal favourites, and the collection of top ten favourites in this thread when we post ours then becomes collectively our top ten favourite.

    Here is my list:-
    John Cage
    Iannis Xennakis
    Karlheinz Stock....ooops wait a minute, my top ten favourite, well OK. Not in any particular order:
    Was that a little list you were starting to make?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schigolch View Post
    Looking beyond Opera, and including all genres, who are our ten favorite composers?
    Yikes! That's a difficult proposition. It should be affirmed, though, that "favorite" does not necessarily equate to whom each of considers to be "the best"; rather, those whom we count among our personal favorites.

    Well, in my case (as I am sure it is with most of us who continue to discover composers with whom we were not previously familiar) the list is ever shifting.

    Also, I take it that this list is confined to what is termed "classical" or "art music" (or any of a number of other unsatisfactory variations), excluding "popular music," jazz, etc.

    Off the top of my head I would say (in no particular order):

    Johann Sebastian Bach (a tour of the many places in Thüringen in which Bach resided is highly recommended, followed by Leipzig)
    George Frideric Handel (I also recommend visiting Händel-Haus in Halle)
    Franz Schubert
    Gaetano Donizetti
    Anton Rubinstein
    Hector Berlioz
    Leoš Janáček
    Anton Webern
    Sergei Prokofiev
    Dmitri Shostakovich
    Sofia Gubaidulina

    Ok, eleven... Amfortas reminded me of Prokofiev. From the time that I first heard "Peter and the Wolf" and later was mesmerized by "Alexander Nevsky," my life would have been considerably poorer without Prokofiev.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nervous Gentleman View Post
    Yikes! That's a difficult proposition. It should be affirmed, though, that "favorite" does not necessarily equate to whom each of considers to be "the best"; rather, those whom we count among our personal favorites.

    Well, in my case (as I am sure it is with most of us who continue to discover composers with whom we were not previously familiar) the list is ever shifting.

    Also, I take it that this list is confined to what is termed "classical" or "art music" (or any of a number of other unsatisfactory variations), excluding "popular music," jazz, etc.

    Off the top of my head I would say (in no particular order):

    Johann Sebastian Bach (a tour of the many places in Thüringen in which Bach resided is highly recommended, followed by Leipzig)
    George Frideric Handel (I also recommend visiting Händel-Haus in Halle)
    Franz Schubert
    Gaetano Donizetti
    Anton Rubinstein
    Hector Berlioz
    Leoš Janáček
    Anton Webern
    Dmitri Shostakovich
    Sofia Gubaidulina
    Sofia Gubaidulina - that good, uh? I don't know her pieces, not even introductory level and the segments of a few I have heard were very difficult on my ears. SG is an unusual name mixed in with your top ten list. Which piece(s) might you recommend me to begin with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarpsichordConcerto View Post
    Which piece(s) might you recommend me to begin with?
    Oh, please don't put me in that position. I don't want to recommend something that you may end up hating!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nervous Gentleman View Post
    Oh, please don't put me in that position. I don't want to recommend something that you may end up hating!
    Don't worry. I know Gubaidulina is a modernist composer.

    This was enjoyable.


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    Sofia Gubaidulina is great. She has an incredible fantasy, and an uncanny ability to use the timbre of the different instruments.

    This is one of her more notorious pieces:



    Personally, I've always liked better Galina Ustvolskaya, though:


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    Wagner
    Dvorak
    Bach JS
    Handel
    Rachmaninov
    Puccini
    Schubert
    Schoenberg
    Ravel
    BA Zimmermann

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schigolch View Post
    Sofia Gubaidulina is great. She has an incredible fantasy, and an uncanny ability to use the timbre of the different instruments.

    This is one of her more notorious pieces:
    It sounded alright after the introduction. But no way as notorious/extreme as this piece, which I found totally horrible.


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    Well, the treatment of the String Quartet is one of the great stories (maybe *the* great story) in the development of chamber music from the 18th century to our own days, in my view. I will try to open a thread about it, so we can discuss this fascinating subject. Or maybe other member can do it.

    I find Gubaidulina's piece above quite interesting and an aural challenge. I'm all for extended techniques, and hers are not even among the most extremes. But it's a nice example of how she can manipulate timbres to build the Quartet on the acoustic nature of the sound, rather than in the usual and well-tested tecniques from the past.

    This is the last String Quartet (number six) by Brian Ferneyhough:

    [Link to video deleted by Admin - video no longer available]

    that could be considered as using a "similar" approach, but that with the other five are among the most important canons of String Quartets in classical music.

    Then again, I'm aware many people won't like Gubaidulina's approach (or Ferneyhough's), and will be rather disappointed with the result. But that's fine, as I always say it's impossible that everyone loves everything.
    Last edited by Ann Lander (sospiro); January 10th, 2018 at 07:19 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schigolch View Post
    But that's fine, as I always say it's impossible that everyone loves everything.
    Not so fast there. There's still hope, and all of you can help in the great cause.

    Please contribute your ideas to my new thread, "How Can We Make It So That Everyone Loves Everything?"

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    In particular order:

    Johan Sebastian Bach (He seems to be on almost everyone's list)
    Antonio Vivaldi
    Lovely Lovely Ludwig van (Beethoven)
    Arvo Pärt
    Gioachino Rossini
    Carl Orff
    Gustaf Holst
    Hendryk Gorecki
    George Frideric Händel
    Modest Mussorgsky
    Be wewy wewy quiet. I'm listening to opewa....

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