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A tentative list of those I'd lay claim to...

Johann Sebastian Bach
Ludwig von Beethoven
Bela Bartók
Igor Stravinsky
Edgard Varese
Erik Satie
Harry Partch
John Adams
Ervo Part
Karlheinz Stockhausen
Terry Riley

There is nothing about any of them, except they're good. Imho! I reserve the right to revise this list at anytime, the ever expanding universe we abide by...

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It's kind of funny, here lately I have come to the conclusion that I don't have favorite composers but more like favorite compositions instead. But on the other hand, I guess you can see my favorites by looking at the list:

10. Schonberg's "A Survivor from Warsaw"
9. Respighi's "Pines of Rome"
8. Elgar's "Nimrod"
7. Tavener's "Song for Athene"
6. Gabrieli's "Omes Gentes"
5. Mahler's "Adagietto" from "Symphony No. 5"
4. Tchaikovsky's "Finale" from "Symphony No. 6"
3. Ives's "The Unanswered Question"
2. Mahler's "Symphony No. 2"
1. Bach's "Partita 2, Chaconne" arranged for orchestra by Stokowsky

I am amazed at your list.

I am shocked by it, actually.

Johann Sebastian Bach
Ludwig von Beethoven
Bela Bartók
Igor Stravinsky
Edgard Varese
Erik Satie
Harry Partch
John Adams
Ervo Part
Karlheinz Stockhausen
Terry Riley

It is EXACTLY THE SAME, as mine.

Except I don't have John Adams or Terry Riley in there, or "Ervo Part."

In their places, I have, respectively, 

Gustaf (or Gustav) Allan Pettersson

and:

Henry Pousseur

and:

Dmitri Shostakovich



Michael Sayers said:

Hi Michael,

That is quite a diverse list [and what about George Antheil?].  I am as happy listening to an hour of Chopin as an hour of Prokofiev, though some persons don't quite get such a disposition!

I thought about appending my own list here.  There is a difficulty though in that there are a number of not very well known composers who scaled the heights in only a handful of works - or sometimes even in just one composition - which makes it difficult for me to exclude them.

Mvh,

Michael


I've heard many of Antheil's works, but while I've liked it, it never inspired me to want to study the music. But I do agree on including composers who were not quite so prolific. One of my favorite compositions is "Suntreader" by Charles Ruggles. He only wrote a dozen or so works, but they are of great craftsmanship.

There are several others that I forgot to include...

George Crumb
Morton Subotnick
Bernard Hermann


Rodney Carlyle Money said:
It's kind of funny, here lately I have come to the conclusion that I don't have favorite composers but more like favorite compositions instead. But on the other hand, I guess you can see my favorites by looking at the list:

10. Schonberg's "A Survivor from Warsaw"
9. Respighi's "Pines of Rome"
8. Elgar's "Nimrod"
7. Tavener's "Song for Athene"
6. Gabrieli's "Omes Gentes"
5. Mahler's "Adagietto" from "Symphony No. 5"
4. Tchaikovsky's "Finale" from "Symphony No. 6"
3. Ives's "The Unanswered Question"
2. Mahler's "Symphony No. 2"
1. Bach's "Partita 2, Chaconne" arranged for orchestra by Stokowsky

Rodney, I agree totally that individual works can be enough. While I wouldn't say I like a lot of his work, "The Planets" by Gustav Holst is one of the works that inspired me early on. I bought a copy of the study score almost 40 years ago, wore it out from studying and transcribing it. I still have it but have had to rebind it...


Ondib Olmnilnlolm said:

I am amazed at your list.

I am shocked by it, actually.

Johann Sebastian Bach
Ludwig von Beethoven
Bela Bartók
Igor Stravinsky
Edgard Varese
Erik Satie
Harry Partch
John Adams
Ervo Part
Karlheinz Stockhausen
Terry Riley

It is EXACTLY THE SAME, as mine.

Except I don't have John Adams or Terry Riley in there, or "Ervo Part."

In their places, I have, respectively, 

Gustaf (or Gustav) Allan Pettersson

and:

Henry Pousseur

and:

Dmitri Shostakovich


While I don't know the work of either Pettersson or Pousseur, I'm looking forward to exploring them. Shostakovich on the other hand is quite familiar. He is a bit daunting for me just in his ability (seeming) to be able to almost improvise his work. The more I listen to his work the more I feel at odds with it, mostly out of a feeling of jealousy in his natural ability at composition.

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