My favorite composers

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
    My favorite composers
    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…


  • 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...
    My favorite composers
    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…


  • 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.
    My favorite composers
    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…
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