Your top five classical composers

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  1. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

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    why has no one mentioned Satie yet?
    Debussy
    Ravel
    Stravinsky
    Copland


    because for me Satie evokes a mood that belongs with grey, rainy days. On days like that: he's my first choice. On days not like that: I'd rather listen to anything else.
     


  2. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    Beethoven is #1 for me.

    After that, I don't know. Mozart, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Verdi I guess.
     


  3. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

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    ^^ strangely, I love the Brahms concertoes but cannot understand his symphonies.
     


  4. L'Incandescent

    L'Incandescent Senior member

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    Stockhausen
    Boulez
    Cage
    Feldman
    Xenakis

    No particular order, except that Stockhausen is number one.
     


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    Smetana
    Dvorak
    Janacek
    Beethoven
    Jean Michele Jarre
     


  6. wootx

    wootx Senior member

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    Stockhausen Boulez Cage Feldman Xenakis
    Interesting!
     


  7. StephenHero

    StephenHero Black Floridian

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    Cage
    On what level do you highly regard Cage? Is his music important to you independent of its contribution to music theory?
     


  8. L'Incandescent

    L'Incandescent Senior member

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    On what level do you highly regard Cage? Is his music important to you independent of its contribution to music theory?

    I really do enjoy his music on its own terms, and not merely with reference to its role in the history of 20th century music. Of course I don't actually enjoy listening to things like 4'33", which are more like statements than pieces of music. But some of his music really is quite beautiful in a straightforward sense of the term. I'm thinking especially here of Four Walls and the Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano. My favorite Cage piece is Roaratorio, which I listen to pretty frequently.
     


  9. javyn

    javyn Senior member

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    Schubert
    Varese
    Saint-Saens
    Beethoven
    Mozart.

    I like Dvorak too, but I guess he'd come in at no. 6. Not that my taste in classical is that varied, these guys are just the only ones I know.

    I will check out this Mendelssohn though. His mp3s are on sale on Amazon (via the X5 Group). I have about 5 gigs of classical music I got from Amazon for a total of around 12 bucks hitting it up when these compilations go on sale, 99 tracks for 1.99 or 2.49.
     


  10. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff grrrrrrrr!!

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  11. StephenHero

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    I really do enjoy his music on its own terms, and not merely with reference to its role in the history of 20th century music. Of course I don't actually enjoy listening to things like 4'33", which are more like statements than pieces of music. But some of his music really is quite beautiful in a straightforward sense of the term. I'm thinking especially here of Four Walls and the Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano. My favorite Cage piece is Roaratorio, which I listen to pretty frequently.
    I've explored some of his writings/interviews/artworks and still listen to his music for its quirky and atmospheric qualities, but it's almost always when I'm actively working on some project that necessitates a cerebral mood and creative spark related to abstraction. I did a series of drawings inspired by his music back in school. I think it's a very reassuring sound if someone is trying to embrace incompleteness, chance, and deferred creative control in a creative outlet, but I've never thought there was quite enough there to warrant attention for its own entertainment value.
     


  12. Connemara

    Connemara [URL='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jST2Sv63WQ']

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    I've been all about Strauss and Handel as of late.
     


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    A Y Senior member

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    Many of Cage's works were composed as part of an overall show that also included dance (he and Merce Cunningham were life partners or whatever that's called these days). Though the music was often composed entirely with no regard to the dance (and vice-versa) because of their belief in aleatoric (chance-based) processes, I think something is still lost when you separate one from the other. Sort of like watching a dance piece without the music.

    For example, many people find Stravinsky's Agon difficult to listen to and understand, but when you hear it while watching Balanchine's Agon ballet, it suddenly makes a lot of sense.

    --Andre
     


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    I don't even need five. FJH is da bomb
     


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    1. Rachmaninoff
    2. Liszt
    3. Chopin
    4. Tchaikovsky
    5. Medtner

    Yes, I play the piano.
     


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