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Re: Who's your favourite classical composer?
« Reply #15 on: March 29, 2009, 12:54:40 PM »
Gotta be Bach, but depends how played ...... so often it's just twiddle dee, twiddle dum, twiddle dee, twiddle dum (repeat).

(that's 3rd Brandenberg Concerto, instantly recognisable huh?).

Faves:

Bach D Minor Magnificat (several complete versions on Youtube, none much good though).

Goldberg Variations (played by Glen Gould of course!). There's a free version online via classicat, but a bit dire!

The Coffee Cantata (aha, that WOKE YOU UP!).

So ...... no Wagner fans?

(added) Oh, and Hayden liked to put jokes in his symphonies (having 1st invented the symphony!). Especially The Surprise ......

The siller side of classical music is entertainingly expressed by Victor Borge:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Borge

http://www.archive.org/details/OTRR_Victor_Borge_Collection_Singles

also clips on youtube ......

 
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Re: Who's your favourite classical composer?
« Reply #16 on: March 29, 2009, 10:05:24 PM »
Sergei Prokofiev :D

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Re: Who's your favourite classical composer?
« Reply #17 on: March 31, 2009, 08:16:53 PM »

So ...... no Wagner fans?



Nope.  He goes on and on and on and on and on....

There's a place for it, but I lean toward the concise.

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Re: Who's your favourite classical composer?
« Reply #18 on: April 01, 2009, 05:55:49 PM »
I have to say that it's the Russians, especially Rimsky-Korsakov. I mean, the women's choir in this opera is just too great, and he was partly responsible for it:

http://www.youtube.com/v/t8C8frqCKKg
(And the Kirov... too much greatness in one country)


But I also have to admit that the most beautiful classical music I ever heard was Vivaldi's Spring played by a German quartet of four twentysomething friends busking in Galway.
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Re: Who's your favourite classical composer?
« Reply #19 on: April 02, 2009, 01:44:53 AM »
Never really could get into classical.


Try listening to some more modern composers......like Lygeti or Penderecki or Bartok ~ almost anything used by Stanley Kubrick in films like 'The Shining' :)
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Re: Who's your favourite classical composer?
« Reply #20 on: April 02, 2009, 01:46:29 AM »
Stravinsky FTW!

It's amazing how many modern movie score composers have borrowed or or downright stolen orchestrations and chord combinations from The Rite of Spring. <<COUGH>>John Williams<<COUGH>>.


YES!   I remember the first time I ever listened to The Rite of Spring all the way through, in university......my first reaction was "wait a minute, that's the JAWS theme in there!!"

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Re: Who's your favourite classical composer?
« Reply #21 on: April 02, 2009, 06:21:47 AM »
Paganini

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Re: Who's your favourite classical composer?
« Reply #22 on: April 03, 2009, 01:08:39 PM »
I guess my general favorite is Maurice Ravel, I don't think anybody before or since had such a deep understanding of the piano.
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Re: Who's your favourite classical composer?
« Reply #23 on: April 04, 2009, 01:32:12 PM »
Bach was baroque, but I don't care.  He's great.

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Re: Who's your favourite classical composer?
« Reply #24 on: April 04, 2009, 01:51:09 PM »
First time post, wooo!

I could never really get into the baroque or classical era composers. I appreciate their compositional skills, but their music always seemed to be the cliche of what comes to mind when one thinks of classical music.

My favorite composers would probably be Desprez, Machaut, Ligeti, Feldman, and even current day avant-garde rock composers like Toby Driver and Charlie Looker.


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Re: Who's your favourite classical composer?
« Reply #25 on: April 08, 2009, 01:32:26 AM »
haydn for the piano concertos.
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Re: Who's your favourite classical composer?
« Reply #26 on: April 12, 2009, 07:29:02 AM »
Oh, and I forgot Diego Ortiz. I'm a sucker for 16th century music in general, but he's just the best.

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Re: Who's your favourite classical composer?
« Reply #27 on: April 12, 2009, 03:17:48 PM »
Recently, one of my son's oldest friends was murdered. He was shot down because he bumped a guy's car. They had been friends since 1st grade, so nearly 20 years. After this I was feeling totally disgusted with humanity. Everywhere I looked, I saw the stupidity and brutality of the human race.

A couple weeks later, my wife and I went to the local Symphony concert. The highlight was Beethoven's 3rd Symphony. It has always been my favorite. I listened and let the music carry me away. By the time it was over I was in tears. Listening to that powerful music, I remembered that while the human species has produced a lot of ugliness, we also have produced a great deal of beauty.

It was an amazing healing experience, without a reliance on the supernatural. That has cemented my appreciation for Beethoven.

Sorry about the lengthy post, but I wanted to try to explain my reason.

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Re: Who's your favourite classical composer?
« Reply #28 on: April 13, 2009, 01:12:28 PM »
Recently, one of my son's oldest friends was murdered. He was shot down because he bumped a guy's car. They had been friends since 1st grade, so nearly 20 years. After this I was feeling totally disgusted with humanity. Everywhere I looked, I saw the stupidity and brutality of the human race.

A couple weeks later, my wife and I went to the local Symphony concert. The highlight was Beethoven's 3rd Symphony. It has always been my favorite. I listened and let the music carry me away. By the time it was over I was in tears. Listening to that powerful music, I remembered that while the human species has produced a lot of ugliness, we also have produced a great deal of beauty.

It was an amazing healing experience, without a reliance on the supernatural. That has cemented my appreciation for Beethoven.

Sorry about the lengthy post, but I wanted to try to explain my reason.

Sorry about the lengthy post, but

Not lengthy at all.  Thank you for sharing your experience.

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Re: Who's your favourite classical composer?
« Reply #29 on: April 13, 2009, 07:21:57 PM »
I've gotta give it to Stravinsky (especially for Petrouchka)

but nice to see love for Prokofiev
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