So I was wondering what your favorite composers/pieces are. I'll start: I like so many, but I'd have to say Tchaikovsky. And a few others in no specific order: Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Mendelssohn, and Paganini. Favorite Violin concerto: Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35. Please comment; I'd like to know! :~)
Do you mean favourite to play (either physically or conceptually to yourself) or favourite to listen to? I've found recently they are not the same. Haydn, for instance, is far higher up the latter list than the former, and I wonder just how much I really like listening to Brahms, as opposed to playing him (including playing or singing in my mind to myself), in which latter context he's pretty well at the top of my list.
anon. - prolific medieval/renaissance tunesmith
Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Vivaldi...
and many others that I forget I'm sure.
Anything that moves and is very active/lively with a beautiful melody. I'll have all of my elder days to listen to quiet music lol (only joking...)!
As something to play, I'd have to say Dvorak and Handel. They say something different and beautiful so efficiently, the end of a bar brings an entirely new theme and there isn't the endless repetition and hammering home of the same themes. Much as I love Mozart, Its a little tedious thinking I'm hearing flute concerto x and realising its the clarinet y / violin z. He was still pretty genius though :)
My favorite composers are Sergei Prokofiev, Gabriel Faure, Francis Poulenc, Shostakovich, Zoltan Kodaly- list goes on.
Anne-Marie: same here. I usually like lively and quick-paced songs. Of course, I do enjoy some occasional slower songs. Well you all have listed some composers I've never heard of. I guess I still have much time to explore the wonderful world of classical music since I'm only still in high school! :)
Also I've heard Sibelius is hardest to play. Anyone have insight/experience on that?
Ditto William, though I would personally replace Shosty with Szymanowski and Kodaly with Bartok.
Prokofiev, Beethoven, Bach, and Piazzolla. Check out the four seasons of buenos aires if you haven't, It is incredible!
Vincent, I think I can play the harmonics in the Sibelius (It's what else is in the outer movements that floors me), but when it comes to the double stopping harmonics in the Paganini No 1 ... and I was told that No 2, the "Witch's Dance" is even more difficult.
Bach! Why has it taken so long to mention Bach?
I agree that there can be a distinction between favourite composers for listening to as opposed to playing. Some of this is pragmatic: I can't play Liszt (wrong instrument, way too advanced), and our orchestra can't play Beethoven (we're too small). For listening, I love the Russian romantics (Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, etc.). Baroque music (especially Handel) was too dry until I started playing it (seeing it from the inside, as it were), at which point it turned into something wondrous.
Bill Kilpatrick likes Anon. Good choice. In addition I like his cousin Trad, who has also written lots of good stuff.
Charlie, if you think Liszt is wrong instrument, just wait till you get to tackle the first violin part of the Faust Symphony - I think that work is his masterpiece and puts him with Brahms, Dvorak, Bruckner, etc.
*sigh* SO MANY CHOICES!!! Britten as recently become one of my favorites. I loooooove Ravel, Hindemith, Brahms (oh my gosh Brahms *melts*), Bach (cello suites!!), Grieg, Bartók,uhhhhhhhhhh.....Mozart!!! Dvorak :))ooh ooh ooh!! Mahler! Okay. Those are my absolute top...1,2,3.....11!!My top 11! These composers make me excited to play music. I am starting to like Haydn more than before, I really couldn't stand him before. And Beethoven is not one of my favorites. I like some of his things, but he isn't my favorite.
Carly-thanks. I might sight-read Sibelius concerto for fun.:) I'm self learning Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35 as of now. Did you play that before?
Favorite composers: Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Haydn, Gluck, Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak, Schuman, Mendelsohn, Brahms,
Oh God, not another one!
So, Oliviu, you only have one favourite composer. You like the sound of the sea roaring, the sound of thunder and the sound of the wind howling, etc., and don't care for any other music, even in the DORIAN mode? Do I read you correctly? But please remember, there's another of His compositions you may not like when you hear it; you know, the one which starts "Depart from me, ye cursed ... "
I like my composers in the order that they seem to be heralded: Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, and Mozart all tied for first, then Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Schubert, and Shostakovich tied for second, then Haydn, Dvorak, Prokofiev, Faure, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Bartok, Copland, Schumann, and Handel, in no particular order.
All these Vivaldi fans: Does NOBODY know the Purcell G minor Sonata, with that glorious third movement? I would rank these two equally as Bach and Handel's greatest predecessors.
If I may, I would like to add one more composer to my list, that of David Del Tredici, who was commissioned to write a work for the St. Louis Symphony-was recorded in 1980 by same orchestra, and if you can get past the first four minutes of painful dissonance I, only my opinion, it is the most technically, emotionally complex work written in 20th century- conductor, Leonard Slatkin-titled" In Memory of a Summer's Day".
Both to play & to listen to - Lully, Handel and O'Carolan. Fabulous!
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