Hello all. I was just wondering whhat your favourite quartet composer is? Mine's Haydn ^_^
Well, I really adore Dvorak (especially for his "American" quartet), Borodin (for his Quartet No. 2) and Mozart ("The Hunt" in particular)
Ginastera, Bartok, or Shostakovich.
Oh yes Shostakovich 8
Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Shostakovich. (Chronological order, not order of preference.)
The late Beethoven Quartets.
Wtf guys? Beethoven is obviously the best ever
Personal taste. I really don't like much composed before 1810 or so, other than Bach, and Bach didn't write any string quartets. (In fact, I actively dislike most of Haydn, Mozart, and the first half of Beethoven's output.)
I used to think the same way Andrew, and one day realized that there is no bad music, only bad performers, and that one can learn to love all types of music, if they make the effort
I never liked Haydn until I saw Calidore play live. Phenomenal performance- go see them if they're in town. They also give amazing master classes.
I have to speak up for Haydn now. He would be my #1 overall.
Again, favorite, not greatest. I respect Haydn for developing the forms that later composers used. I'm just very much a Romanticist, and think even Beethoven was often too restrained.
Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, early Beethoven, Dvorak "American"
Actually my favorite composition, albeit an octet, is Mendelssohn's octet. He has a quartet with many of the octet themes by the octet always send me soaring. Beyond that I don't really have another chamber music piece that commands my attention as much.
Schmidt, A major.
My list shouldn't leave out Wolf, Enescu, Korngold...
I have to say that my favorite quartet composer is not always the same. Mostly it is the composer of the quartet I am working on.
Albrecht, I don’t think Beethoven or Mozart fare much better. Most pre-romantic composers do not get the attention they deserve, hence why most performances of their pieces are so boring, out of style, and a complete disaster.
Andrew, if you think Beethoven is ‘restrained’, you obviously have never heard great performances of his works.
I've heard some of the best orchestras in the world play Beethoven. I've heard the Emerson Quartet play his quartets live on two separate occasions and the Takacs Quartet once.
Just in case anyone is curious, there are graded chamber repertoire lists, and here is a good one:
Andrew, great orchestra does not equal great performance.
Luckily enough, on Friday, the quartet-in-residence at my school will be playing three of my favorite quartets from some of my favorite composers: Haydn "Sunrise," Shostakovich 7, and Beethoven Op. 132.
There are maybe 20 great composers of quartets, I don't think I can pick a favorite. But if you underestimate Haydn, it's your loss.
The only other thing I would add to this thread is to disagree with any notion that Haydn is easy music.
Again: I used to like Haydn, Mozart, and early Beethoven, and don't any more. When I was in college, Beethoven and Mozart were each 20% of my CD collection. But my whole aesthetic philosophy has completely turned from Classicism to Romanticism for a number of reasons, mostly the result of difficult life circumstances that I don't want to get into. Basically I don't have patience for that kind of subtlety any more. (Oh, the other thing that may affect my musical tastes: violin is not and has never been my preferred instrument. I switched from piano to viola after college.)
The viola was Mozart's preferred string instrument. I highly recommend you add yourself to a quartet with your viola and read the Mozart quintets. You'll enjoy that first viola part. And you just may reconsider your attitude towards Mozart.
Shostakovich invented death metal with his 8th string quartet.
Not sure who is my favourite but like Handel, Elena Kats-Chernin and Adam Nieman