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    Mendelssohn= Competence, Professionalism and pure class. (Enough said, born of a well to do family, you think he would be an incompetent luxuriating snob, but no. He got his hands dirty composing, conducting and promoting. His sexual life was never sordid)
    Bruckner= Humility, studiousness (A guy who was termed the eternal student. He never put off learning even in his 40s)
    Bach = Industriousness and resourcefulness. (Produced high quality works in abundance and had time to teach his sons)
    Haydn= Kindness and Industriousness (a guy who told Beethoven to publish his piano trios under the title Beethoven a student of Haydn, so that they would get more sales, wrote 100
    + symphonies, helped to promote Mozart and even acknowledged Mozart as greater than him)
    Schubert= Humility, perseverance, kindness and industriousness. (With his circumstances of poverty, here is a guy's whose hope was never shaken)

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    Richard Wagner

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    Carlo Gesualdo - all around nice guy.

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    Let's not forget Tikhon Khrennikov:

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/com...cle2288512.ece
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    After seeing interviews with Schoenberg, I think he was quite friendly and humble.

    I don't necessarily think humility is fine personality trait though. Too much of it and you get the mess of Bruckner's symphonies we have today with no definitive versions.

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    Thank you, Aramis

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    Prokofiev... I could go on for a long time about him. And Glazunov! I'll talk about him too, who was almost the complete opposite of Prokofiev. Yet they actually were friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScipioAfricanus View Post
    His sexual life was never sordid
    Circle of rural housewives approves.

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    Hands down, Ignaz Moscheles. But for the famous composers, I agree that Mendelssohn is a good choice.

    Prokofiev from what I've read was a pretty difficult person to be around, but that can also be said about him in a good way I suppose. I think we would have been good rebel pals.
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    Myaskovsky or Shebalin.

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    Dutilleux as well.

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    (maybe not Wagner...)




















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    Quote Originally Posted by Weston View Post

    I don't necessarily think humility is fine personality trait though. Too much of it and you get the mess of Bruckner's symphonies we have today with no definitive versions.
    there's a difference between humility and a lack of self confidence. Bruckner had both. But the fact that Bruckner was studying at age 40 shows that he was humble enough to not believe he had learned everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScipioAfricanus View Post
    Mendelssohn= Competence, Professionalism and pure class. (Enough said, born of a well to do family, you think he would be an incompetent luxuriating snob, but no. He got his hands dirty composing, conducting and promoting. His sexual life was never sordid)
    Bruckner= Humility, studiousness (A guy who was termed the eternal student. He never put off learning even in his 40s)
    Bach = Industriousness and resourcefulness. (Produced high quality works in abundance and had time to teach his sons)
    Haydn= Kindness and Industriousness (a guy who told Beethoven to publish his piano trios under the title Beethoven a student of Haydn, so that they would get more sales, wrote 100
    + symphonies, helped to promote Mozart and even acknowledged Mozart as greater than him)
    Schubert= Humility, perseverance, kindness and industriousness. (With his circumstances of poverty, here is a guy's whose hope was never shaken)
    Pure speculation mixed in with some historical facts while omitting others. It reminds me of the tabloid sections of some trashy newspapers. You need to substantiate a lot of your claims. Competence, professionalism equated with Mendelssohn. Really? Was he the only one who was really just that?

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