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    Who are your top 20 favorite classical composers and NOT your top 20 classical composers opinion of who are the most influential. This list is purely subjective and shouldn't be looked at objectively. If you don't have any favorites, then please refrain from posting in this thread.

    Now my top 20 favorite composers of all-time and please note this could change in due time:

    1. Ravel
    2. Berlioz
    3. Bruckner
    4. Mahler
    5. Vaughan Williams
    6. Barber
    7. Debussy
    8. Bartok
    9. Stravinsky
    10. Brahms
    11. Mendelssohn
    12. Delius
    13. Bax
    14. Prokofiev
    15. Langgaard
    16. Nielsen
    17. Dvorak
    18. Sibelius
    19. Shostakovich
    20. Elgar
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    1. Bach
    2. Stravinsky
    3. Ives
    4. Bartňk
    5. Haydn
    6. Palestrina
    7. Brahms
    8. Crumb
    9. Prokofiev
    10. Mahler
    11. Beethoven
    12. R. Strauss
    13. Albéniz
    14. Wagner
    15. Rzewski
    16. Ligeti
    17. Gershwin
    18. Barber
    19. Debussy
    20. Britten
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    In no particular order, subject to change, and restricted to composers whose work I know in enough detail to justify adding them tout court to such a list:

    1. Anton Rubinstein
    2. Anton Bruckner
    3. Richard Strauss
    4. Gustav Mahler
    5. Leos Janacek
    6. Bohuslav Martinu
    7. Richard Wagner
    8. Dmitri Shostakovich
    9. Paul Creston
    10. Abbie Betinis
    11. Ludwig Van Beethoven
    12. Franz Joseph Haydn
    13. Luigi Boccherini
    14. Bernard Herrmann
    15. Lou Harrison
    16. Kalevi Aho
    17. Johannes Brahms
    18. Alban Berg
    19. Ferruccio Busoni
    20. John Adams

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    Quote Originally Posted by LvB View Post
    9. Paul Creston
    I have recently acquired some Paul Creston. I heard he's quite good. It's good to see you like his music.

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    1. Sergei Prokofiev

    Whoooh! That was a surpise, now that's over...

    2. Johann Sebastian Bach
    3. Ludwig Van Beethoven
    4. Maurice Ravel
    5. Gustav Mahler
    6. Heitor Villa-Lobos
    7. Igor Stravinsky
    8. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    9. Sergei Taneyev
    10. William Byrd
    11. Michael Tippett
    12. Robert Schumann
    13. Dmitri Shostakovich
    14. Anton Bruckner
    15. Jean Sibelius
    16. Bela Bartok
    17. Jean-Phillipe Rameau
    18. Lowell Liebermann
    19. Alexander Scriabin
    20. Sofia Gubaidulina

    I am still happily exploring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by airad2 View Post
    Mirror Image, I've never seen you talk about Mendelssohn. I jumped up about three inches out of my seat when his name appeared.
    Oh, I absolutely adore Mendelssohn since the first time I heard him. Beautiful, sunny, uplifting music that I just enjoy immensely. I never talk about him that much, because I guess his name just never had been brought up. Well now you know that I love Mendelssohn. Pieces that made me a Mendelssohn fan: "Symphony No. 3 - Scottish," "Symphony No. 2 - Hymn of Praise," "A Midsummer's Night Dream," all concerti, and overtures.

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    Not in any particular order after then top 10..

    1. Stravinsky
    2. Brahms
    3. Beethoven
    4. Fauré
    5. Debussy
    6. Chopin
    7. Dvorák
    8. Glass (sorry!)
    9. Janácek
    10. Barber
    11. Prokofiev
    12. Bach
    13. Tallis
    14. Ibert
    15. Mozart
    16. Nielsen
    17. Bartók
    18. Smetana
    19. Rachmaninoff
    20. Schubert
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    These are the classical composers I enjoy listening to the most - not exactly in order.

    1. Beethoven
    2. J. S. Bach
    3. Vaughan-Williams
    4. Handel
    5. Shostakovich

    really begins to loose any order from here on

    6. John Dowland
    7. Brahms
    8. Bruckner
    9. Bernard Hermann
    10. Holst
    11. Herbert Howells
    12. Liszt
    13. Monteverdi
    14. Rachmaninov
    15. Ravel
    16. Respighi
    17. Joaquín Rodrigo
    18. D. Scarlatti
    19. Schumann
    20. Telemann (often overlooked

    I suppose I should have worked Mozart in somewhere as I am warming to his music, but still maybe not one of my favorites. I am also upset to leave out Sibelius, but I just don't listen that often. Same with Debussy, Stravinsky, Haydn, and many others.

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    if early music may be included then my top 20 are :

    1. Heinrich Ingaz Franz Biber von Bibern
    2. Jean-Féry Rebel
    3. Johann Heinrich Schmelzer von Ehrenruef
    4. Nicola Matteis
    5. Dietrich Buxtehude
    6. Arcangelo Corelli
    7. Marin Marais
    8. Henry Purcell
    9. de Sainte-Colombe
    10. Walther
    11. Schaffrath
    12. Venturini
    13. Tartini
    14. Galuppi
    15. Corrette
    16. Locatelli
    17. Veracini
    18. Pergolesi
    19. Telemann
    20. Vivaldi
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mirror Image View Post
    You Top 20 Favorite Classical Composers Of All-Time
    NO. I do not Top 20 Favorite Classical Composers Of All-Time!

    (But seriously, folks) I can work with this number more easily than 30, so I thought I'd give it a try!

    1. Wagner
    2. Beethoven
    3. Tchaikovsky
    4. Mahler
    5. Bruckner
    6. R. Strauss
    7. Dvořák
    8. Shostakovich
    9. Puccini
    10. Rachmaninoff
    11. Ravel
    12. Mozart
    13. Berlioz
    14. Gershwin
    15. Debussy
    16. Prokofiev
    17. Verdi
    18. Schubert
    19. Bizet
    20. Rimsky-Korsakov


    I'll forward a by-now common disclaimer and state that everything past the opening Bakers Dozen is subject to change depending upon mood. (In alphabetical order) Borodin, Grieg, Haydn, Sibelius, J. Strauss & Stravinsky were near-misses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by periodinstrumentfan View Post
    if early music may be included then my top 20 are :
    Interesting, but no J. H. Schein, no Heinrich Schutz?

    No Monteverdi?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chi_town/Philly View Post

    (In alphabetical order) Borodin, Grieg, Haydn, Sibelius, J. Strauss & Stravinsky were near-misses.

    The J. Strauss is a surprise. The Blue Danube I loved so much in 2001: a space odyssey notwithstanding, I always considered the waltz craze similar to the disco phase of popular music about 100 years later. A bit cringe worthy. Ragtime has a similar effect on me. I cannot deny the Strauss's were highly skilled composers though.

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    For me, near misses were Liszt, Rachmaninov, Saint-Saens, Bliss, Copland, Hindemith, Poulenc, R. Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Britten, Scriabin, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Borodin.

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    I'll give this a shot, In approximate order, based on how much of their output I have and how much it's been played over the years, I can't include composers I only have a couple of pieces from no matter how much I may love them :

    1) Stravinsky
    2) Prokofiev
    3) Sibelius
    4) Bartok
    5) Orff (NEW ENTRY! Now I know much more than the ubiquitous CB)
    6) Beethoven
    7) Rachmaninov
    8) Bruckner
    9) Dvorak
    10) Mussorgsky
    11) Balakirev
    12) Rimsky-Korsakov
    13) Berlioz
    14) Rossini
    15) Borodin
    16) Holst
    17) Mendelssohn
    18) Respighi
    19) Ravel
    20) Adams

    No place for Mahler since I can't seem to get into ALL his symphonies. No places for composers I've only started getting into in the last few months either (Kilar, Ifukube, Britten, Bantock, Bax, Suk, Vaughan-Williams, Kodaly etc) - though I like them alot they will have to stand the test of time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Weston View Post
    The J. Strauss is a surprise.
    Don't be too surprised!
    Quote Originally Posted by Weston View Post
    Ragtime has a similar effect on me.
    Oh, and by the way, I like Scott Joplin, too!

    I have an insuppressable appreciation for great melodists. It explains much of why I rank Tchaikovsky so high- and also figures in the inclusion of Gershwin on my list, as well!
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