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    Hi there,

    I was wondering would anyone be able to name some of the most prolific composers. I know that Telemann is top of the list usually. If you knew somewhere on the web where number of each composer's works was given that would also be great. Who springs to mind?


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    Try the online New Grove Dictionary of music and musicians. It's constantly updated and a very reliable source. You can also go to websites dedicated to specific composers.

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    Didn't Haydn write like 3,000 symphonies?

    Radio announcer: And now, the 2, 459th symphony of Joseph Haydn, the "Jellyfish SYmphony."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tapkaara View Post
    Didn't Haydn write like 3,000 symphonies?

    Radio announcer: And now, the 2, 459th symphony of Joseph Haydn, the "Jellyfish SYmphony."
    Don't forget his 2500 string quartets, 1890 piano sonatas, 484 operas, 6400 songs, 1450 string trios, 101 oratorios, 745, violin concertos, and 326 piano concertos. In fact he wrote so much the publishers couldn't keep with him. They tried to slow him down using sedatives but all to no avail. He kept on spewing them out. Of course, 99% of his stupendous output never saw the light of day in his own lifetime, but was kept for posterity. It provided a ready source of material for other later "composers" (joke) to mine from, more or less at will. In fact, one theory gaining increasing currency in some musicological circles is that there was no need for any new music until about 1943, and it's all Haydn's up to that date (obviously tarted up in minor fashion to suit the current fashions of the day). So, the greatest symphonists were definitely Haydn, Haydn, Haydn, and Haydn. All the rest were mere scoundrels (not even second raters).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Loochazee View Post
    So, the greatest symphonists were definitely Haydn, Haydn, Haydn, and Haydn. All the rest were mere scoundrels (not even second raters).
    No my dear Andy, I believe it's "the rest is silence."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Loochazee View Post
    In fact, one theory gaining increasing currency in some musicological circles is that there was no need for any new music until about 1943, and it's all Haydn's up to that date .
    No, Haydn would never write something as hideous as a Sibelius' symphony.

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    No, Haydn would never write something as hideous as a Sibelius' symphony.
    Je pense que Sibelius a écrit quelques symphonies merveilleux.

    Ich mag besonders Symphonien 2 und 5.

    Haydn escribió millares de sinfonías. Convengo que Haydn era symphonist magnífico, y yo estoy seguro que él mucho quisiera el trabajo de Sibelius.

    Assim eu penso que você está sendo um pouco injusto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdelykleon View Post
    No, Haydn would never write something as hideous as a Sibelius' symphony.
    Sibelius's symphonies are...hideous? What a terribly untrue statement!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Loochazee View Post
    Je pense que Sibelius a écrit quelques symphonies merveilleux.

    Ich mag besonders Symphonien 2 und 5.

    Haydn escribió millares de sinfonías. Convengo que Haydn era symphonist magnífico, y yo estoy seguro que él mucho quisiera el trabajo de Sibelius.

    Assim eu penso que você está sendo um pouco injusto.

    Scusi prego il mio cambiamento della lingua. Spero che capiate.
    Except in portuguese, there are strange and ungrammatical constructions in all languages, online translators don't work quite well, specially if you don't know the language in question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bdelykleon View Post
    No, Haydn would never write something as hideous as a Sibelius' symphony.
    Oh no...Tapkaara's not going to like this statement.

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    For modern day composers i would name Hovhaness as the most prolific (or at least one of the most).

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    I am shocked at the bad comments on the great Sibelius - one of the greatest symphonists. I was looking at Mozart symphonies which including the unnumbered is over 50. Slacker. I heard once that Martinu wrote way too much and as they usually say in these situations - of uneven quality.
    Hovhaness... I have never heard his music. I must check him out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mirror Image View Post
    Oh no...Tapkaara's not going to like this statement.
    Sadly it's true. Haydn was the master.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bach View Post
    Sadly it's true. Haydn was the master.
    There is nothing sad about the truth as it relates to Tapkaara.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mirror Image View Post
    Oh no...Tapkaara's not going to like this statement.
    Je dis ça seulement pour faire rigoler, Sibelius n'a rien de reprochable, même si je n'aime pas de tout ses symphonies, je reconnais qu'il était maître de sa musique et un trés important compositeur du genre.

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