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    Default "Composer of the Week" Nominations

    Starting next week, a composer will be featured every week!

    A "sticky" thread will be made about the composer in the "Classical Music Discussion" forum, and will remain "sticky" until the next week and the next composer. The thread will include a biography (and possibly a small - or large - article), pictures, and a list of at least 10 favorite works (and if possible recordings of the works).

    The composers will be selected from a pool of members' nominations. So, reply to this thread and name up to 5 composers you would like to see featured. From this (continuously expanding) list, the staff will every week select 5 names and set up a poll so that members can vote on the composer they would like to see the next week.

    Now, here's an important note: In order for the composer to be included in the list you must be willing to write the biography and select the favorite works for any composer you nominate yourself! However, you may also suggest a composer without being able to write about him/her, but then you must state that, and only if someone steps up and say they are willing to write the biography will the composer be included in the list of nominated from which the 5 will be selected for general vote.

    Every member can only nominate 5 composers in order as to give as many members a chance to participate. If one of a members' nominations get selected for "composer of the week", then he or she may nominate one more. Also a nomination will only last for 3 months at a time (or until the composer is featured), after which the composer will be removed from the list and may be re-nominated by any member (No composer will be removed from the list without having been selected for the poll at least once, though). A composer cannot be nominated again within one year after having been featured as "composer of the week".

    The list will be updated in this post - along with the name of the writer (or writers, if you wish you can cooperate on each composer). The poll (of five composers) will be in a new thread each week. The "composer of the week" will be selected one week ahead, and the poll will start two weeks ahead. So, one week will be given for the poll to run and one week after that to the writer. Please note that it is the responsibility of the writer to post the article on time!

    The writers of the "composer of the week" thread will receive full credit as well as much glory and honor!

    Best regards
    Frederik



    LIST OF NOMINATIONS FOR »TALK CLASSICAL - COMPOSER OF THE WEEK«


    Alkan, Charles-Valentin (1813-1888) by Hexameron
    Barber, Samuel (1910-1981) by vivaciouswagnerian
    Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827) by Topaz
    Chopin, Frederic (1810-1849) by Topaz
    Glass, Philip (*1937) by vivaciouswagnerian
    Henselt, Adolf von (1814-1889) by Hexameron
    Hubay, Jenő (1858-1937) by oisfetz
    Ives, Charles (1911-1951) by vivaciouswagnerian
    Liszt, Franz (1811-1886) by Hexameron
    Lyapunov, Sergey (1859-1924) by oisfetz
    Machover, Tod (*1953) by vivaciouswagnerian
    Mahler, Gustav (1860-1911) by vivaciouswagnerian
    Monk, Meredith (1942- ) by vivaciouswagnerian
    Rubinstein, Anton Grigorevich (1829-1894) by Hexameron
    Sarasate, Pablo de (1844-1908) by oisfetz
    Tan Dun (*1957) by vivaciouswagnerian
    Taneyev, Sergey (1856-1915) by oisfetz
    Thalberg, Sigismond (1812-1871) by Hexameron
    Varèse, Edgar (1883-1965) by vivaciouswagnerian
    Volkmann, Robert (1815-1883) by oisfetz


    LIST OF FEATURED »TALK CLASSICAL - COMPOSERS OF THE WEEK«


    Brahms, Johannes (1833-1897) by Topaz (January 8th, 2007)
    Schubert, Franz (1797-1828) by Topaz (January 22nd, 2007)
    Last edited by Frederik Magle; Jan-20-2007 at 18:58. Reason: updated List of nominees

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    Frederik

    Seems OK to me. I'm happy to do pieces on:

    • Beethoven
    • Brahms
    • Chopin
    • Schubert


    Topaz

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    Default Fabulous

    I love the idea of everyone discussing something speicfic for once, hehe. I'd be happy to contribute.

    1. Gustav Mahler
    2. Charles Ives
    3. Samuel Barber
    4. Johann Strauss
    5. Meredith Monk
    6. Tan Dun
    7. Varese
    8. Tod Machover
    9. Phillip Glass
    10. Schubert (but others might be able to give better insight, I have mostly a vocal focus on him)

    There are others, but I figure this is enough modern to get some protest ;-)
    "Don't bother to look; I've composed all this already"
    -Gustav Mahler to Bruno Walter, who had stopped to admire mountain scenery in rural Austria

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    Thank you so much for the nominations so far! This looks like it could be a really interesting project.

    I just realized an omission in the original post: A limit to the number of composers each member can nominate. This will be set to 5 in the future (not affecting the nominations so far, it's strictly my fault that I forgot to include it and it will not be imposed retroactively). The reason for this limit is so that the most members may have a chance to participate - with a slightly lesser chance that their favorite composers are "taken" already. Also, for the same reason, nominations will only last for three months after which any member can re-nominate the composer - including the prior nominator of course (no nominee will be removed without having been selected for the poll at least once though).

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    how about:

    Morton Feldman
    Jon Leifs
    Arnold Schoenberg
    Philip Glass
    Arvö Part

    ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hlolli View Post
    how about:

    Morton Feldman
    Jon Leifs
    Arnold Schoenberg
    Philip Glass
    Arvö Part

    ?
    Those are good nominations. Just so there's no doubt, you will be willing and able to write an introduction about any one of these composers if chosen? (it's only because of the question mark at the end of your post that I have to ask)

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    Franz Liszt
    Charles-Valentin Alkan
    Sigismond Thalberg
    Adolf Henselt
    Anton Rubinstein

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    Thanks for the nominations, Hexameron. I'll add them right away.

    And by the way:
    The article on Johannes Brahms has now been published!. A big thanks to Topaz!!

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    This thread will continue to be open for new nominations. Please note that if you nominate a composer you also accept the responsibility of being able to post the article on time if the composer is chosen as Composer of the week (If anyone wishes to withdraw a nomination or nominations, just let me know and it will be done, unless the composer has already been selected for the poll of course).

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    Sergey Taneyev
    Jeno Hubay
    Pablo de Sarasate
    Robert Volkmann
    Sergey Lyapunov

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    L V Beethoven
    J Brahms
    A Part
    F G Handel
    L Spohr
    J Tavener (present)

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    Thank you oisfetz! And thank you Andante! Both nominations have been added to the list.

    Andante: Remember, that the Brahms-article has already been written by Topaz.
    Concerning Arvo Pärt I've listed Andante, though also hlolli seemed to be willing to write that article, but didn't respond to Frederik's questions. You might cooperated, or as it now, it is up to Andante.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel View Post
    Thank you oisfetz! And thank you Andante! Both nominations have been added to the list.

    Andante: Remember, that the Brahms-article has already been written by Topaz.
    Concerning Arvo Pärt I've listed Andante, though also hlolli seemed to be willing to write that article, but didn't respond to Frederik's questions. You might cooperated, or as it now, it is up to Andante.
    Daniel, I am sorry I did not realise you were already so well catered for lol,
    I will be most happy to be just a spectator, and leave all the hard work to the others so I withdraw myself. I may be able to help in other areas. Andante

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    I'm happy to announce that the next Composer of the week article has been posted. Once again, excellently written by Topaz: Franz Schubert - Composer of the Week, January 22nd 2007

    Regards,
    Frederik

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    Andante: So your nominations have been removed by your own wish.

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