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    Default The best composer of chamber music?

    Who do you think is number one?
    In my mind, it's a tie between Brahms, Mozart, Haydn and Saint-Seans.
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    I'm not sure who was the "best", but my favorites for chamber music are:

    Beethoven # 1 (String Quartets + Piano Trios + Violin Sonatas)

    Brahms
    Schubert
    Schumann
    Mendelssohn

    Not familiazied with Haydn or Mozart chamber music yet.

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    imo those are the worst composers for chamber music. bach, mozart, husa. are the best imo. have you ever heard the medelhson spring symphonies.....BORING!

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    Boccherini, Telemann and Giuliani for me. I enjoy the way you can listen with pleasure at different levels of attention.
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    In my whole life I've heard about 5 SQs (Haydn, Debussy, Grieg, Brahms, Sibelius) and three or so Mozart's quintets - so I cannot judge about chamber music.
    Yet I liked very much Brahms' SQ no.3, and Debussy's and Sibelius' quartetts.
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    Who do you think is number one?
    In my mind, it's a tie between Brahms, Mozart, Haydn and Saint-Seans.
    Those are fine. But my list would include Franck, Rachmaninov and Ravel.

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    From my experience, Mendelssohn and Schubert. Not terribly keen on Haydn.

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    Olivier Messiaen
    Bela Bartok
    Edgard Varese
    Frank Zappa
    Shostakovich
    Steve Reich

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    I love the reicha woodwind quintet! It's so much fun to play
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    A tie between Dvorak (for his piano quintet in A-maj), Saint-Saens (bassoon sonata & trumpet septet) and Beethoven (oboe trio & string quartets).

    frenchhornkid: I think Danzi wrote way better quintets than Reicha (I have played both), but they are similar. I put up a thread here somewhere about Danzi with link to all of his quintets, I hope you check him out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saturnus View Post
    A tie between Dvorak (for his piano quintet in A-maj)
    I heard it for the first time recently. Wonderful piece of music.
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    hard to answer

    First names coming to my mind:

    Haydn, Shosta, Beethoven, Schumann, Schubert, Schnittke...

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    Arensky composed great chamber music. as an introduction I suggest his piano trio in d minor.

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    For me, this is really a hard question to answer.

    I love everything from 1780"s Mozart to 2007 Gorecki.

    The question of "best" is so subjective, and who I think is the "best" really depends on the time of day, and my mood.

    Early in the morning, I like to listen to Mozart with my morning coffee for a "pick me up".

    Perhaps, mid-day, to evening, I'm in a more romantic mood, and I'll listen to some Brahms.

    Then, late at night, when I'm in a more sober, reflective mood, I'll listen to a Shostakovich string quartet, or the new Gorecki string quartet No. 3, Op. 67.

    So yeah, it kinda depends on my mood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cato View Post
    The question of "best" is so subjective, and who I think is the "best" really depends on the time of day, and my mood.

    That's partially true. But there external constraints also. For example, if it's a cloudy sunday afternoon, a rational human being will only listen to string quartets.

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