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    Default How much time do you spend with composers?

    If you were to apportion your listening time by composer, who gets a lot? Who gets a little?

    Please list your most-listened-to composers by the percentage of your time they claim. Your final total would be 100%, but probably you won't get there in your list. Can you get to 75% or more?


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    Next month for me it will be 90% Morton Feldman, 10% jazz music.

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    I really cant give any percentages, but over the past week it's probably been something like this:
    1. Bach
    2. Liszt
    3. Schoenberg
    4. Rachmaninoff
    5. Schnittke
    6. Beethoven
    7. Ligeti
    8. Mozart
    9. Schubert
    10. Franck
    ≥12

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    This week for sure it has been 75% Mozart, 10% Bach, and the rest with Gubaidulina and various composers featured on TinyChat.

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    I can already see every post that follows say something along the lines of This is Always Changing, But..., or Well, here is my previous month.

    So, instead, being specific: I will set aside 25% of my listening to new / unknown music, while the other 75% is stuff I already know. Within that 75%, from years past to the years moving forward, my division would break down into something like:

    Mahler, Dvorak ~28%
    Ives, Elgar ~22%
    Brahms, Debussy ~14
    Ravel, Prokofiev ~10%
    VW, Mendelssohn ~8%
    DSCH, Mozart ~7%
    Quartets by EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING ~10%
    Everything else I know ~1%



    There, specifics. Even if arbitrary. Though, in reality, yeah, I actually listen to, like, a dozen composers, generally... A little revealing.

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    It's hard to say a percentage but I'll give it a go.

    I probably spend 50 percent of my time listening to Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.

    Maybe 15 percent listening to Mozart.

    25 percent listening to Brahms, Dovorak and I've started listening to more Mahler.

    Maybe 10 percent is spent seeking out new composers and new music.
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    My own time is allotted to the fixed stars, the planets, and the occasional comet. Lately:

    30% Beethoven
    20% Shostakovich
    10% Haydn
    10% Bach
    5% Adams
    5% Rouse and other such
    3% Sculthorpe
    2% Brahms
    2% Schumann
    2% Stravinsky
    1% Ligeti
    10% here and there...


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    This month it was (roughly):
    30% Schubert
    15% Messiaen
    10% Ligeti
    10% Beethoven
    5% Gubaidulina
    5% Stravinsky
    5% Schumann
    5% Schoenberg
    5% Debussy
    10% Others

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    80-90% is music that I've not heard before, the rest is predictable stuff that I'd be held in contempt for if I told You!

    /ptr
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    I tend to mix music that is new to me with CD's I already have, probably 50/50. Split per composer does not make sense, as I am typically picking a few composers per month to focus on wrt my re-listening to my CD collection. This month those are de Falla, Hindemith and Nielsen.
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    My listening time is currently quite equally divided between Schönberg, Poulenc and Debussy.

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    J.S. Bach 93%

    Prokofiev 7%
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    Varies wildly. I'll have periods of listening almost exclusively to one, other periods of musical ADD. The last few months have been the latter, part of what made me join this forum. The last week alone has included Perotin, D. Scarlatti, Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Boulez, Ligeti, Reich, Gubaidulina, Wuorinen...the listening I do during these periods is probably shallower than when I get really into one composer, but also more exciting in a way.

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    That is virtually impossible to say. Almost certainly I spend more time listening to Bach than anyone else... and Mozart is a close second. But with the number of recordings/composers at my disposal between by CD collection, YouTube, and Spotify I can't say any composers add up to much more than 1 or 2% of my total listening time... and this doesn't even account for my non-classical listening.
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    For the past few years:

    Bach - 50%
    The rest - 50%

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