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    Here are mine (in no particular order):

    1. Sibelius
    2. Ravel
    3. Stravinsky
    4. Shostakovich
    5. Vaughan Williams
    6. Bruckner
    7. Mahler
    8. Bax
    9. Berlioz
    10. Mendelssohn
    11. Debussy
    12. Prokofiev
    13. Bartok
    14. Nielsen
    15. Barber
    16. Rachmaninov
    17. Delius
    18. Dvorak
    19. Richard Strauss
    20. Liszt
    21. Langgaard
    22. Respighi
    23. Hovhaness
    24. Grieg
    25. Copland
    26. Dvorak
    27. Brahms
    28. Holst
    29. Stanford
    30. Ives

    Okay your turn! Good luck.

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    Also in no particular order:

    Mahler
    Sibelius
    Wagner
    Nielsen
    Bartok
    Rubbra
    Beethoven
    Brahms
    J.S. Bach
    Palestrina
    Schubert
    Berlioz
    Dvorak
    Tchaikovsky
    Shostakovich
    Britten
    Bruch
    Elgar
    Walton
    Holst
    Vaughan Williams
    Rachmaninoff
    Ravel
    Debussy
    Enescu
    Arvo Part
    Handel
    Dowland
    Vivaldi
    Josquin
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    Somewhat in order of importance to me, especially in the upper ranks. Mostly the usual suspects.

    1. Beethoven
    2. J. S. Bach
    3. Vaughan-Williams
    4. Bruckner
    5. Holst
    6. Shostakovich
    7. Brahms
    8. Rachmaninoff
    9. Debussy
    10. Schumann
    11. Handel
    12. John Dowland
    13. Stravinsky
    14. Liszt
    15. Mendelssohn
    16. Faure
    17. Respighi
    18. Heinrich Schütz
    19. Telemann
    20. Schubert
    21. Prokofiev
    22. Haydn
    23. Dvorak
    24. Bernard Hermann
    25. Monteverdi
    26. D. Scarlatti
    27. W. A. Mozart (I suppose)
    28. Poulenc
    29. Ravel
    30. Joaquín Rodrigo

    There are glaring omissions you may wonder about:

    Mahler - I think I like but I don't really have four lifetimes to absorb one of his pieces.

    Sibelius - I KNOW I like Sibelius quite a bit, but somehow I have misplaced his music in my mind. I can recall not a single melody. Too cluttered with other stuff I guess.

    Wagner - yes he is epic but I really prefer symphonies and tone poems.

    R. Strauss - also epic, but often a little frenetic or unfocused for my tastes
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    Out of curiosity, why 30? It does seem to be a convenient number to work with. 10 would be impossible and 100 may as well list all the big names and be done with it.
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    Roughly in order:

    1. Stravinsky
    2. Bruckner
    3. Prokofiev
    4. Sibelius
    5. Bartok
    6. Rimsky Korsakov
    7. Mussorgsky
    8. Tchaikovsky
    9. Borodin
    10. Rossini
    11. Dvorak
    12. Mozart
    13. Beethoven
    14. Franck
    15. Respighi
    16. Vaughan Williams
    17. Shostakvich
    18. Saint-Saens
    19. Smetana
    20. Bizet
    21. Debussy
    22. Ravel
    23. Walton
    24. Rachmaninov
    25. Mahler
    26. Schubert
    27. Wagner
    28. Mendelssohn
    29. Berlioz
    30. Orff

    Mind you in some cases I'm basing it only on one or two works that are known to me, the ranking is deserved if those pieces are important to me!

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    I'm afraid this list for me would be in a state of perpetual change - composers who would consistently be on the list include:

    J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Byrd, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Wagner, Liszt, Brahms, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Scarlatti, Telemann, Handel, Purcell, C.P.E. Bach, R. Strauss, Bartók, Debussy, Tallis, Palestrina, Gibbons, Perotin, Ravel, Berg, Rihm, Birtwistle, Mendelssohn, Boulez, Berio, Victoria, Webern, Britten, Tippett, Franck, Fauré, Gershwin, Josquin, Saint-Saëns, Messiaen
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    Well here goes, in no particular order as well.

    Mahler
    Rachmaninov
    Beethoven
    Liszt
    Mozart
    Bruckner
    Wagner
    Brahms
    Schumann
    Schubert
    Haydn
    Bach,JS
    Bax
    Moeran
    Elgar
    Vaughn Williams
    Handel
    Berlioz
    Chopin
    Hovhaness
    Ives
    Creston
    Diamond
    Copland
    Bartok
    Strauss,R
    Ravel
    Debussy
    Faure
    Wolf

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    My favorites are:

    Prokofiev
    Ravel
    Saint-Saens
    Shostakovich
    Tchaikovsky
    Rachmaninoff
    Sibelius
    Mahler
    Beethoven
    Vaughan Williams
    Schubert
    Albeniz
    Debussy
    Bruckner
    Faure
    Chopin
    Franck
    Schumann
    Scriabin
    Liebermann
    Villa-Lobos
    Scarlatti
    Poulenc
    Verdi
    Glazunov
    Busoni
    Alkan
    Medtner
    Hummel
    de Palestrina

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    Quote Originally Posted by airad2 View Post
    My favorites are:

    Prokofiev
    Ravel
    Saint-Saens
    Shostakovich
    Tchaikovsky
    Rachmaninoff
    Sibelius
    Mahler
    Beethoven
    Vaughan Williams
    Schubert
    Albeniz
    Debussy
    Bruckner
    Faure
    Chopin
    Franck
    Schumann
    Scriabin
    Liebermann
    Villa-Lobos
    Scarlatti
    Poulenc
    Verdi
    Glazunov
    Busoni
    Alkan
    Medtner
    Hummel
    de Palestrina
    Interesting that you would pick Busoni. I know of him as romantisizer (if that is a word) of Bach pieces - but then some could say Stravinsky was a modernizer of Bach pieces too.

    I considered Saint-Saens, Villa-Lobos, Medtner, and Palestrina for my list. Maybe I should have kicked out Mozart to make room for one of them.

    I'm not familiar with Alkan or Liebermann. I'll add them to my list of things to sample.

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    I would very much concur with JTech's list except I'd omit Mendelssohn, Grieg, Barber, Dvorak, Copland, Nielsen & Respighi, composers who I own a few works by, but they are not my favourites. & I have very little familiarity with Langgaard, Ives, Delius, Hovhanness, Stanford. So my list would be (in no particular order):

    Hindemith
    Messiaen
    Beethoven
    Villa-Lobos
    Kodaly
    Tchaikovsky
    Bliss
    Warlock
    Martinu
    Berg
    Britten
    Walton
    Myaskovsky
    Sibelius
    Ravel
    Stravinsky
    Shostakovich
    Vaughan Williams
    Bruckner
    Mahler
    Bax
    Berlioz
    Debussy
    Prokofiev
    Bartok
    Rachmaninov
    Richard Strauss
    Liszt
    Brahms
    Holst

    If I am allowed to indulge, I would add Rossini, Handel, Tubin, Erkel, Bernstein, Elgar, Gershwin & Rozsa!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andre View Post
    I would very much concur with JTech's list except I'd omit Mendelssohn, Grieg, Barber, Dvorak, Copland, Nielsen & Respighi, composers who I own a few works by, but they are not my favourites. & I have very little familiarity with Langgaard, Ives, Delius, Hovhanness, Stanford. So my list would be (in no particular order):

    Hindemith
    Messiaen
    Beethoven
    Villa-Lobos
    Kodaly
    Tchaikovsky
    Bliss
    Warlock
    Martinu
    Berg
    Britten
    Walton
    Myaskovsky
    Sibelius
    Ravel
    Stravinsky
    Shostakovich
    Vaughan Williams
    Bruckner
    Mahler
    Bax
    Berlioz
    Debussy
    Prokofiev
    Bartok
    Rachmaninov
    Richard Strauss
    Liszt
    Brahms
    Holst

    If I am allowed to indulge, I would add Rossini, Handel, Tubin, Erkel, Bernstein, Elgar, Gershwin & Rozsa!

    Hey quit copying me...just kidding!

    You and I share common interests in composers, so that's great to see. If you and I ever hung out and went to a record store we would probably fight over which CD we saw first!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JTech82 View Post
    Hey quit copying me...just kidding!

    You and I share common interests in composers, so that's great to see. If you and I ever hung out and went to a record store we would probably fight over which CD we saw first!
    I was also surprised how much I have in common with people generally, except I don't like some composers mentioned above (most of what I've heard from Glazunov & Saint Saens can send me to sleep!). Otherwise, I think I would be fairly comfortable with listening to most people's collections here, although - like you - I have a strong leaning towards late C19th & early to mid C20th.

    I also think Edgard Varese & Janacek should definitely have been in my top 30, but nevermind...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andre View Post
    Myaskovsky . . .

    . . . Tubin, Erke . . .
    More names I need to research. Thank you, Andre.

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    Machaut, Ockeghem, Lassus, Monteverdi, Purcell, Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Wagner, Brahms, Mahler, Debussy, Ravel, Scriabin, Schmidt, Schoenberg, Webern, Berg, Bartók, Stravinsky, Messiaen, Carter, Ligeti, Boulez, Takemitsu, Knussen...

    Extremely difficult decisions over who to leave out...

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    As though we don't already have a surplus of these list-your-favourites-all-of-'em threads, you have opened another one and I'm going to approve by posting... Well, I can't fight off the urge to.

    On a very daily basis subject to change, it would be as follows (order doesn't matter), plus why I love them:

    Beethoven - The Master of Masters
    Weber - beautiful and witty music
    Schubert - The Master of Song, also excellent chamber music
    Schumann - lyrical and melancholy piano pieces + Dichterliebe
    Liszt - my nick says it all - The Master of the Piano
    Brahms - wonderful chamber music + Ein deutsches Requiem
    Bruckner - almost philosophical and monumental symphonies
    Dvořák - a lot of folky fervour
    Janáček - one of the most ingenious and original composers ever
    Bartók - folky, dark and exotic
    Tchaikovsky - heartbreaking romanticism; the first composer whose works I heard (with Vivaldi)
    Rachmaninov - like Tchaikovsky, but on an almost film level
    Shostakovich - The Master of the 20th Century
    Respighi - filigrane, resplendent, scintillating music
    Méhul - excellent pair of pre-romantic symphonies
    Fauré - The Master of Refinement (chamber music)
    Chausson - heartbreaking, aromatic, a chamber music talent
    Debussy - The Master of Senses (colour, fragrance, flickering light)
    Roussel - The Master of Neo-Classicism; perhaps my favourite orchestrator
    Honegger - his symphonies are refreshing and forward-looking
    Grieg - warmth and eloquence, a true romantic
    Nielsen - tremendously good symphonies
    Sibelius - like Nielsen, but on a deeper and more out-of-this-world level
    Enescu - The Romanian Mozart, combining Brahms, French style and his originality
    Elgar - The Master of the English, except for a few mishaps, a flawless composer
    Vaughan Williams - evocative, bit folky, and both ancient and modern
    Delius - The Master of Colour, lover of our Earth and her beauties
    Holst - a mystical, darkish, but also listener-friendly composer
    Britten - some great innovation, a conservative avant-gardist; War Requiem
    Tippett - a joyous and eclectical composer that really heralds the Age od Aquarius

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    Shostakovich - The Master of the 20th Century
    I really think that Stravinsky deserves that title - Shostakovich was always a bit pastiche..
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