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    I just joined this site to find composers that I would like. I'm a Stravinsky fan. After reading several threads, I've noticed a lot of hate for Stravinsky. What composers would you recommend for someone who loves Stravinsky?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crawford Glissadevil View Post
    I just joined this site to find composers that I would like. I'm a Stravinsky fan. After reading several threads, I've noticed a lot of hate for Stravinsky. What composers would you recommend for someone who loves Stravinsky?
    I don't see any dislike for Stravinsky in this thread. Admittedly Les Noces is not his most immediately approachable work, but I think most here have chimed in with admiration at the very least.

    I'd also suggest there's nobody quite like Stravinsky! If you like him you obviously have fine taste

    I'd suggest digging into those works of his you don't yet know, most are clearly from the same pen. Do you know works such as Apollo, Agon, Orpheus? How about the wonderful violin concerto? Or the weird and spiky, but strangely beautiful Requiem Canticles?

    Someone earlier mentioned Antheil, not my cup of tea, you might enjoy? Aaron Copland? Olivier Messiaen?

    Try Bartók, another giant of the last century, personally my favourite composer of all!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Pickett View Post
    I don't see any dislike for Stravinsky in this thread. Admittedly Les Noces is not his most immediately approachable work.
    Why do we want approachable works at all? One of the pleasures of discovering classical music is repeated listening of great works that appear challenging at first. Even more true of Bartok, Messiaen, Berg etc.

    I love Stravinsky's chamber works, for instance. Renard and L'Histoire du Soldat in particular. He wrote beautifully for instrumental combinations.

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    Ditto to the above, although it took the full version of The Soldier's Tale to convince me (ie not the somewhat pointless suite!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Pickett View Post
    I don't see any dislike for Stravinsky in this thread. Admittedly Les Noces is not his most immediately approachable work, but I think most here have chimed in with admiration at the very least.

    I'd also suggest there's nobody quite like Stravinsky! If you like him you obviously have fine taste

    I'd suggest digging into those works of his you don't yet know, most are clearly from the same pen. Do you know works such as Apollo, Agon, Orpheus? How about the wonderful violin concerto? Or the weird and spiky, but strangely beautiful Requiem Canticles?

    Someone earlier mentioned Antheil, not my cup of tea, you might enjoy? Aaron Copland? Olivier Messiaen?

    Try Bartók, another giant of the last century, personally my favourite composer of all!
    Thanks Robert. You're right, no hate for Stravinsky on this thread...I was speaking of other threads like "Most overrated composer ever" thread. I totally love Bartok, so I'm sure you've set me on the right track.


    Originally Prog albums like Yes-Close to the Edge and King Crimson- Red made me aware of Stravinsky. I like Polytonality, polyrhythms, counter point, and odd time signatures. So far, "Rite of Spring" is my favorite Stravinsky composition.

    I will follow up on your suggestions.

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    Because my Prog rock and Jazz obsessions dominate my "listening experience", I haven't ventured beyond the ballets: Rite of Spring, The Firebird, Persephone, Petrushka, and Pulcinella.

    Thank you Robert Picket and Les24preludes. I auditioned several of your recommendations online and loved them all. I just purchased a 22 CD box set "Works of Igor Stravinsky" off of eBay for $30. Stravinsky conducts Stravinsky.

    My wife has Bartok's complete piano works. That's my main exposure to Bartok.

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    You know, Crawford, you won't do much better than that 22-CD set! It's not absolutely complete, a shortage of chamber works, but it's as good as!
    My wife's old piano teacher force fed her Bartók's Mikrokosmos as she learnt from a very early stage. Only now has she overcome her aversion to Bartók's music, after 20+ years of marriage!!

    If you like The Rite, try The Miraculous Mandarin. Bartók's a simply wonderful composer, there are so many great works to try!

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    Robert Pickett, I'll check out The Miraculous Mandarin ASAP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crawford Glissadevil View Post
    I just joined this site to find composers that I would like. I'm a Stravinsky fan. After reading several threads, I've noticed a lot of hate for Stravinsky. What composers would you recommend for someone who loves Stravinsky?
    You might also enjoy this talented fellow who was highly influenced by him (sometimes to Stravinsky's great annoyance ):

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    ”Art is how we decorate space; Music is how we decorate time.”

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