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    My worst composer is a curious fellow named Dennis Busch (born 1947), whose music sounds like Haydn watered down for preschoolers. I've kept the CD just because I can't believe anyone would want to write music like this. Sadly, none of his pale Classical pastiche is on YouTube.

    I don't think I have any Richard Nanes, but he'd have been a contender. A former friend of mine has quite a bit of Nanes and enjoys it. All I'll say is that Nanes isn't the reason for the friend being "former," but it may only have been a matter of time.

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    Stock, Aiken and Waterman

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    i had a ned rorem CD i bought once.

    Recently I got rid of almost all my CDs except for a few, and ripped all the ones I liked listening to to a hard drive. Ned Rorem didn't make it!

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    I feel guilty as I snicker through this thread. But it’s actually pretty useful to think about. Or maybe just fun.

    I’d gladly get rid of Virgil Thomson. The only works of his I have are Symphony on a Hymn Tune and The Feast of Love. They’re on a CD I just got which also contains Colin McPhee’s Tabuh-Tabuhan and Roger Sessions’ The Black Maskers (Howard Hanson conducting the Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, 1956, Mercury Living Presence). I bought the disc because I have been curious about McPhee and Sessions. I listened to the whole thing once, and have listened to it a couple more times without the Thomson.

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    Maybe John Harbison would be another one. I never got much out of his music.

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    Long ago I bought a disc featuring a Russian conductor/composer called Mikhail Kollontai. The works, Six Sacred Symphonies for string nonet, came across as little more than sub-Gorecki/Shostakovich's 15th string quartet droning/wailing with only occasional changes of pace and pitch. I appreciate that these works were inspired by Kollontai's deeply-held Orthodox faith but they near enough bored me to tears. Then again, some folk may love them.
    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

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    My fellow compatriot Fazil Say definitely gets the top prize!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    What is the point of a thread like this?
    Excuse me?

    There are about 5,381 threads on this forum about who is the best composer, the best conductor, the best recording of X, Y and Z.... and somehow a lighthearted enquiry as to your worst composers doesn't meet your particular threshold test?

    The point of a thread like this is to ask the opinions of the forum members.

    If you don't have an opinion to share on this particular matter, fine. I will happily accept that your music collection is perfect and no-one below the rank of Archangel is permitted to be a member of it. For the rest of us mere humans, however, the question (given the highly informative responses to date) would seem to be of some relevance and interest.

    You can climb back on your high horse now.

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    Arnold Bax, barely nosing out Alexander Glazunov

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog View Post
    Although I've discarded most of Vivaldi's discs that I own, I still have a few roaming around the house. I don't have anything against the man, and he certainly is technically sufficient. However, he and I have no connection at all.
    Ok I own Vivaldi cds of course, such as Op 3, 4, 8, and the variety cds. I never wake up and think I must hear Vivaldi but I wonder if you are stating something about Vivaldi that is the same for other people but they like him and there is no connection either. You have a very strong association to Bach so the need to give time to Bach crowds out Vivaldi? I like Bach too but I do not have that deep need to listen to Bach as much as some people might so Vivaldi will get a listen or two when I see a cd in my collection. That said, I still feel the Four Seasons is something special that not many other concertos match. Another thing is certain Vivaldi works/recordings only work a certain way for me....I do not like most of the 4 seasons out there but I cannot say that about Bach recordings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seitzpf View Post
    I feel guilty as I snicker through this thread. But it’s actually pretty useful to think about. Or maybe just fun.

    I’d gladly get rid of Virgil Thomson. The only works of his I have are Symphony on a Hymn Tune and The Feast of Love. They’re on a CD I just got which also contains Colin McPhee’s Tabuh-Tabuhan and Roger Sessions’ The Black Maskers (Howard Hanson conducting the Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, 1956, Mercury Living Presence). I bought the disc because I have been curious about McPhee and Sessions. I listened to the whole thing once, and have listened to it a couple more times without the Thomson.
    He wrote some interesting music such as the string quartets and Three Pictures for orchestra. That would be a reason to not include him here if I were to mention him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triplets View Post
    Arnold Bax, barely nosing out Alexander Glazunov
    I feel sad reading this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Highwayman View Post
    My fellow compatriot Fazil Say definitely gets the top prize!
    His Symphony No. 1 Istanbul is impressive. Granted, it sounds like film music, but it's thoroughly exciting.
    Last edited by MusicSybarite; Apr-01-2020 at 02:08.

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    I will dismiss no one! The worst of them, knows better music than me and to throw him away should be an act of musical ignorance. Of course, I don't like many composers. But this is another thing and has nothing to do with their value or my respect.
    „Es gibt drei Arten von Pianisten: jüdische Pianisten, homosexuelle Pianisten -- und schlechte Pianisten.“ V. Horowitz

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triplets View Post
    Arnold Bax, barely nosing out Alexander Glazunov
    Really? I have a Naxos cd of his tone poems that I think a lot of. But that's the only thing I know of his.

    My choice is Telemann. I get little out of his music.
    I don't live in the past,
    there's no future in it.

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