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    Default Worst Composer in your collection?

    Just wondering what the worst composer in your collections might be.

    My vote: Albert Ketèlbey.

    I can't entirely rid myself of a sneaking liking for 'Bells Across the Meadows', though it's syrup at best. But he's undoubtedly the one person I look at in my library and think... I really ought to hit the delete button at some point. But for some reason, never do.

    I suppose this is related to other threads about 'favourite pieces by least favourite composers'. But here, I mean composers who (in your view) just aren't very good, not whether you like their work or not. That might be because you think them technically inept. Or that they just couldn't throw a decent tune together. Or for some other reason entirely.

    The requirement is only that you own their music, and kind of feel you should probably donate it to a charity shop, but haven't quite got round to doing so yet!

    Nominations...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dizwell View Post
    The requirement is only that you own their music, and kind of feel you should probably donate it to a charity shop, but haven't quite got round to doing so yet!
    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.

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    I probably shouldn't say this out loud, but I'd say Michael Daugherty based on the box set that Naxos put out. At least from that assemblage, it seems like his music is meant more for pleasing a crowd than occupying a recording.
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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.
    Try his Four seasons, it's very popular

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    I have 13 Handel CD's. If I ever prune my ridiculously large CD collection, they'll be the first to go. I'm sure it is highly accomplished music, but I get zero satisfaction playing them.
    I treat my music like I treat my pets. It’s something to own, care about and curate with attention to detail. From a blog by hjr.

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    Some guy named Sorabji. A CD that even has an incredibly long title. I made it through about 30 seconds of the music. "It is enough, O Lord now take away my life ...."

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    I don't know, maybe Offenbach?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sad Al View Post
    Try his Four seasons, it's very popular
    That's rather amusing - I've been familiar with Vivaldi's Four Seasons for over 50 years.

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    There are a few which have been put into a box somewhere in the garage...

    Johann Pachelbel is an easy #1

    Others that I have no wish to listen to again...
    Ned Rorem
    William Wallace
    Howard Hanson

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    Although known for being one of the great pianists and Beethoven interpreters, how he could compose something this awful is hard to understand. Next to him, Albert Ketelbey IS Beethoven!51PW4H35E7L.jpg

    I've kept it around for no reason other than to show other people how bad some modern music can be. (And I have a whole bunch of Ketelbey.)
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    Leonard Bernstein... but not "West Side Story" Leonard Bernstein or even "Candide" Leonard Bernstein but "Everything That Is Not In Fact "West Side Story" or "Candide"" Leonard Bernstein... I do like him as a conductor however... although quite a bit less than I do as a composer...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan View Post
    Leonard Bernstein... but not "West Side Story" Leonard Bernstein or even "Candide" Leonard Bernstein but "Everything That I Not In Fact "West Side Story" or "Candide"" Leonard Bernstein... I do like him as a conductor however... although quite a bit less than I do as a composer...
    That's too bad! I've been exploring his works lately and I find him to be a wonderful composer. Symphonies 1 & 2, Chichester Psalms, Mass... Funnily enough, I do not care for Candide or West Side Story. I'm not much of a musical theater guy—Mass, which is essentially a hybrid broadway-musical-slash-quasi-religious-work, being the odd exception.

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    What is the point of a thread like this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    What is the point of a thread like this?
    Ditto that. ------------

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    What is the point of a thread like this?
    Probably to keep our minds off of the fact that we are imprisoned in our homes, unable to see friends, unable to make plans, and unsure whether we, the people we care about, or the countries we live in will exist a month from now.

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