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    Default Who Are Your Top Ten Favorite Composers? (Again)

    Well, it seems like it's time for my annual "top ten favorite composers" thread. I like to post a thread of this nature about once per year- it's interesting to see how everyone's listening preferences have changed, and which composers remain a fixture in daily recreational listening.

    My apologies if this has been done recently by someone else.

    You don't have to name a full ten if your list happens to be smaller, and I'll allow for up to FIVE "honorable mentions" if you're having trouble narrowing it down. The last time I made a thread like this, people were literally naming 40 or 50 composers as their "top ten" list. Easy to do, I know; but what fun is that?

    PLEASE - No more than a top TEN (10) with UP TO five (5) honorable mentions!



    My Top Ten Favorite Composers in History:


    - Sergei Prokofiev (1891 - 1953)

    - Franz Liszt (1811 - 1886)

    - Franz Xaver Scharwenka (1850 - 1924)

    - Leopold Godowsky (1870 - 1938)

    - York Bowen (1884 - 1961)

    - Ernő Dohnányi (1877 - 1960)

    - Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813 - 1888)

    - Sergei Bortkiewicz (1877 - 1952)

    - Alexander Scriabin (1872 - 1915)

    - Sergei Rachmaninov (1873 - 1943)



    Five Honorable Mentions:


    - Moritz Moszkowski (1854 - 1925)

    - Joseph Marx (1882 - 1964)

    - Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)

    - Kaikhosru Sorabji (1892 - 1988)

    - Ferruccio Busoni (1866 - 1924)



    Yes, I'm obsessed with the piano.

    There are many more names that deserve an honorable mention, but in keeping with the rules; I'm quite happy with this list.

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    1. Bach, JS
    2. Mahler
    3. Brahms
    4. Schubert
    5. Shostakovich
    6. Sibelius
    7. Wagner
    8. Dvorak
    9. Bruckner
    10. Ravel

    Honorable mention: Mozart, Mendelssohn, R Strauss, Debussy, Bax.
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    1. Bach
    2. Brahms
    3. Sibelius
    4. Mahler
    5. Beethoven
    6. Schubert
    7. Chopin
    8. Dvorak
    9. Ravel
    10. Mozart
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    1. Mahler
    2. Beethoven
    3. Shostakovich
    4. Prokofiev
    5. R. Strauss
    6. Tchaikovsky
    7. Debussy
    8. Respighi
    9. Sibelius
    10. Brahms

    Mahler is my all-time fav, but the others in the list are really in no particular order.

    Honorable Mentions: Bartók, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Gershwin, Messiaen

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    1. Bach
    2. Mahler
    3. Shostakovich
    4. Scriabin
    5. Schumann
    6. Haydn
    7. Handel
    8. R. Strauss
    9. Mozart
    10. Beethoven

    Hororable Mention:
    Martinu
    Dutilleux
    Pettersson
    Schubert
    Schnittke
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    Today my top ten are:

    1. Prokofiev, Sergei
    2. Bartok, Bela
    3. Sibelius, Jean
    4. Messiaen, Olivier
    5. Adams, John
    7. Chin, Unsuk
    8. Elgar, Edward
    9. Debussy, Claude
    10. Schubert, Franz

    Honorable Mentions:
    1. Barber, Samuel
    2. Fauré, Gabriel
    3. Scarlatti, Domenico
    4. Stravinsky, Igor
    5. Hindemith, Paul

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    My list tends to change according to the day. Today it is:

    1. Ludwig van Beethoven;
    2. Richard Wagner;
    3. Johann Sebastian Bach;
    4. Johannes Brahms;
    5. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart;
    6. Franz Schubert;
    7. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky;
    8. Hector Berlioz;
    9. Felix Mendelssohn;
    10. Sergei Prokofiev.

    Honorable Mentions:

    1. Gustav Mahler;
    2. Antonio Vivaldi;
    3. Claude Debussy;
    4. Dmitri Shostakovich;
    5. Anton Bruckner.
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    1) Brahms
    2) Mozart and Haydn tied
    4) Dvorak, Sibelius and Vaughan Williams tied
    7) Debussy and Ravel tied
    9) Mendelssohn
    10) Mahler

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    Brahms
    Verdi
    Bruckner
    Dvorak
    Ravel
    Mendelssohn
    Chopin
    M.A. Charpentier
    Richard Strauss
    Mahler
    Mozart

    11 instead of 10.. sorry!

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    Pyotr Tchaikovsky
    John Williams
    Bernard Herrmann
    Felix Mendelssohn
    Dmitri Shostakovich
    Ludwig van Beethoven
    Richard Wagner
    Anton Bruckner
    Howard Shore
    Antonin Dvorak

    for today
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    1. Beethoven
    2. Brahms
    3. J.S. Bach
    4. Bruckner
    5. Berlioz
    6. Haydn
    7. Vaughan Williams
    8. Elgar
    9. Mahler
    10. Tchaikovsky

    Honorable mention: Shostakovich, Dvorak, Mozart, Barber, Richard Strauss

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    Seems like we have one these every month or so.

    In alphabetical order

    Bach (JS)
    Beethoven
    Brahms
    Bruckner
    Debussy
    Ravel
    Schumann
    Shostakovich
    Sibelius
    Vivaldi

    and many many others.

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    Here we go again! My top 10 + 5 Honorable mentions

    1.Franz Liszt
    2.L.V.Beethoven
    3.Frederic Chopin
    4.Richard Wagner
    5.Richard Strauss
    6.P.I.Tschaikowksy
    7.Alexander Scriabin
    8.Hector Berlioz
    9.Anton Bruckner
    10. G. Mahler

    Honorable:
    1.William Wallace
    2.S. Rachmaninov
    3.S. Thalberg
    4.S.Bortkiewicz
    5.Robert Schumann
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    Richard Wagner
    Sergei Prokofiev
    Ludwig van Beethoven
    Johann Sebastian Bach
    Franz Schubert
    Béla Bartók
    Frédéric Chopin
    Anton Bruckner
    George Frideric Handel
    Jean Sibelius

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    Order Varies:

    Brahms
    Prokofiev
    Ravel
    Bach
    Sibelius
    Debussy
    Mozart
    Beethoven
    Rachmaninoff
    Bartok

    Backups:

    Martinu
    Hovhaness
    Shostakovich
    Respighi
    Tchaikovsky
    Others....

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