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Thread: Is JS Bach your all time favourite composer

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    Default Is JS Bach your all time favourite composer

    I've noticed that on 80 percent of people's top 10 lists Bach is their top composer. I want to find out if most people's favourite composer it Bach.

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    He isn't, no.........

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    No. He's toward the top, though.

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    JS Bach is just one of many of my favorites. Buxtehude, Pachelbel, Vierne, all rank equally as far as their organ music goes.

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    probably yes. If I could pick the oeuvre of just one composer to listen to for the rest of my life, I would pick Bach
    Last edited by Jacck; Jun-04-2020 at 18:06.

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    Beethoven seems to have a comfortable lead on the “favorite composer” poll that shows up here often. For me Bach is not just my favorite; if all composers besides him disappeared I would be highly disappointed but still grateful.
    "If we understood the world, we would realize that there is a logic of harmony underlying its manifold apparent dissonances." - Jean Sibelius

    "Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere." - G.K. Chesterton

    "Beethoven tells you what it’s like to be Beethoven and Mozart tells you what it’s like to be human. Bach tells you what it’s like to be the universe." - Douglas Adams

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    I like his organ fugues; to the rest of his music I have been, so far, indifferent. I respect him highly for his craft, and would even call him a hero of art, but if I rank him high, I rank him for his abilities, not for the actual music he settled for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allegro Con Brio View Post
    For me Bach is not just my favorite; if all composers besides him disappeared I would be highly disappointed but still grateful.
    I agree. Bach is my favorite, but he's also beyond what a favorite composer means. A woven part of all music. I've inquired before if people thought Bach lacked 'development' and 'timing' of what seems to be grander composers, but I've never found this to be so myself, as a meaningful compositional issue. I recall the thread on spotify's top composers had Bach as #1, and listed Chopin at #2 and Debussy high up there. These are composers who I don't feel suffer from development or timing either. What I've found however is that while no one can do it better, Bach can sometimes be too perfect. Everyone is human and can always look for ways to improve: Bach's harmonies sometimes fall victim to perfection of law over creative dissonance, in other words, in seeking beautiful divergences resulting from harmony he can lack the potential for expansive timings resulting from dissonances, missing opportunities for further growth. No composer has ever been able to achieve dissonance as efficiently as Bach though, he is the best at it, imo.
    Last edited by Ethereality; Jun-04-2020 at 19:14.

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    I'm passionate about him and his music and think in him as a kind of god of music, but there are two and only two composers that I love even more: Wagner and Beethoven.
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    He is second, just behind Beethoven for me.

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    I don't think Bach is my favourite composer, but he's certainly a composer I couldn't imagine my life without. Some kind of a foundation on which everything else lies, perhaps? Or is that going a bit far, I don't know - there are so many great composers... But certainly I find myself returning to Bach with such a frequency that it's impossible for me to exit his orbit, even if wanted to. His music has impacted me on so many levels, and fundamentally altered the way I view art and music and aesthetics, that it has become a very natural and omnipresent part of my life.

    A bit off the topic: this is my 1000th post on this forum!

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    Some people behave as if there was never music better than Bach's, despite all those composers after his time. As if the history of classical music was that of pure descent from Bach.

    Poor inventors of instruments, poor weavers of harmonies, poor perfectionists of melodies, and poor orchestral thinkers. Poor dramatic composers, trying to compose for the human psychology. They have all tried so much and still failed.
    Last edited by Fabulin; Jun-04-2020 at 20:34.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janspe View Post
    I don't think Bach is my favourite composer, but he's certainly a composer I couldn't imagine my life without. Some kind of a foundation on which everything else lies, perhaps? Or is that going a bit far, I don't know - there are so many great composers... But certainly I find myself returning to Bach with such a frequency that it's impossible for me to exit his orbit, even if wanted to. His music has impacted me on so many levels, and fundamentally altered the way I view art and music and aesthetics, that it has become a very natural and omnipresent part of my life.

    A bit off the topic: this is my 1000th post on this forum!


    A worthy 1000th!

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    Is JS Bach your all time favourite composer?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabulin View Post
    Some people behave as if there was never music better than Bach's, despite all those composers after his time. As if the history of classical music was that of pure descent from Bach....
    I don't know of anyone who's knowledgeable about Bach who behaves that way. Most of us are well aware of Palestrina, Gabrieli, Gesualdo, Pachelbel, Buxtehude etc etc. But many if not most of us feel that Bach is "better", a culmination in a way. If someone prefers Palestrina, more power to them.

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    My vote would be No for any one composer. I have many favorites.
    “Music makes you feel feelings. Words make you think thoughts. But a song can make you feel a thought.”

    - Yip Harburg

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