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I suppose this question gets asked continually throughout the thread, but I will ask it in my own way. What composers have you discovered in the past year or two that have made you ecstatic in the find? They could be famous, known but underplayed, or completely obscure. I will start with two: Henry Cowell and Heitor Villa-Lobos. Both were very productive composers with truly original voices. Cowell was marred with a sexual assault conviction early in his career which may account for his elusiveness. Villa-Lobos - famous as much for his character as the few compositions that endure. For me the excursion so far has taken me through all of Cowell's Hymn and Fuging Tunes and all Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras. I have yet to enter the world of their symphonies! I would love to hear what has torn you from the standards and sent you down a happy rabbit hole of music. The good thing about all this, is the way it has encouraged me to look at so many other composers of the same era.