Top 10 Personal Favorite Composers

OK everyone, this is the last Top 10 Top 10 list – Personal Faves.  Here are the rules:

1) These are your personal FAVORITES.  No explanations, no reasoning.  Don’t choose someone just because you think he or she is a particularly good or great composer.  Choose someone because you love his or her music.  [Note: the two need not be mutually exclusive.]

2) These are your personal favorites at this very moment in time.  Try to let it flow – don’t hem and haw.  Five minutes hence, you might have a totally different list.  In fact, you could come back five minutes later and post a whole new list.  I would love it if you did that.  Maybe the You of five minutes ago really didn’t understand the You of now and your new perspective on life, love, and music.

3) Your list need not reflect any particular order.  It can if you want it to though.  Also – and this is very important – just because someone’s not on your list doesn’t mean you don’t love them.

4) Our working definition of ‘composer’ is anyone whose primary means of musical conveyance is the written note.  Feel free to understand this broadly.

Discuss! We’ve had some astonishingly interesting and in depth discussions on these lists.  Between like 5 people.  And I love those 5 people, and respect them and value their opinions and I’ve learned a tremendous amount from them.  But I have a little thing called Google Analytics, and, Dear Readers, I know that there’s many more of you out there.  This is a get-to-know you activity – absolutely not a debate.  Just fun, y’all!!

I’ll start.  In no particular order (excepting Beethoven):

My Top 10 Personal Favorite Composers

1. Ludwig van Beethoven

2. Alfred Schnittke

3. Maurice Ravel

4. Jean Sibelius

5. Claude Debussy

6. Giaocomo Puccini

7. Stephen Sondheim

8. Henry Purcell

9. Joseph Haydn

10. Björk

22 Comments

Danny Lee

1. Stravinsky
2. Tchaikovsky
3. Ginastera
4. Leo Brouwer
5. John Adams
6. Mozart
7. Villa-Lobos
8. Schnittke
9. Scriabin
10. Messiaen

Danny Lee

I should probably have put Bach instead of Villa-Lobos, but that’s okay

Charles

In no stream-of-consciousness order:

Brahms
Ravel
Bernstein
Debussy
Sibelius
Barber
Haydn
Mozart

(And slightly below those:)
Tchaikovsky

David Stech

Brahms, Ravel, Stravinsky, Duruflé, Schoenberg, Debussy, Poulenc, Bartók, Prokofiev, Puccini.

Maggie

1)Handel
2)Weill
3)Bernstein
4)Mozart
5)Arlen
6)Bach
7)Convery
8)Bolcom
9) Dowland
10) Barber

Cavalieri

Here’s my list and the seminal pieces (IMHO) that put them on it:
Brahms (Requiem)
Schubert (Lieder, esp. Schwanengesang)
Duparc (Chanson)
Bernstein (West Side Story, Candide)
Verdi
Ravel (Daphnis et Chloe, Pavane, Bolero)
Ives (Songs)
Souza (Washington Post, among others)
Brubeck (Time Out)
Mussorgsky (Pictures)

Gabe

Mozart
Ockeghem
Steve Reich
Brahms
Faure
Bach
Dallapiccola
Schubert
Arvo Part
Zipoli!

Michael Monroe

Bach…and then, alphabetically:

Beethoven
Brahms
Mozart
Poulenc
Prokofiev
Ravel
Schubert
Schumann
Scriabin

Thanks for all the great lists!

Adam

Brahms
Mahler
Reich
Shostakovich
Haydn
Bruckner
Dowland
Varese
Stravinsky
Barber

David Stech

Barber
Puccini
Debussy
Stravinsky
Brahms
Beethoven
Britten
Prokofiev
Bartók
Ravel

Honorable mention: Wagner, Mozart, Bach, Poulenc

Künkel

Stravinsky
Puccini
Mendelssohn
Beethoven
Janacek
Szymanowski
Dvorak
Ravel
Debussy
Schumann

David Stech

Yeah, I’m surprised there’s not more Janáček on these lists. [Bravo, Künkel] Certainly one of my favorites!

Sorry to be so fickle, if not cliché, but my favorite composer is the one I’m currently working on. I just find myself thoroughly enamored by whomever I recently played (and really practiced/rehearsed/performed).

C. N.

1. Haydn

2. Mozart

3. Beethoven

4. Bach

5. Brahms

6. Wagner

7. Mendelssohn

8. Saint-Saens

9. Debussy

10. J William Rappaport, Esq.

Frank

In no order at all:
Poulenc
Ravel
Schubert
Marschner
Strauss
Bach
Brahms
Berlioz
Grainger
Wagner

Paul

Claudio Monteverdi
J.S. Bach
Giaches de Wert
Johann Rudolf Ahle
Giovanni Gabrieli
Dario Castello
Thomas Morley
Matthias Weckmann
Johann Schein
Heinrich Schutz

Keith

Strange that out of 150+ favorites (so far) there’s only one woman: Björk.

willcwhite

that’s because Björk RULZ!!

also, just a reminder – this is all about personal taste, no apologies, no discussion. David Stech, I’m looking squarely in your direction.

Marcello

Palestrina
Josquin
Orlando Gibbons
Berg
Radiohead
Bjork
Battiato
Conte
Marlene Kuntz
Brad Mehldau

… just kidding, Will!
The thing is, my list doesn’t change that much over time…
It would be kind of a boring game if you played it only with me :)

OK, here is the (usual, boring) real one:

Bach
Beethoven
Mozart
Haydn
Schubert
Brahms
Ravel
Mahler
Bruckner
Verdi

Cheers!

Evan

Tried to put them in order, because Why not?

Sibelius
Brahms
Faure
Beethoven
Arvo Part
Debussy
Frank Martin
Palestrina
Bloch
Schubert

Conor

1. Wagner
2. Bach
3. Beethoven
4. Mahler
5. Strauss
6. Prokofiev
7. Tchaikovsky
8. Rachmaninoff
9. Chopin
10. Handel

Barbara Vesper

April 22, 2011
Brahms, Beethoven, Dvorak, R. Strauss, Prokofiev, Mahler, Ravel, Saint-saens, Puccini, Bob Dylan. Hon. Mention: Haydn, Shostakovich, Wagner, Bizet, Bernstein.

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