Flyingninja77 • Nov 4, 2011 I suppose the title says it all. Who's your favorite classical composer and why? One of my favorites is Beethoven, primarily because he revolutionized the classical era. Comments [user=1591]JMichEvans[/user] My favorite composer is Hans Zimmer. He did not revolutionize anything, but I love his soundtracks, especially his soundtrack for the end credits of "The Ring," more than any other soundtrack. [user=10791]Bran92405[/user] I don't really have a favorite. It depends on the genre of the music. I like Beethoven for his symphonies, string quartets, piano concerti, his one violin concerto, his piano sonatas and wind ensembles. I like Mozart for his sacred music in general (the Requiem is miraculous), a few of his many symphonies, and all of his concerti, piano and otherwise; his operas and one very beautiful aria from one of his two sacred vespers - "Laudate Dominum." I like Schubert primarily for his symphonies and masses and a few of his piano sonatas, which are primarily inspired by Beethoven's sonatas. I love Chopin's piano concerti. I love Rachmaninov's sacred vespers and his piano concerti. Brahms, I love a bit of everything, Mendelssohn for his concerti and symphonies. I'm not much of a Baroque fan, but I love some of Handel's work, Bach, Vivaldi and Telemann, primarily in that era. I also like Albinoni, even though the famous adagio attributed to him was not his, but was composed in the 1940s or 1950s by a musicologist who admired Albinoni's work. Two Romantic era composers that I think don't get enough exposure are Cesar Franck and Max Bruch - very beautiful music from both. Grieg, Mahler - the "Liszt" goes on... And of course there's Tchaikovsky. Who could forget Tchaikovsky and live? More recent - Carl Orff, Gershwin, and even Scott Joplin for his wonderful Ragtime - more Jazz than classical though. I would say that I listen to more Beethoven and Mozart than any others, but that doesn't mean that they're necessarily my favorites. I just learn a lot from them, since they were the two innovators who moved music composition forward the most in my thinking. What's so special about them? In all my listening I would have to say that it's the thematic structure, emotional expression and counterpoint that defines their innovations. Beethoven dared to go places that none other dared and still remain musical. A lot of modern attempts at innovation are simply not musical in my view - something is lost in the attempt to be different. But not always. [user=10791]Bran92405[/user] Here's a lovely performance of the Mozart "Laudate Dominum" that I mentioned: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51u3QBYA2EA It's from his Vesperae Solennis de Confessore for Soprano, Orchestra and Choir. Magnificent!!! [user=17330]Quaec[/user] My favorites is Mozart, Beethoven and Grieg. I really love "In the Hall of the Mountain King"(Grieg), "Eine kleine Nachtmusik"(Mozart) and "Für Elise"(Beethoven). Everyone of this are soon coming in "my" edition. [user=10546]Flyingninja77[/user] Yeah, NewFranzLiszt, I admire your namesake's music very much. It's full of passion, although some of the stretches are beyond my capabilities. [user=18145]joeyvl[/user] My favorite composer right now has got to be Hindemith. He found a way to use a completely chromatic scale and still make his music tonal. He wrote great fugues as well. Here's a Hindemith fugue. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTpAIEp6DUo [user=42321]eece[/user] NewFranzLiszt - Thought I'd ask if you've heard of Valentina Lisitsa? I know everyone has their personal preference when it comes to interpreters, but you may want to watch a few Liszt pieces of her. She does a brilliant solo piece on Totentanz. [user=18145]joeyvl[/user] I personally love Lisitsa's playing, it's full of energy and intensity. Right now I am rerally digging Cowell. [user=16660]16composer[/user] Rachmaninov. his choral music is wonderful [user=36255]21st ccentury boy[/user] Bach comes first.Beethoven also makes every genre, category of comp his own.I am enraptured with all of Brahms he vocal song.every concerto.symphony.quartets. Pf.trios.violinandboth cello soncllo sonatas. I Can play just the keyboard part and Likebachs duos I see, feel new world s.All the famous composers are entire.Mendellssohn and Greig.Sibelius are the only bigger I've not explored thoroughly.Alkan and Scriabin I played through befoe re they became the vogue.That Chopin had more to offer is obvious cello sonata.the amazing dexterous harmonies in 3rd sonata and late nocturnes say all.I can't live a day out Handel Andscarlatti.Vivaldi is as prodigious in many fields. GEORGE Rochberg.Sessions,Bolcolm mean almost as much as Stravinsky and Schonberg to me.I need to bring Messiaen back into my life but Ravel is with me daily.All the famous French afeel less significant to the current Germans seem [user=36255]21st ccentury boy[/user] There are so many exciting,innegligent g geniuses and craftsman at work currently it is difficult to name just wa hw handful.pintscher. Furrer Unsuk chin Thomasades strike me as incredibleworthwhill, memorable.Ellentwilich.George Benjamin Joan Tower are big names but their are dozns of others who reinvigorate the old t raditions. [user=6755401]Vigo Kovačić[/user] People might think its kinda avarage, but I REALLY love Mozart's music [user=4676656]azuremichalak[/user] If I just thought out of my head of the first composer it would be Mozart, but there's so many and so many different eras. I could think of at least 3 for every era probably. [user=23549056]Adam Nebeker[/user] Schumann for cello Debussy/Chopin for piano Mozart for chamber music Paganini for guitar/violin Beethoven for symphonies Sorry, can't pick just one... [user=14268261]Daniel Cavari[/user] Bach and Beethoven are greatest of all, but my favorite is Shostakovich. [user=29631481]J.S.antos[/user] You sometimes can't decide about a compositor: Vivaldi could make you feel all the stations with just strings. Bach wrote preludes and fugues that tell you a history actually understandable, unique in his style. Mozart was the biggest prodigy ever, and could write both sad and happy music effortlessly. Beethoven was revolutionary, and talented, passional and just every piece makes you feel bad and nice at the same time. Chopin was the best piano composer i met till today, and his madness on piano was also his gift. Liszt was the best pianist ever, also did a lot of good job at transcriptions and showed a different piano music. Paganini made violin evolve to a new era, not even possible for anyone at his time, also virtuosity was with him and nevertheless his mad but beautiful pieces. Rachmaninoff gave us his feelings using a piano, so bad they were that you can feel in every prelude or concerto, also using an unseen style. Tchaikovsky made magic with music... and more and more.... It's impossible to choose, if you really love classical music You just can't choose [user=30016823]Jayden Fung[/user] I love Vivaldi. His music is totally underrated. [user=30505003]Thcaikovky No[/user] Clementi is almost definitely my most favorite.