Most Favorite Composer

Jun 23, 2012

Who is your most favorite composer ? (any periods and any genre)


Liszt, followed by Alkan and Skrjabin.
Liszt was good but dont know Alkan and Skryjabin...
Chopin, Bach, Liszt, Tarrega, Robert De Visee, Barrios and Beethoven. My favorites....
Wow, Skrjabin has some very beautiful pieces....
You'll find more of his works spelt 'Scriabin'.
Both of Them:(Scriabin & Skrjabin) Are true . also he was one of the Rachmaninov friends actually they started learning piano in same academy. But Rachmaninov Is better pianist
Debussy, followed by Mussorgsky and Rachmaninov.
I'm really enjoying Bach much more recently.

Otherwise, Beethoven and Faure.
Johann Brahms ! and Massenet
Sergei Bortkiewicz
Bach, Schubert, Mozart
For solo piano works: Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Liszt
For Orchestrals: Tchaikovksy, Mahler, Bruckner
For Piano Concertos/piano-orchestra: Rachmaninoff, Gershwin, Liszt
Igor Stravinsky if were talking classical. For film scores: Michael Giacchino, Hans Zimmer, Jerry Goldsmith, Ennio Morricone, John Williams, Howard Shore
For piano, Alkan. For guitar, Barrios. For Orchestral pieces, Nielsen. And Shostakovich when I'm in a killing mood!
What about Kapustin?
He is good pianist and perfect composer.
Sorry, but for the best pianist/composer/conductor Sergei Rachmaninoff wins.
Really he was a good pianist , but he wasn't best composer ...
I agree with Sepehr, though Rachmaninoff is very unique and always entertaining, I believe there are way better composers out there.
I have to agree with Pianok98 on this one, Rachmaninoff is the greatest piano composer (except maybe Chopin or Liszt). If you analyze his pieces or play them, you'll see how amazing his technique and harmonies are. I'd like to here, who you thing are "Way better composers than Rachmaninoff" BosmanJ.
You already mentioned two of them! Also, I wasn't talking about piano alone, but in general, which make Mendelssohn, Berlioz, Liszt, Saint-Saëns, Alkan (in my opinion, he's always questionable), Barrios, Mertz, Rodrigo, Nielsen.. I also prefer Granados, Albeniz and de Falla over him, Satie and Debussy and Catoire. Shostakovitch and Prokoviev as well, and even though I'm not really into Stravinsky, his music charms me more then Rachmaninoff's.

This doesn't mean I think his music is bad though, because he has some great etude tableaux etc. And he might have been one of the best pianists ever. Also, though his harmonies are great, a lot of pieces don't really 'get me'.

Still a lot of this is just personal, opinion, and I can quite get into your opinion, but I don't share it.. ;)
I can see your point better, although in my opinion right now for piano, he's no. 1, and an average between some websites, put him at no. 3 next to chopin, the Liszt.
Still he has some great pieces, like some of his etude tableaux etc. which are quite bewitching somehow!
it's impossible to play his etudes !
It is not, even though only virtuosos can play them.
They're not /so/ difficult; but an amateur's performance is always lacking. That is, however, so for most pieces. Listen to Hamelin's composition 'Suggestion Diabolique' to see what I mean...
about etude tableaux Opus 33 No.2 even I can't play it on my dreams then you say they are not so difficult ?
Well sepehr, they're actually not, given that you have a flawless technique and are quite virtuosic, they are fully playable, pieces that are seriously hard are ones like Alkans le preux or something like that. Many people can play Rachmaninoff's etude's, they weren't designed to be impossible or ridiculously hard as Rachmaninoff was probably quite comfortable playing them.
To Bosman J, I do like Rachmaninoff's etude's, but his piano concerots and his preludes are better, they sound better and they're more famous. By the way, Rachmaninoff apart from Tchaikovksy is one of the most prominant Russian composer's, far more so than prokofiev. His style is wonderful, the romantic essence in his pieces is unbelievable, plus who is more famous, Rachmaninoff or Prokofiev?

Like Second_Rachmaninov said, if you closely analyse the works of Rachmaninoff's the harmonies, you will find his works are supreme.
Let's just say he's different than Prokofiev. Also I think Rimsky-Korsakov was a more important musician then Rachmaninoff, since he tutored a lot of composers, including Prokofiev and Stravinsky. And I believe the two of them (Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev) aren't comparable since they had totally different styles and lived on the other side of the world (though against Rachmaninoff's will).

Still I know he is a great composer, but I personally wont put him between my top-composers and I can understand why one would do that...
Yes, I understand, well in the end they're all great composers' it's merely a matter of personal taste and opinion.
Chopin, Bach and modern - Jarrod Radnich.
Jarrod Randich is a one dimensional show off.
Jarrod Radnich is a one dimensional show off.
Not only. He's writting good film music. His Pirates or Harry Potter are actually to show off. Listen his another arragements, or another - Swift Fox, What Child Is This?, Sundance.
Hanz Zimmer :) I consider his Pirates of the Carribbean a sort of modern classical music. There's a great amount of depth and feeling to all of his music. Tchaikovsky is also hihgh on my list :)
Graffard ! also you are from France , who is your favorite on France?
Wait, wasn't Ravel French as well?
Yes, he's French too (I hadn't dared to say that).
His Gaspard de la nuit (I think) is Hardest piece in the world.
Certainly, but it's one of the most gorgious pieces too! Chords to be repeated, the arpeggios almost impossible to play, the nuances (ppp to ff!!) to respect: it's difficult piece but I think it isn't the hardest piece of the world (it's my personal opinion of course!)
His orchestration of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an exhibition is brilliant, in my opinion Ravel's 'orchestration' is one of the best, and he knew perfectly how to make an orchestra sound brilliant!

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