Favourite composer - Who do you enjoy playing?

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Favourite composer - Who do you enjoy playing?

Beethoven
6
21%
Chopin
8
29%
Mozart
4
14%
J.S. Bach
6
21%
Schubert
0
No votes
Debussy
1
4%
Rachmaninoff
2
7%
Schumann
1
4%
Brahms
0
No votes
Liszt
0
No votes
 
Total votes : 28

Postby Chris X » Tue Apr 13, 2004 9:19 pm

Oops, excuse my spelling error. I meant I have not tried any other Scriabin.
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Postby 109-1082165152 » Tue Apr 27, 2004 4:01 am

Beethoven has always been my most favorite composer. I do enjoy playing others but Beethoven comes before Mozart and Bach in my list. (No Offense)

Those I enjoy listening to:
Hindemith
Schoenberg
George Crumb
Cage
Webern
etc...

You can tell what I like from the top list.
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Postby Dr. Bill Leland » Tue Apr 27, 2004 2:00 pm

Mr. C.

I like your list a lot. Crumb's "Voice of the Whale" and "Ancient Voices of Children" are two of my favorites, as is Berg's "Lyric Suite" for string quartet. But tell me something: how do you 'listen' to Cage's 4'33"???

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Postby 109-1082165152 » Sat May 01, 2004 5:46 pm

Dr. B

Refresh my memory please :( is this the silent one? If it is....

One word - WOW!!! Who could have imagine!

How do you like Penderecki's Threnody?
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Postby 81-1074658942 » Sat May 01, 2004 10:32 pm

O yes contemporary composers. Very cool. I haven't heard much of them, just because I would have to buy a whole bunch of CDs I've never heard of in order to get a taste for their works. Kind of inconvenient.

Artofthestates.org has some interesting information and you can listen to a few works per composer. I listened to Cage's Christmas suite for piano. I've never really heard anything like it. It was different from what I'm used to, but kind of amazing, actually.

Christopher Theofanidis wrote some really brilliant music! but i would be kind of suprised if anyone in here had heard of him. He's very very contemporary, and I don't think he's too widely known yet. But he didn't seem to take on Cage's type of style. His orchestral work "Rainbow Body" [on the CD of the same title, but there are other works on it]was mentioned in the Reader's Digest. You can hear short sound clips of that on Amazon.com. I can't wait to hear the rest of it!

Has anyone else heard anything by Erkki-Sven Tuur? Another new composer. A friend and I heard his "insula deserta" for strings when we were at the symphony. It was great!

I love new music!!!!!

By the way, I knew that my favorite composer would be different a month after my first post in here. Well I was right. I'm on a bit of a Chopin/Shostakovich kick right now. :D




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Postby 100-1083376015 » Thu May 13, 2004 7:49 pm

and Brahms
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Postby 81-1074658942 » Thu May 13, 2004 10:45 pm

I LOVE Brahms! His German requiem is gorgeous.... yes yes yes. I would love to see a live performance of that. And some really beautiful Bible verses were chosen as the text. [I remembered it because of your sig :)] Lovliness. o wait, I'm about to ramble on and on... but you get my idea! :D



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Postby 65-1081382753 » Fri May 14, 2004 6:39 pm

Handel was missed too. I LOVE listening to his Messiah, he has a wonder talent of illustrating the words through his music.
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Postby Mins Music » Sat May 15, 2004 4:51 pm

dcalcoda wrote:and Brahms

If you'd like to vote in the survey, Brahms is there. :)
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Postby 77-1082907864 » Mon May 31, 2004 1:50 pm

Never I've been able to answer this question and I think I'll never be. A little easier one for me could be to list my favourite pieces. Also I can name some composers to whom I can not be too attentive. For example I'm not much interested to Weber's music and nor to Haydn's piano music (though I like his orchestral and chamber music).
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Postby 110-1089657553 » Wed Jul 14, 2004 9:00 am

I love to play Beethoven, Chopin, and Scott Joplin. Yup. Those are probably my three favorites, though Gershwin is up there, too.
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Postby 65-1074818729 » Wed Jul 14, 2004 5:19 pm

Gershwin is one of my favourites too.

"Rhapsody in Blue" is definately one that I will tackle in the future.
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Postby Mins Music » Wed Jul 14, 2004 7:47 pm

Hey nrogers! Welcome to the board. :)

Speaking of Gershwin, does anyone like the movie "An American in Paris?" It was one of my favourites as a kid, and I now have the DVD.

Ahhh.... Gene Kelly was one of my heroes.....
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Postby 112-1089851768 » Thu Jul 15, 2004 9:22 am

I havent been playing piano long and out of all of those great composers i had to choose by which one i rathered listening to and it was a toss up between Bach and Chopin but since i played some Bach i had to go with Bach...it was just to hard of a choice for someone who hasnt learned to play pieces written by all of these composers
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Postby 110-1089657553 » Thu Jul 15, 2004 12:04 pm

Mins Music, thanks for the welcome.

About Bach ... I always hated playing Bach growing up. The festival judges said I played it with too much emotion (probably I played it more in a romantic style), but the low scores I got in Bach festivals turned me off to Bach for many years. When I did have to learn Bach, it was always a struggle because I did not *like* Bach due to my prior experiences.

I've grown up a bit, though. :-) Now I love Bach, though I still find him very difficult to play (and I've only played Inventions and Sinfonias, in addition to the beginner- and intermediate-level Bach pieces that piano students usually learn). The thing that really taught me to start appreciating Bach was actually listening to his non-keyboard music--the Orchestral Suites, Mass in B Minor, Cantatas, etc.

I asked my piano teacher if we could work on another Bach piece, but she said we should do a different composer for now ... I've learned three Bach pieces in the last eight months and can't seem to get enough of him!
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