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Red99

I'm a violinist. I think my favorite composer varies. Orchestral: Tchaikovsky.  Solos, concertos, etc: Vieuxtemps, Sibelius, Bach, Sarasate. I tend to like pieces that are "edgy" or showoffy haha

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CunningComposer

I could go on for hours because I'm a composer, but my top three at the moment are:

 

Aaron Copland - mostly his smaller-scale works that nobody knows (like his art songs).  He has such interesting harmonic structures that never feel too unsettling even though they're sometimes waaaay weird.

 

John Tavener's "The Lamb".  is.  literally.  perfect.

 

Elena Kats-Chernin - especially her Wild Swans Suite.

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MiseryTriumphant

John Cage, Gustav Holst, Stravinsky, and Beethoven.

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Squirrel Combat

I tend to cycle through different favorites. For a while I have been on a Paganini kick; I consistently enjoy Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Wagner, Respighi, Bach, Haydn, and many more. But Schubert claims a special place because he set the example I live by.

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Nettaiurin

Hm i'd have to say Yiruma, Kevin Kern and Chopin
But I love piano music in general

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Manticone

Old school? Vivaldi and Bach.

 

Living composers? Max Richter and Olafur Arnalds. 

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Sally

Bach, Bach, and also Bach.  Sometimes Steve Reich, sometimes Respighi.  

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CBC

Saint-Saëns. Vaughan Williams. Elgar. Rachmaninoff. Tchaikovsky. Bach. Holst. Berlioz. Sibelius. Mozart for his horn concertos, which I fell asleep to every night when I was about 13-14. Other people I'm forgetting.

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CBC

Oh oh oh! Contemporary English composer John Rutter. Absolutely beautiful choral music. He's done a lot of Christmassy stuff.

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daveb

I am not the most educated when it comes to music. I do like quite a bit of classical music, but am not well enough versed in various composers to have favorite composers. Mostly I like specific pieces of music, and generally I am a fan of violin concertos. I also think some of the great composers of the 20th/21st centuries are/were movie musical score composers (Korngold, Zimmer, Morricone, Williams, etc.).

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CBC

Arvo Pärt. Contemporary Estonian composer.

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Sally
44 minutes ago, CBC said:

Arvo Pärt. Contemporary Estonian composer.

Rutter Part.  If Skycaptain were here, he would make an obscene comment.  

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CBC
5 minutes ago, Sally said:

Rutter Part.  If Skycaptain were here, he would make an obscene comment.  

You did it for him. ;) 

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Sally
35 minutes ago, CBC said:

You did it for him. ;) 

I do try to help people out.  

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kiaroskuro

Purcell, Dowland, Britten, Tchaikovsky, then there are Grieg, Satie, Shostakovich, Erwin Schulhoff, Gabriel Fauré and many others who I enjoy listening to but whose work I'm less familiar with. 

I know embarrassingly few composers (and pieces), but I have only just entered the world of classical music, so to speak.

For now I'm just happy that this thread exists, it's so inspiring.

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