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Poll Question: Who are your favourite classical composers?
Poll Choice Votes Poll Statistics
11 [9.73%]
5 [4.42%]
7 [6.19%]
7 [6.19%]
5 [4.42%]
2 [1.77%]
2 [1.77%]
3 [2.65%]
5 [4.42%]
7 [6.19%]
13 [11.50%]
1 [0.88%]
4 [3.54%]
3 [2.65%]
3 [2.65%]
2 [1.77%]
3 [2.65%]
5 [4.42%]
1 [0.88%]
0 [0.00%]
3 [2.65%]
0 [0.00%]
2 [1.77%]
0 [0.00%]
19 [16.81%]
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Man I could vote for most of this list, but of those listed:

1. Tchaikovsky
2. Beethoven
3. Mozart
4. Chopin
5. Mussorgsky

And not on the list: Debussy, Rachmaninoff, and Shostakovitch are some of my favorites.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Gallifrey Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 14 2013 at 20:14
Rachmaninov, but off this list I'll be generic and go Beethoven.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote The Dark Elf Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 14 2013 at 20:25
Bach
Mozart
Beethoven
Vivaldi
Rachmaninoff
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Nogbad_The_Bad Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 14 2013 at 20:46
Being an Avant head it has to be

Bartok
Stravinsky
Ligeti
Reich
Glass
Poulenc
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dr wu23 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 14 2013 at 21:21
Bach
Mozart
Beethoven
 Ralph Vaughn Wiliams
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote tarkus1980 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 14 2013 at 22:03
Anybody who votes for John Williams should be ashamed of themselves.


My top 10:

Beethoven
Stravinsky
Bartok
Mozart
Shostakovich
Brahms
Tchaikovsky
Bach
Schubert
Chopin
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BrufordFreak Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 14 2013 at 22:15
Though Mozart and the Baroque era composers were my gateway into Classical music whilst in my 20s, I would say that my favorites are Ralph Vaughan Williams, Erik Satie, Steve Reich, Giacomo Puccini and any choral music from the Gregorian "chant" traditions and the early masters choral masters, like Tallis, Palestrina, Dufay, des Pres, Byrd, and Monteverdi. Still love Mozart--especially his piano concertos.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Kazza3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 14 2013 at 22:34
Too hard, but I've gotta go for the man in my avatar, Debussy. Behind him, Messiaen.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote infocat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 14 2013 at 23:17
My entire classical collection consists of one Bach, one Vivaldi, one Rachmaninoff, and one Bartok.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Larree Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 14 2013 at 23:50
Karlheinz Stockhausen
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Progosopher Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 15 2013 at 00:50
So many greats here, but I am going to cast a vote for an other: Allan Hovaness.  Born in Armenia, raised in the United States, he composed atonal pieces in the 1920s, decided they had no soul, burned all his manuscripts and then developed an ethereal symphonic style based on traditional and liturgical Armenian rhythms and melodies.  Symphony #2, Mystic Mountain is absolutely gorgeous and features a double fugue while Prayer for Saint Gregory has a haunting use of trumpet.  Two others not on the list I am quite fond of are John Dowland and Hildegard von Bingen.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote progbethyname Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 15 2013 at 01:05
Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff

The guy can play the grand piano like none other. Also, he has the biggest hands you've ever seen!
He's a master. Not the best conductor, but certainly my favourite grand pianist
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote octopus-4 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 15 2013 at 02:13
I vote for Stravinskij over Bach, but some of my fav are missing: Rimsky-Korsakov, Ligety and Orff just to say the first I have in mind

Edited by octopus-4 - June 15 2013 at 02:13
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote twseel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 15 2013 at 03:32
I haven't heard many of them, but I've heard the Matthäus Passion and some other pieces from famous classical composers and so far they have failed to amuse me. I did, however, like what I heard from Steve Reich, La Monte Young and John Cage. Still, my favorite would be a composer I was introduced to by my prog-loving aunt: Louis Andriessen.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote HolyMoly Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 15 2013 at 09:37
From the list, Varese (thanks to Frank Z), with honorable mention to Schoenberg.  Apart from the list, Stockhausen and Conlon Nancarrow.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Stool Man Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 15 2013 at 10:23
Thanks for reminding me. Next week I shall revive my recent series of composers polls, and make a poll featuring all those with the most votes.

http://www.progarchives.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=92999

Edited by Stool Man - June 15 2013 at 10:25
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote MonsterMagnet Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 15 2013 at 10:50
Very interesting poll! though I'm not a specialist in classical, but I very like Stravinsky, Wagner and Scheonberg Smile
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I think prog fans will like Bruckner.  There is something about some of his
music that sounds later 20th Century, in some harmonic way.  He's got strong lyricism, also. 
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Originally posted by brainstormer brainstormer wrote:

I think prog fans will like Bruckner.  There is something about some of his
music that sounds later 20th Century, in some harmonic way.  He's got strong lyricism, also. 
Well said. He is my favorite composer, couldn't live without his music.
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Bruckner is fine, I just don't find him in the company of the elites. My issue with him is that while he has some great symphonies, he doesn't have a ton of elite smaller scale chamber works, and for me those are just as important in defining a great composer as are symphonies and concerti. I put a heavy emphasis on piano sonatas and string quartets and piano trios and the like.
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