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"If we continually try to force a child to do what he is afraid to do, he will become more timid, and will use his brains and energy, not to explore the unknown, but to find ways to avoid the pressures we put on him." (John Holt)
Actually I don't think many composers "mainly wrote and focused on orchestral music". If that is the criterion for an orchestral composer, people like Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Mendelssohn (and possibly opera composers like Verdi and Wagner) don't count. Or did you purposefully want to leave the more obious answers out?
Chopin: op. 25 no. 11 Haydn: Sonata in in Eb Hob XVI/52 Schumann: Piano concerto 1st movement Rachmaninoff: op. 39 no. 8
A bit of a silly question, for the reasons stated above. Even Sibilius composed for solo violin, piano, voice and chamber pieces, even if those are not frequently played. If the question were who are my favorite symphonists, then I could answer Shostakovich, Beethoven and Mahler.
Currently working on: Bach Partita 4, English Suite 2, Toccata d-minor, Chopin-op 10/1, Schubert Impromptus
Richard Strauss, Franz Schimidt and Edward Elgar for me, three composers -along with Mahler of course- who had an incredible command of the late-romantic orchestra, yet their orchestral techniques were entirely unique.
But whilst I love most of the Strauss tone poems, it is the later operas which really grab my attention. The chamber orchestration of Strauss's Ariadne is not to be missed, and very much a demonstration of 'economy of means'. The best recordings of Ariadne savour it rather than pretend the orchestration is a proto Die Frau ohne Schatten.