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Who is your favorite orchestral composer? #1888724 04/30/12 05:26 AM
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What I mean by "orchestral" is that they mainly wrote and focused on orchestral music. So who is your favorite?

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Re: Who is your favorite orchestral composer? [Re: nocturne152] #1888770 04/30/12 08:29 AM
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Re: Who is your favorite orchestral composer? [Re: nocturne152] #1888778 04/30/12 08:47 AM
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Sibelius and Tchaikovsky, if he counts.

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?


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Re: Who is your favorite orchestral composer? [Re: nocturne152] #1888780 04/30/12 08:51 AM
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Re: Who is your favorite orchestral composer? [Re: nocturne152] #1888811 04/30/12 10:22 AM
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Mahler, who wrote almost exclusively for orchestras (or orchestras with solo voices and/or choirs). Odd, because in his day he was much better known as a conductor, primarily of operas.

Beethoven and Bach obviously composed some incredible music for orchestras, though they did so much other brilliant work.

Those three are at the heart of orchestral music, as far as I am concerned.


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Re: Who is your favorite orchestral composer? [Re: nocturne152] #1888825 04/30/12 10:31 AM
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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.


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Beethoven...and i also love Shostakovich


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Beethoven, Dvorak...

Re: Who is your favorite orchestral composer? [Re: Stanza] #1888905 04/30/12 02:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Stanza
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Agreed, but I'd add Mozart to that list. Oh, then there's Mendelssohn...and Haydn...and....How can anyone have a single favorite when so many were so amazing?


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To those already listed I would add Berlioz and R. Strauss.


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Re: Who is your favorite orchestral composer? [Re: nocturne152] #1889022 04/30/12 06:40 PM
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Definitely Berlioz! Also Mozart, but I am not sure that he would meet your criterion.

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Been enjoying Atterberg lately. I don't have a 'favorite'.



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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.


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I love Ariadne. Beautiful opera!


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Boy, I've been thinking and thinking about this but cannot come up with a favorite. I'm stumped.

Shostakovich would be high on the list as would Stravinsky and Beethoven. Dvorak is a good you too.


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Re: Who is your favorite orchestral composer? [Re: ClsscLib] #1889144 04/30/12 10:52 PM
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Originally Posted by ClsscLib
I love Ariadne. Beautiful opera!

I have seen it numerous times -this opera grows on you so much- and I once rehearsed the Composer's Aria with a singer about to perform it on stage.

Here is a fine performance:



Actually if you look at the English translation, there are some rather thought-provoking issues.


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Ravel - magical orchestrations


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