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1. Have a masterclass with a composer

2. Have a beer with a composer

3. Have a philosophical or spiritual/religious discussion with a composer.


I thought this would be a really fun question for you good folks!

For me:

1. Mozart. I still lack a perfect understanding of his style, and would like to hear it from the man himself

2. Either Bach or Beethoven. I have heard that Bach was a great beer drinker, and im sure Beethoven could hold his own.

3. Messiaen of course. All things philosophy and religious. I would start with asking him about the 3rd regard... l'Echange. And what the spiral truly meant. God becomes man so that man may become god.

Excited to hear your choices!

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1. Chopin
2. Bach
3. Scriabin

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Im loving Scriabin as a 3

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1 and 3 same as Chopinetto

1. Chopin
2. Field
3. Scriabin


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1. Bach
2. Brahms
3. Poulenc


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1. (Piano/Interpretation) Chopin; (Composition) Scriabin, Stravinsky
2. Bruckner, Shostakovich, Sibelius
3. (Philosophical/esoteric) Scriabin; (Religious) Bach

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I don't drink so for no. 2 consider it to be soda instead of beer :-)

1. Busoni - Of course one of the great pianists. Who wouldn't want to get a lesson from this reflectionist? (I refer to him as a reflectionist, because his music was much more reflective than Liszt's flamboyancy. This is coming from someone who loves Liszt, by the way!) His Violin Sonatas are divine.
2. Chopin - Well, I think Chopin wrote too many polyrhythms (lovely to listen to, almost impossible for me to play), but I respect his music a whole ton. That said, I'd probably opt to drink with him, maybe grab some food with him, rather than get a masterclass or talk philosophy with him.
3. Grieg - Bach started the joy of music for all of us. Beethoven challenged music and took it to its limits. Chopin made music more distinct. Grieg, however, has a very lovable quality to his music, and a humbleness to almost all his music (maybe the Piano Concerto is a bit bombastic, but even that has its quirks). All the more reason to talk philosophy with him!

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My immediate thought is: Mozart / Mozart / Mozart. I would love to have the opportunity to hear his philosophical views at first hand. I suspect that they were deeply felt, and much more serious than "Amadeus" would have us believe.

On second thoughts, I think I might change my mind on No. 2 to Berlioz - though it might be a glass of wine perhaps. There would be so much to say - and it would be wonderful to be able to reassure him that 150 years after his death he would be understood and revered so much more than he was by the Parisians of his day.

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Originally Posted by iaintagreatpianist
2. Chopin - I'd probably opt to drink with him, maybe grab some food with him
Unless you were a close friend, this probably would not be very meaningful. You'd likely go home thinking about whether or not that thing he said was passive aggressive, which it was.

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Originally Posted by chopinetto
Originally Posted by iaintagreatpianist
2. Chopin - I'd probably opt to drink with him, maybe grab some food with him
Unless you were a close friend, this probably would not be very meaningful. You'd likely go home thinking about whether or not that thing he said was passive aggressive, which it was.
My apologies. Chopin was a revolutionary. It's just I have a love-hate relationship with his music. Think of it like this:

I can easily play two of MacDowell's etudes and possibly his concerto in D minor, but I can't even do some of the easier nocturnes by Chopin because those polyrhythms... it really frustrates me sometimes.

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1) Bach.
2) Beethoven.
3) Mozart.

All of the above are freely interchangeable. cool

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1: Bach, or Rodrigo (just because he was blind like I am)
2: Schubert, Schumann, or Wagner (did Wagner drink?)
3: Bach or Beethoven

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1. The greatest composers weren't always the greatest teachers, so maybe Nadia Boulanger.
If I had to pick a great composer, possibly Haydn.
2. Rossini. He loved great food, and probably could speak French. If not: Mozart had a reputation of not saying no to nice food and beverages.
3. Shostakovich. He had interesting ideas about aesthetics and philosophy. Problem: I don't speak Russian, and I don't know if he spoke other languages. So Beethoven, Bach and Schubert might be other choices. Or the Mendelssohn siblings.


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Originally Posted by chopinetto
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2. Chopin - I'd probably opt to drink with him, maybe grab some food with him
Unless you were a close friend, this probably would not be very meaningful. You'd likely go home thinking about whether or not that thing he said was passive aggressive, which it was.
What did Chopin say that was passive aggressive?


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I'm assuming that language barriers should not be a consideration.


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Originally Posted by patH
Originally Posted by chopinetto
Originally Posted by iaintagreatpianist
2. Chopin - I'd probably opt to drink with him, maybe grab some food with him
Unless you were a close friend, this probably would not be very meaningful. You'd likely go home thinking about whether or not that thing he said was passive aggressive, which it was.
What did Chopin say that was passive aggressive?
Chopin was a two-faced snob, not someone you'd really want to have a beer with, were he to even accept the invitation in the first place.


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