MY FAVOURITE COMPOSER

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by TIMBONE, Feb 19, 2004.

  1. TIMBONE

    TIMBONE Active Member

    Who is your favourite composer?, or maybe more than one in particular. I am referring to 'orchestral' based, established composers in the world of Western classical music.

    Mine is the Czech composer Leos Janacek.

    I must go to band practise now, (as we are preparing to win the North West Regionals). When I am 'chilling' again, I will give reasons as to why JANACEK is so awesome - (His "Sinfonietta" is enough to blow you away).
     
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  3. Okiedokie of Oz

    Okiedokie of Oz Active Member

    For Brass bands, it's a tossup between Sparke and Langford.

    Orchestral......John Williams.
     
  4. James McFadyen

    James McFadyen New Member

    John Adams!!!

    Although Mark-Antony Turnage is fantastic - his 'Momentum' was featured in the 2003 Proms.

    William Walton is fantastic too - he knowns how to make a good finale!!

    Vince Mendoza is brilliant - super Orchestration skills.


    Out of all these, my favourite has to be John Adams

    For Brass Band music: Philip Sparke
     
  5. shedophone

    shedophone Member

    To list one or two:

    Beethoven
    Wagner
    Mahler
    Rachmaninov
    Tchaikovsky
    Britten
    Walton
    Maric
    Bernstein
    Peter Max Davies

    (john williams)- he can't half write a tune, its just a shame he only uses one sort of texture! Gets a bit monotonous after a while...
     
  6. MRSH

    MRSH Supporting Member

    Agree with these and would add:

    Bruckner
    Shostakovich
    Prokofiev

    Also getting to like Karl Jenkins stuff. (The Armed Man - wonderful piece)
     
  7. BottyBurp

    BottyBurp Member

    Shostakovich. Really gets to the soul...
     
  8. Straightmute

    Straightmute Active Member

    Of the 'greats' it's between Stravinsky and Webern for me. I have Stravinsky days and Webern days and I can't decide between them!

    Of living composers, Birtwistle, Ligeti and Steve Martland (weird group!) have made the biggest impression.

    D
     
  9. GJG

    GJG Well-Known Member

    Not sure I would have consciously chosen him as my 'favourite', however, having just checked my LP/CD collections I seem to have more recordings of music by Richard Strauss than by anyone else ........

    Perhaps it's a trumpet-player 'thing' ..........

    G.
     
  10. MRSH

    MRSH Supporting Member

    Of course - I forgot him. Richard Strauss - fantastic.
     
  11. Naomi McFadyen

    Naomi McFadyen New Member

    cant beat a nice bit of Stravvy :D
    also LOVE John Adams and John Williams :grnsm

    For brass band composers... mmmmmmm...


    Love ya all! :lol:
     
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  13. Aidan

    Aidan Active Member

    non brass band, john williams and mahler
    brass band.. dunno hehe there are lots.. doing a lot by Ray Steadman-Allen and John Golland at the moment.. both great composers very underrated!
     
  14. ABERDEEN LOON

    ABERDEEN LOON Member

    Nothing better than Wagner.

    Also like John Williams and stravinsky.

    From a Brass band point of view, favourites would include:

    Eric ball,
    Phill wilbey,
    Phillip Sparke and
    Vinters
     
  15. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    Tend to fluctuate a bit from time to time, but current orchestral favourites would include:

    Bruckner
    Bax
    Messiaen
    MacMillan
    Stravinsky
    George Lloyd
    Malcom Arnold

    For bands:

    Les Condon
    Philip Wilby
    Martin Ellerby
    Gilbert Vinter
     
  16. Straightmute

    Straightmute Active Member

    Agreed. Nothing is better than Wagner.

    D
     
  17. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    Or longer :?: :shock: :lol:

    (just kidding :!: )
     
  18. MRSH

    MRSH Supporting Member

    Mahler is.
     
  19. ABERDEEN LOON

    ABERDEEN LOON Member

    :shock:

    I thought that it was a rude joke for a second!

    Just the trombonist coming out of me for a second: never happer than when making a smutty comment! :D
     
  20. ukdrummerboy

    ukdrummerboy Member

    JOHN WILLIAMS! enough said! (most of his pieces even work well for brass band!)

    Brass Band composers tho, would have to be Phillip Sparke and Kenneth Downie
     
  21. shedophone

    shedophone Member

    Ive just spent 4 weeks studying Wagner, it was fantastic. We got to listen to (and watch) large chunks of the Ring, Tristan and Parsifal.
    For my assignment i'm having a crack at writing a scene from a 'music drama' myself.
    A bit ambitious but exciting.
     
  22. MRSH

    MRSH Supporting Member

    Marvellous. Although I find some of the Ring sleep inducing. But would agree that Parsifal is brilliant.

    Blimey. I bet you'll have great fun. Good luck.
     

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