MY FAVOURITE COMPOSER

midwalesman

Member
The greats ...

Agreed with everyone's lists...John Adams, surely the best living composer, I love his music. At the same time I think Stravinsky has got to be the most influential composer of the last century, along with John Cage and his chance theories etc. Shoshtakovich again is a legend, but I'm just getting into listening to Vaughan Williams, especially his symphonies, the London, the fifth symphony and especially the Sea Symphony. Mahler and his Symphonies are just out of this world.

AArrrgghhhh....so much great music its hard to choose one.

The band composer has got to be Bourgeois, extended pieces of real quality, the Concerto Grosso and Devil are awesome.

Anyway, enough....
 

TIMBONE

Active Member
JANACEK

Some interesting stuff. What is of particular interest is the mention of 'avant garde' composers like Webern and Peter Maxwell Davies - IMAGINE SOME OF THEIR MUSIC FOR BRASS BAND! - it would make the test piece "Prague" sound like a 'Sunday afternoon in the park tune'!

Another interesting one is several mentions of the contemporary JOHN ADAMS.

WAGNER seems a clear favourite.

However, has noone heard the magical, idiosyncratic, pure emotion and passion and triumph of JANACEK?

It was nice to see Malcolm Arnold mentioned. Lovely, entertaining but at the same time poignant music. A very underrated composer, having to suffer the onslaught of the musical snobbery, beacause he wrote 'nice tunes', and 'film music'.
 

Mark Bousie

Member
Shostakovich, Mahler, Wagner, Bruckner, Sibelius, Stravinsky, Vaughan Williams, Bartok...the list goes on! Its noticeable, but probably not that surprising that us banders have a very strong preference for late Romantic and 20th/21st Century composers. Not many votes for Bach, Mozart etc
 

TIMBONE

Active Member
intersting

Mark Bousie said:
Shostakovich, Mahler, Wagner, Bruckner, Sibelius, Stravinsky, Vaughan Williams, Bartok...the list goes on! Its noticeable, but probably not that surprising that us banders have a very strong preference for late Romantic and 20th/21st Century composers. Not many votes for Bach, Mozart etc

Interesting point. A thought. It was early days, brass instruments were confined to valvless trumpets and horns, and sacbutts(trombones)were an afterthought, (it is even questioned as to whether Mozart really DID intend them in his Reqium). The music of Bach and Mozart is brilliant but 'light' compared with the late Romantics and Twentieth Century, (and 21st of course). Maybe us brass banders like noise and we like to feel things 'tingle' !!!
 

Mark Bousie

Member
Almost certainly! I do think that musicians especially like to listen to things where they can really appreciate the skill involved and obviously for us that is going to include works with a significant use of the brass section. Plus, most of the repertoire we perform (originals or transcriptions) is from the last 150 years or so.
 

MoominDave

Well-Known Member
Well, if no one else will, I'll put my name down for Herr Johann Sebastian Bach, who penned the nearest approaches to musical godliness that have ever graced our ears. He wrote nothing that was not sublime in some way.

Some more personal favourites from earlier times to help balance out our list:

Giovanni Gabrieli
William Byrd
Guillaime de Machaut
 

iggmeister

Member
My faves are Tchaikovsky and Mozart although people seem to notmention them any more for fearing that you only like them because their music has been used on so many television adverts/ programmes and have therefore been 'commercialised'.

I like various pieces by other composers but cant put my hand on my heart and say that I like all of their music but, generally, any music by Tchaik or Mozart catches my ear.

I agree with the comments that have been made that it seems 'brass people' like noisier music which features brass a lot and get the heair standing up on the back of your neck. I have to admit that I always listen out for how good the brass parts are first before considering whether the music is any good.

Igg
 

Lothianh

Member
It has to be Sibelius for me, especially his 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 7th Symphonies. And then there's all his tone poems, incidental music, etc...

My dark horse symphonic composer is Carl Nielsen - his symphonies are just fantastic, with some great writing for brass and percussion (timpani battle in the 4th Symphony, chaotic ad lib snare part in the 5th).

Dvorak, Beethoven, Wagner, Bruckner, Berlioz, Richard Strauss are all up there near the top of the list as well (in roughly that order, although it depends on what day you ask me).

-Lothian
 

ScrapingtheBottom

Active Member
Lothianh said:
My dark horse symphonic composer is Carl Nielsen - his symphonies are just fantastic, with some great writing for brass and percussion (timpani battle in the 4th Symphony, chaotic ad lib snare part in the 5th).

I'd have to agree with you there, recently played his "Incidental Music for Aladin" - Quality Bass Trom part in the first movement.

My favs are:

Gustav Mahler
Ludwig Von Beethoven
John Williams
Benjamin Britten
 

Lothianh

Member
ScrapingtheBottom said:
Lothianh said:
My dark horse symphonic composer is Carl Nielsen - his symphonies are just fantastic, with some great writing for brass and percussion (timpani battle in the 4th Symphony, chaotic ad lib snare part in the 5th).

I'd have to agree with you there, recently played his "Incidental Music for Aladin" - Quality Bass Trom part in the first movement.

Are you familiar with the overture to Nielsen's comic opera "Maskarade"?? Fun little piece, which I think might make a great little arrangement for brass band - although there are a lot of 2nd violin/viola sextuplets in the accompaniment which might get a little tedious...

-Lothian
 
I'm quite into a few different composers at the moment. Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Shostakovich, John Williams, Mendelssohn, Stravinsky and one that no one seems to have mentioned so far- Borodin. His Polovtsian Dances is absolutely fantastic!!!!! I love it!! It's my fave piece at the moment.
 

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