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Favorite Composers

A metalhead with a preference for romantic symphonists, what a fucking surprise.
25Ottorino Respighi

Although far from a genius, there's something strangely appealing about Respighi's tone poems, particularly his "Roman" trilogy. Or maybe it's just me. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHEi2_DoXEk
24Leos Janacek

A sort of modern Dvorak, Janacek achieved an interesting mixture between 20th century treatments of harmony and his native Czech melodies. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJJsjdRdjZ8
23Franz Berwald

An often undervalued Swedish symphonist with a flair for the somber (like any good Scandinavian). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBwqMuOW_Wg
22Bela Bartok

It's like being on the worst drugs or something. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ck6AZfJbSd4
21Ralph Vaughan Williams

A bit kitsch-y, sure, maybe the orchestrations are a bit sketchy, whatever, it's very good stuff, and he was a very creative. His chamber music is up there with the best of them. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9p6RhIoqESg
20Franz Liszt

Liszt could be a dick, but his music was mighty cool, and boy could he play piano. He's also the only programmatic composer (Wagner aside obviously) whose music I feel actually fits the chosen program. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zl4TNU27T_A
19Nicolo Paganini

Fucking Yngwie Malmsteen and shit. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkNF8lNve38
18Camille Saint-Saens

A french dude whose music has some big cojones. The closest you're gonna get to an interesting impressionist, even though he wasn't really an impressionist. Which sort of explains it I guess. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_2FKcorqqE
17Igor Stravinsky

He did everything and he did it all quite well, but my personal favorites are his early ballets. The sweaty, sexual rhythms and the pagan vibe just fucking kill it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZkIAVGlfWk
16Steve Reich

The only minimalist composer that really says much of anything to me. In the midst of all its modernity and ultra-cool urbanism his music actually manages to feel human, without treading into sketchy "holy minimalist" territory (a movement that I'm honestly still sort of making up my mind about, but that's a different matter). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TICsQzQ0cP0
15Gustav Mahler

It's like listening to fucking Godzilla or something. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJBTJdUZpjs&feature=related
14Robert Schumann

A late bloomer of the early romantic generation. Though some technical flaws are present because of his late development (particularly in the orchestration) his attitude and creativity more than make up for it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6s0g-0J53iI
13Anton Bruckner

This dude reminds of Motorhead: all his symphonies are based upon the same basic idea that occasionally gets a little tweak; but it's such a good idea, and he does it so well that, really, who gives a shit?
12Arnold Schoenberg

Unlike 99% of his followers, Schoenberg understood that atonality had to preserve the structural intelligence and dramatic sensibilities that had made the music of the classical and romantic periods great in order to last as anything more than a novelty. Because of this he was not only a revolutionary, but a true composer, and one of the greats. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqTYBYHTxMY
11Richard Wagner

Are you intimidated? You better be. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=146tTKSXu7s
10Johannes Brahms

His contemporaries ripped on him for being too "traditional," focusing on the surface issue that his music wasn't programmatic and ignoring the panache with which he was thrusting the Beethovenian tradition into new territory. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VmYTx4TsUs
9Antonin Dvorak

In my opinion the greatest of the Eastern European composers, he seamlessly melted the regional influences into his music while still being innovative and intelligent in his style and form. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRRHhCAUDI4
8Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

No, he's not number 1, but he's still pretty fucking awesome. As much as one would love to hate him, it's hard not to be in awe of his genius, and of how consistently this genius is evident in his work, no matter what genre he attempts. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O91_5NMbGOI
7Joseph Haydn

A compulsive writer and an obsessive perfectionist, he tends to sound stiff to modern ears, thanks mostly to performers who tend to play him as if they had a stick up their ass. When correctly interpreted the music reveals itself as exuberant and full of life, aside from technically magnificent. Besides he pretty much invented the way we still conceive of every genre, form the string quartet, to the mass all the way to the symphony (of which he wrote a shit-ton). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pnCMra99Cc
6Hector Berlioz

The symphony never really recovered from the stamp of this madman, and it would take half a century before Wagner and Liszt even began to catch up to his innovations in harmony and orchestration, not to mention his lustful, wild and raucous sound. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLg-j6JbaqM
5Felix Mendelssohn

A brilliant composer who creates a marvellous bridge between the classical style and the romantic era. His mastery of the violin is unparalleled. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhPED03ziZE
4Franz Schubert

The archetypal tragic romantic genius, Schubert reminds one of Keats, both in spirit and in fate. The last four years of his life gather more brilliance than most composers' lifetimes, and there is no question in my mind that he is the single greatest composer of chamber music ever. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4amAXJnBubs
3Jean Sibelius

Party-poopers and fat people everywhere hate him because his music is so beautiful they think it's made in directly in mockery of them. What escapes his detractors is the subtlety of his architecture, the brilliance of his restraint, the valiant innovations of his form. Though he is best known as a symphonist, the peak of his powers is displayed in his impeccable single orchestral statements, such as Finlandia, Tapiola, Pohjola's Daughter, the Violin Concerto and the spectral, majestic monster that is his seventh symphony. He was the future, but no one listened. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHHfvdAqvn8
2Johann Sebastian Bach

Well, duh. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2YMSt3yfko
1Ludwig Van Beethoven

Parara-ra! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcGQV1hRHJ4
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