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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.
24Leos Janacek

A sort of modern Dvorak, Janacek achieved an interesting mixture between 20th
century treatments of harmony and his native Czech melodies.
23Franz Berwald

An often undervalued Swedish symphonist with a flair for the somber (like any
good Scandinavian).
22Bela Bartok

It's like being on the worst drugs or something.
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.
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.
19Nicolo Paganini

Fucking Yngwie Malmsteen and shit.
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.
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.
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).
15Gustav Mahler

It's like listening to fucking Godzilla or something.
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.
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.
11Richard Wagner

Are you intimidated? You better be.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
2Johann Sebastian Bach

Well, duh.
1Ludwig Van Beethoven

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