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beethoven, bach and mozart are the "big 3"

i really like handel as well. and vivaldi. heck most of the big names you've heard of are really good.

it might be better to get recommendations for specific pieces?
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But yeah, everyone has already stated the composers that I would have said.
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Ralph Vaughan Williams, my favorite composer
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Bach is the best, without a doubt.
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Bach, Rachmaninov, Grieg, and Chopin are some of my favorites. There's also Bloch, Mendelssohn, and Bruch.
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like I even need to say anything

...modes and scales are still useless.


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I already have a lot of Bach, Beethoven, and I know "a london symphony" by Williams (I like that piece a lot), and I have some Haydn, some Tchaikovsky, I have "Dance of the Knights" by Sergei Prokofiev, so those are some guys that I like, is there anyone like them? They are all different so if there are people like one of them if you would be so kind as to make a list or something, that would be very appreciated!
I didn't know about Brahms, he's good! Thanks
#16
I always advocate for knowing a few very well over simply being familiar with a lot.

A lot of Bach and Beethoven doesn't mean anything. You can listen to even just one Beethoven string quartet and glean something new and profound every time.

I've listened to Bach for years and I'm not even a quarter through his known catalog. Same with Beethoven and Brahms.

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Brahms, Mozart, Schubert, Puccini are my favorite classical composers. As far as choral composers, I love Eric Whitacre, Rene Clausen, Irving Fine, and Corigliano are my favies
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Really depends on what kind of composers and what they wrote that you like. Like you could be into the romantic era and into the piano sonatas of that era, but not anything else. It's hard to say who are good composers for you when we don't know what you like, cause all eras of classical music are different. And there is a drastic change from the medieval era to the romantic era.

Personally though, i enjoy choir/choral music from the medieval and renaissance eras.
I'd recommend listening to the work of composers like Hildegard von bingen, Guillaume Dufay, Léonin, Thomas Tallis, William Byrd and John Dowland if you find yourself enjoying that stuff.

Here's an example of what i enjoy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFwxnWWjIeU
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That was beautiful, there's nothing like top notch cellist. I've got a bit of favoritism for Von ewiger Liebe though, as it's the piece I'm currently studying.

Another suggestion for OP would be Schumann. His Dichterliebe is absolutely heartbreaking.

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Search for HALIDONMUSIC on YouTube. They have a large list of 'Best Of' collections.

For me, no one touches Tchaikovsky.
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I didn't know about Brahms, he's good! Thanks


if you like bach you'd likely like a lot of the other baroque guys- vivaldi (four seasons), boccherini (minuet), albinoni (adagio), handel (arrival of the queen of sheba, water music (hornpipe), music for the royal fireworks (la rejouissance), largo, sarabande... loads of good handel, really).

schubert is a bit like beethoven to my ears- the trout, unfinished symphony, symphony #5 are all good (loads of good schubert too- that goes for all the stuff i'm listing, I'm just listing the really famous stuff)

haydn's a bit like mozart

not so well up on the other ones (i love tchaikovsky, just can't think of anyone offhand who's really like him).
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^^ yea I think most 'shred' guitarists would like Liszt's piano etudes. Listen to Mazeppa first. It gets old after awhile but worth a listening.
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Tchaikovsky. I like him because my dear mother was a pro ballerina. So lots of his music is around the house.

Guitar techniques magazine recently did a classical guitar transcription for Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy. So expressive.
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This is almost too big a question, can you imagine the answers if you just asked people to recommend you a band to listen to?

Just like pop music all the composers learn off each other and every now and again a new composer came along to move music along to a new 'genre'. At any period there was plenty of creativity but music then was just as much of it's time as it is now. If you like Bach it is likely that you are going to like other 'Baroque' composers like vivaldi, Albinoni and so on. If you find something you like then looking at other music written about the same time is likely to be rewarding.

Having said that there are some real blockbusters out there which are really worth listening to.

In the 19th century there were some fantastic virtuoso concerto's written, fantastic solo instrument over an orchestral background. The grandaddy was Beethoven, have a listen to the Violin Concerto and the Fifth Piano Concerto, then try the Bruch Violin Concerto http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKwmfkDQ_Ws and the Dvorak Cello Concerto http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxYbF-Yzdf0

If you like these then get hold of the Jacqueline DuPree version of the Elgar Cello Concerto written just after the end of the first world war, if you don't cry you didn't get it.

Then try something written just after Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, you'll recognise the first few bars but the whole thing is just so exciting (and in places quite funny if you have a translation of the lyrics.)

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Mahler, Strauss, Stravinsky, Berlioz, Brahms, Mozart, Wagner, Shostakovich, Prokofiev. Those are the big orchestral composers that everyone seems to get into in the first semester of music school (at least where I go). They're all pretty awesome, you really can't go wrong with any of them, though your personal taste may vary. I myself am not really a Wagner fan, which is inopportune because my roommate is a trombonist and Wagner excerpts are their natural anthems.
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Messiaen never seems to get mentioned as much as Stravinsky or Schoenberg or whoever else but for my money 'Quartet for the End of the Time' is one of the best (The best?) pieces of 20th century music.

Alban Berg was a cool guy too. That violin concerto is one heck of a piece.

Beethoven is still the bestest though.
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