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This blog is a chance for us to share reviews, commentary, and interviews with you, but it's also a chance for everyone out there to talk about classical music. Every Friday, I'm going to post a question to help get this discussion started. This week, I want to know:
Who is your favorite composer?
At first I thought this was an easy question, but when I tried to come up with answer, I couldn't pick just one...Beethoven? Sibelius? Berlioz? Osvaldo Golijov? JS Bach? Mahler? And if I spent more than a minute thinking about it, I'd be even less sure! It's just too hard for me to decide. So, here's an alternate request:
Who is one of your favorite composers?
Now you don't have to feel bad if you leave someone out--this name can be one of your (many) favorites. And I'll be flexible; you can list a few runners-up.
To post comments, you do have to create an account, over on the left. It's pretty quick and painless, and then you can use it to post comments any time you want.
I'll post my answer some time next week--it's your turn first!
|While I could never narrow it down to just one, out of a number of favorites I always mention Anton Bruckner. |
And I don't even listen to his music that much - orchestras don't play it very often, and you rarely hear it on the radio. I guess that's why any time you do get to hear it, it seems so special. I appreciate its solemn and reverent qualities. It seems like music from a place largely separate from daily life.
Posted by: Paul Helfrich at 7/3/2008 2:22 PM
Thanks for your comments=) That's an excellent description of Bruckner's music.
Bruckner is a tough one for me--his symphonies are so long I've found them overwhelming (especially when I heard one on a concert as a kid). But then I heard his psalm settings, and loved them. Another gem, which a listener recently brought to my attention, is his Te Deum.
The symphonies are generally too long to fit within the radio schedules, but we occasionally play some of his other works (I think he came to mind more often when I programmed an early morning classical music show).
I would love hear some Bruckner in concert now that I'm older and better able to sit still and listen.
Posted by: Mona Seghatoleslami( Visit ) at 7/3/2008 4:52 PM