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Who is your favourite composer?

Asked by flutherother (30154points) August 25th, 2010

Music is quite important in most people’s lives. Is there a special composer who means more to you than any other?

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Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

My partner, first and foremost. And then Beethoven.

Austinlad's avatar

Ralph Vaughan Williams

TexasDude's avatar

J. S. Bach.

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring will always have a special place in my heart.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I like Vivaldi and Frank Zappa among many others.

Rarebear's avatar

Gorecki, then Part

nellybar's avatar

Shostakovich – legend.

Jude's avatar

Léo Delibes


Callas – favorite opera singer.

muppetish's avatar

Claude Debussy’s compositions make me feel calm and at peace.

flutherother's avatar

I agree with lucillelucillelucille, 50% anyway. I think that Frank Zappa is the best and have done for a whole lot of years.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Leoš Janáček

ragingloli's avatar

Harry Gregson Williams. Followed by Hans Zimmer.
Then there is J.S. Bach and Beethoven.

Cruiser's avatar

Steve Morse is an amazing composer…just beautiful works.

Deja_vu's avatar

Let alone being my favorite, Ludwig van Beethoven hearing loss did not prevent his composing music. Beethoven sawed off the legs of his piano and would put his head to the ground to feel the vibrations while composing. When I feel like I can’t accomplish a task, I like to think of him. Very inspiring.

rebbel's avatar

I second @jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities‘s answer, Сергей Васильевич Рахманинов.
Not the greatest connaisseur on classical music, me, i must admit, but Сергей touches me.

In non-classical music my vote is for Nick Drake.

muppetish's avatar

@rebbel It’s no secret that I am in love with Nick Drake. His entire body of work is painfully beautiful.

rebbel's avatar

Exactly my feeling i would use the exact same words: painfully and beautiful.

Austinlad's avatar

Gorecki’s Symphony No. 3, Op. 36, also known as the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs…


OpryLeigh's avatar

I really like Handel as well as Beetoven, Mozart and Puccini

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DominicX's avatar

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky has been my favorite for a long time. His ballet music is amazing and my goal is to collect as much music by him a possible. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is also way up there. His music is colorful and exotic; when I first heard his Russian Easter Overture at age 8, I was completely blown away. Next would come Gustav Mahler (greatest symphonic composer of all time) and then Dmitri Shostakovich (for his symphonies mainly; I like a lot of Russians) and Leo Delibes (completely underrated amazing ballet composer).

LuckyGuy's avatar

After reading the book Godel, Escher, Bach by Hofstadter, Bach wins.
He was one smart guy!

Aster's avatar

Clair de Lune – Debussy

MrsDufresne's avatar

Vivaldi, Thomas Newman, Craig Armstrong

ArimasuKa's avatar

Raymond Scott—best known for “Powerhouse”, which was incorporated into countless Warner Bros. cartoons. Check him out. YouTube is probably your best bet.

Jeruba's avatar

Tough Q. I can narrow it down this much:


There are many more for whom I would sit in the driveway to hear the end of the piece on the car radio or even a CD.

absalom's avatar

Shostakovich is the only to have elicited, like, a physiological response from me, so I’m gonna go with ol’ Shosty.

Bach is next.

DominicX's avatar


I feel like Shostakovich isn’t talked about enough. I’m glad you like his music. :) Do you like his symphonies? Which one is your favorite?

absalom's avatar


Probably No. 5, in part because of how the fourth movement affected me so much and how I later learned that Shostakovich felt the climax was contrived and sort of disingenuous. Listening to it more I think I understood what he meant. But I guess he kind of tricked me (and all the Soviet officials then, too) and I don’t think I’ve ever been so adroitly manipulated by another composer or musician since or before.

DominicX's avatar


That’s a really interesting way of looking at it. I have a documentary featuring the SF Symphony all about Shostakovich’s 5th. It’s definitely one of the best. My personal favorite is the 4th and it’s so sad that the 4th wasn’t performed until 25 years after it was written because of all the Stalinist suppression. The 4th also requires the largest orchestra and has the most haunting ending in my opinion. Also, the 12th, sometimes regarded as his worst symphony, is one that I’ve been getting into a lot more lately; underrated, definitely. :)

mammal's avatar

i like what Chopin did with the piano, more than Beethoven, Satie and Rachmaninov, but i like them too. As far as orchestral and so on i would have thought Wagner would get a mention, he was immense. Possibly even Faure for his requiem.

Jeruba's avatar

Wagner would be in my top ten, but I’d rather go the rest of my life without hearing Wagner than without hearing Verdi.

Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

Antonio Vivaldi was the Man!

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