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Fresh, natural, Nordic and Scandinavian that differs from all other composers (but Grieg). I love to listen the wind, sea and smell of deep green summer forests in the music, Especially the Symphony No. 2.
he's the best of all time, here are my top ten
1. Igor Stravinsky
2. Antonio Vivaldi OHH who cares
Composer of the greatest and most influential pieces of all time- The Rite of Spring
Although think that composers such as Vivaldi, Beethoven, Wagner, Bach are more influential and important to music and even other Romantic era musicians such as Rachmaninoff, Holst and Elgar but Mr Williams is just a musical messiah. No other composer had this much passion for music and culture. He traveled the UK pubs learning local folk songs and recording them in order to preserve them, effectively saving a whole era of British music almost single-handedly.
I'm not a patriot by any means but Ralph Vaughn Williams is one of the few people that honestly makes me glad to be British. Also, it has been reported that he was one of the kindest, most selfless men around by his peers and family. Nobody has the ability to 'flow' music better than Williams, just listen to 'Thomas Talis on a theme fantasia' while someone like Beethoven just seems to build to crescendo after crescendo, Williams does the complete opposite and mostly teases towards crescendos such as with pieces like Barbers Adagio.
This is just my taste in music, I also have massive respect and love for various Baroque composers and even earlier as I have mentioned above. Most Classical is just not my cup of tea. I just find it far to show off-y and as much as I can respect the complexity of something like Mozart, I just can't stand to listen to it, I find it too emotionless, so take that as you will. Although there are exceptions.
I am proud of yoshiki being in the list, he is so a great composer and I think he is something like our XXI century mozart just saying...
Schumann, Brahms, Handel and Haydn are all too low, but I voted for Schumann because he was lowest of all of these. Second greatest lieder writer of all time, and also one of the greatest composers of solo piano music, plus some great orchestral and chamber works.
Best known for his symphony, "The Planets, " Gustav Holst is a real icon for the late romantic era and early British nationalist music. Fond of folk tunes? Have a go at his Symphonies in E flat and F for military band - two of the greatest wind pieces I have ever heard, and a heartbreakingly beautiful interpretation of the English folk world.
Have we all forgotten the first great romantic composer, and his awe-inspiring "Symphonie Fantastique"? This man truly deserves to be in at least the top ten!
His waltzes are to die for, I just soar whilst listening to them. Blue Danube, Voices of Spring, Annen-Polka...
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