Classical music composers

List your favorite composers here!

I’m very new to the world of classical music and I want to know more composers that i like…
I love ‘minimal music’ made by Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Terry Riley, La Monte Young, Simeon ten Holt.
Now listening and reading about Claude Debussy.

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Listen to Nico Muhly if you want someone contemporary. Some very good work to be discovered.

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My flute background pushes me to love Debussy, and Messiaen with him, whose work is equally wonderful and has been inspired both harmonically and spiritually by Debussy’s. In this era, time and space (space being France), while I’m at it, I’d also add André Jolivet and Albert Roussel, who, while being “smaller” composer, I think wrote a few very intriguing and inventive pieces. But yeah, Debussy forever, and ever.

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hard for me to delineate classical and ambient because they do the same thing to my head…here are some composers and groups i listen to (i can mention specific pieces if you like)

toru takemitsu
duncan o’halloran
tristan perich
miguel atwood-ferguson
charlemagne palestine
clint mansell
@marcus_fischer
uakti
max richter
stars of the lid
slow six
danny clay
erik satie

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did you ever play any Hindemith? As another lapsed flautist, I have vague recollections of greatly enjoying his works and the shape of his music.

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“classical” is blurry considering “modern classical” goes all over the map. so this may seem a bit random, but here are some favorites:

david borden


robert ashley


morton feldman

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_Q-1u6sNgQ


tony conrad


arvo part


moondog

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thanks a lot for the recommendations so far everyone!

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i’ve posted this piece before in another thread… but it belongs here also

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my head took me here after that

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my head is gonna do this all day

@tehn posting re tim hecker reminded me of one collaborator i just discovered: kara-lis coverdale

i cant fully rep her as i’m still researching but she might be enjoyable for others

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Wow, this thread is only 7 hours old and it’s already likely to keep me busy for days.

Here’s my favorite version of Riley’s “In C”.

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I like a LOT of the music that was already liste.
But just off the top of my head I would add:

Gavin Bryars

and

Michael Nyman

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Ligeti !!!



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esDkIW6oEBg

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Xenakis !!!



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why have I not heard of her?
thank you nik

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Random Top with one random suggestion :

Ligeti (Musica Riccercata)
Varèse (Amériques)
Xenakis (Mists)
Ravel (Piano concerto in G, 2nd movement)
Debussy (String Quartet)
Bartok (violin duets)
Stravinsky (Firebird)
Mahler (symphony n5)
Gesualdo (Madrigals)
Monteverdi (Madrigals)
Moondog (music for organ)
Scarlatti (sonatas, Horowitz version is amazing)
Beethoven (some string quartets are crazy)
Richard Strauss (4 last lieders)
Brahms (intermezzi for piano)
Luciano Berio (O King)

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sweet thread! some of these are clearly not classical, but they register somewhere near there in my mind’s ear.

ravel

cage

rachel’s (classified more as post-rock, but I love love love them)


feldman

jonny greenwood’s sdtrk stuff

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Actually I did play some Hindemith! Completeley forgot about him so thanks for reminding me, I did like his work when I played it. Some of my favorite pieces for flute though (both to play and listen) are as follow:

Syrinx - Claude Debussy (an unbeatable classic)
Le Merle Noir - Messiaen
Sonate pour flute et piano - Poulenc
Sonata in D Major for flute and piano - Prokofiev
Density 21.5 - Edgar Varèse (for the sonic texture and inovative way to use flute even though it’s super hard to acheive without breaking everyone’s ears)
Fantasie pour flute - Gabriel Fauré

Now that i think about it I could go on and on so I’ll just leave it there! :slight_smile:

Some of my personal favourites:

  • J.S. Bach
  • St Matthew Passion (Eliot Gardiner)
  • Christmas Oratorio (Eliot Gardiner)
  • Goldberg Variations (Gould, Hewitt)
  • Ravel
  • Ma Mere L’Oye (Labeque Sisters)
  • Beethoven
  • Piano Sonata No. 31 (Lewis)
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