I was just wondering, what's the top ten composers, so the 10 composers you like the most? I want to do a kind of survey
. I'll give points to composers who are in the top ten, so if you put a composer at 1, it gets 10 points, at 2 it gets 9 points, etc. till at 10 it gets 1 point.
1. Chopin - 10
2. Schubert - 9
3. Liszt - 8
4. Beethoven - 7
5. Rachmaninov - 6
6. Debussy - 5
7. Schumann - 4
8. Prokofiev - 3
9. Haydn - 2
10. Bach - 1
Chopin is my favorite composers, I also like Schubert and Liszt, and my top 5 would include Beethoven and Rachmaninov. I like French music (Ravel would be no. 12 maybe, his works are wounderful), Schumann has written some works I really like, Haydn is my favorite classical composer (not counting Beethoven) and Bach is only because he is the best composer IMO, although not my favorite. I would put Brahms on 10 if Bach wrote pieces that sound like that but are not that good. Prokofiev is my favorite 10th century composer (not counting Debussy).
No place for Mozart, I don't really like his works that much. Some of his Sonatas are nice to hear, but his works tend to sound similar, even if you know them very well. The style is just very similar in all works I think. Haydn was more original I think. Don Giovanni is IMO his best work.
No place for Verdi, Puccini, Gluck, Purcell, Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini etc., because I don't really like operas.
No place for Händel and Scarlatti, Händel because I don't like his keyboard works (although his orchestral music can be really good), Scarlatti could've been 11 maybe, I like his music, but just not enough for a top 10 place.
No place for Berlioz, Wagner, Bruckner and Mahler because they haven't written many piano works, and I don't like their style, I prefer the Brahms side.
I don't really like 20th century (although Shostakovich's first violin concerto is one of my favorites in that genre) and modern composers (I dislike Cage, Copland, Stockhausen, Xenakis very much).
Feel free to share yours.