Favorite composer?

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    Aug 12, 2010 6:13 PM GMT
    Who is everyone's favorite classical composer?

    Erich Wolfgang Korngold for beautiful orchestral/concert/movie music

    Gioachino Rossini for high energy fast paced music
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    Aug 12, 2010 6:19 PM GMT
    Mozart

    But Korngold is wonderful, especially his movie scores. Few people today know of him, so I find that an interesting selection.
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    Aug 18, 2010 10:44 PM GMT
    Ravel. If he wasn't gay overtly he's got to be in his music.

    WikipediaBenjamin Ivry's 2000 biography of Ravel, "The Secret Pan," sets out in contrast to demonstrate that Ravel was a very secretive gay man, and that his hidden homosexuality explains both the aridity of his human relationships and the sensuality of his music. The evidence is highly circumstantial: Ravel doted on his mother, dressed as a dandy, and wrote music for songs about beautiful young boys, but there is no proof that he ever had a male (or female) lover. Ivry's evidence is instead of a man whose sexuality was stunted: Ravel in the 1920s settled in a Paris suburb where he read, composed, and collected pornography. The sensuality, as Ivry notes, was reserved for the music: Indifférent "is a wistful love lyric to a beautiful youth in the pederastic tradition of medieval Arab poetry," Shéhérazade is to a text of unabashed homoeroticism by Ravel's gay friend Klingsor ("My shaved slave will massage your powerful rear ('ton puissant derrière') and heavy sex with soapy hands,"), and Bolero is the perfect musical expression of a sexual release which Ravel may never have enjoyed with a companion of any gender.[92]
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    Aug 18, 2010 10:52 PM GMT
    Orf, Wagner, Basil Poledouris, and Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev, among others. I like all types of Classical music, but especially those that are bombastic, one might even say 'pagan', anthems. It really goes against the widespread perception that orchestral music is some how more meek or retired than modern forms. I would rank Orf's 'O Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi' up there in sheer 'heaviness' with any heavy metal. The blending of the two genres in some Scandinavian artists like Tarja Turunen shows how much they drink of the same inspiration and vibe. Just check out Nightwish's 'Ghost Love Score'. Very powerful stuff!

    By way of example http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEAgchvPcc8
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    Aug 18, 2010 11:06 PM GMT
    There are quite a few, but if you held a gun to my head, I would choose Handel: