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Some of the greatest classical musicians in history share their thoughts on music, life and everything else. The 50 Greatest Composers. By Internaut updated over 8 years ago. According to Phil G. Goulding in his book "Classical Music - The 50 Greatest Composers and Their 1, Greatest Works". 1 – 25 of Prev; 1; 2 Dmitri Shostakovich. A critic picks his top 10 classical music composers, along with an act of In some ways, as I wrote to one reader, either a list of 5 or a list of
Over his lifetime, he produced over cantatas, concertos, and suites, which are still considered among the most beautifully arranged pieces of all time. Not exactly a lightweight. The Rolling Stones They may have claimed "It's only rock n' roll," but the music of the Rolling Stones helped define a generation. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the crew came to represent the edgier side of the British Invasion, serving as countercultural symbols of youthful rebellion and sexual liberation during a time of sweeping social change.
By the Stones were dominating charts around the world. We owe much of today's pop-rock structures to the music they pioneered.
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His seminal composition, it is a moving and patriotic call for solidarity. But Xinghai's legacy also includes over other works, and his unique perspective on western classical traditions challenged his contemporaries to move beyond imitating European composers.
In the process, he gave form to a distinctive Chinese art form that has guided generations of Eastern musicians. The man born Christopher Wallace brought a swagger to hip-hop that other rappers today — fifteen years after his death — still can't touch.
Considered by many to be the greatest MC ever, Biggie told complex and emotional stories through intricate rhymes that sounded effortless.
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Never contrived and never soft, he remains beloved by underground and mainstream fans alike. Just as his career was taking off, he was killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles, the details of which are still disputed. Bob Marley Reggae singer-songwriter Bob Marley has become a college-stoner icon, but in his embrace of the Rastafari movement he was as much a fighter as a lover.
His political and social calls to action, which urged repatriation to Africa, are as galvanizing today as they were 40 years ago. Though he hailed from Jamaica, he remains perhaps the cultural icon of island countries and the African diaspora around the world. The mother of reinvention, she has endlessly reworked her image and style, affecting our culture in myriad, rippling ways.
Though she's sometimes criticized for following fads in her personal life, when it comes to her music the culture usually mirrors her. Caetano Veloso Branded the Bob Dylan of Brazil, Caetano Veloso co-founded Tropicalia, the progressive poetry, theater and music movement that helped define Latin America's psychedelic '60s.
Alongside his fellow conspirator, Gilberto Gil, Veloso fused Bossa Nova, African rhythms, and acid-drenched acoustic guitar with a political consciousness that found him censored, banned, incarcerated and eventually exiled by the country's military dictatorship.
The recipe was complex but simple: A decade and a half after his death, he's the subject of a Tony-nominated Broadway musical, two sons are gifted heirs to his sound, and he's a sub-Saharan icon almost on par with Mandela. Yet beyond the myth are the songs: Miles Davis Somehow in his more than forty years of recording, Miles Davis never drifted into irrelevancy. He was an intense and spiritual figure who refused to be pigeon-holed by any single style of expression.
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Through his trumpet playing and band leadership, he constantly sought new ways to manifest improvised performance. This rejection of the status quo put him at the forefront of major developments in jazz and rock last century - including bebop, cool jazz, fusion, and even jazz hip-hop.
No one else in music can claim such a long reign as the King of Cool. Billie Holiday Billie Holiday didn't write that many of her songs, but her gift, like that of an inspired classical musician, was in the interpretation.
Her voice summoned that which was dramatic, urgent and necessary as if from the center of the earth.
Today's politically minded performers could take inspiration from her protest music; she knew that imagery and real soul impact listeners more strongly than corny, overly-dogmatic messages. This medieval theorist of the 11th century was the dude responsible for inventing the notation we still use today. In other words, without him we wouldn't have sheet music. Oh yeah, and you know that mnemonic "do-re-mi-fa-so-la-te-do"?
I love the eclectic, electrifying score for Evita; no Lloyd Webber score is without soaring, sometimes insistently memorable, melodies, though these have become sparser in his later shows such as The Woman in White and Stephen Ward.
But Love Never Dies, his initially ill-fated sequel to Phantom, has a beautiful score, originally underrated owing to a malfunctioning book.
It has since been tidied up originally, uncredited, by Bill Kenwright, who came in to redirect the original West End production and was seen to its best effect in a stunningly designed new production for its Australian debut, that was also filmed. The first was Lorenz Hart, which began in and ran toending only when Hart died the next year. But it was with Oscar Hammerstein II, who has already appeared in this list, that Rodgers really stretched the form with innovative treatments of challenging material, and some of the greatest songs in the popular musical catalogue.
Together, they would become the most successful writing partnership in Broadway history. Each show in turn seemed to produce a series of hit songs. The King and I The Sound of Music Leonard Bernstein Leonard Bernstein. Each of these shows is set in New York and captures the pulse of that city with electrifying zing and sparkle and brassy attack.
George Gershwin George Gershwin. In the 19 years he was active as a composer between andhe created a virtually unsurpassed and prolific body of work that included one of the absolutely defining masterpieces of the repertoire in Porgy and Bess premiered inand so demanding that it is usually done by opera houses now.
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Few of his other shows are ever staged in their original versions, but have been given makeovers that have reclaimed their scores and augmented them with other songs from his repertoire, such as Girl Crazyre-worked as Crazy for You inor entirely new shows created around them: He also wrote a lot of orchestral music, including Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris Among his glorious output: He certainly had rhythm himself, and a lot more besides.
As Jeremy Sams, the British polymath composer, lyricist, adaptor and theatre director once said to me: He has gone in new and unexpected directions with every show he has written, geographically as well as musically.
Each and every one of these shows is a masterpiece: I also adore A Little Night Music and Into the Woodsand his two brilliant shows set in a theatrical milieu: Follies and Merrily We Roll Along Arguably his most personal expression of the quest for artistic fulfilment, though, is Sunday in the Park With George, a truly magnificent work of art about the making of art, that was the first Sondheim I ever saw in New York in its original production.