I am looking at who to do for music study and can't decide at all this year. So I am asking who is your favorite composer? What is your favorite CD? Thanks
Who's your favorite composers?(11 posts) (9 voices)
We love Dvorak, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Rossini, Schumann, Schubert and Bach are favourites in this household.
We enjoy the following CDs
Dvorak: The Symphonies
Brahms: The Symphonies
Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos
Schumann Complete Piano
Schubert Music for Violin and Piano
We like loads of others as well, and also opera and operetta - we are big classical music fans.
Lots of great ones already mentioned. I also highly recommend Aaron Copland for a contemporary American composer. Chopin has some beautiful music as do Brahms and Schubert. Scott Joplin for ragtime, John Philip Sousa for marches, Tchaikovsky at Christmas for The Nutcracker, or Handel for The Messiah. Or for fun study Rodgers and Hammerstein and learn about musicals like The Sound of Music.
My students, when I taught music, loved the book Lives of the Musicians. My DD has enjoyed it very much this year, and she saw a woman in the book. She asked to study her next, so when we finish Mozart we are going to study Clara Schumann. Perhaps your children could have a say in who they would like to study.
Here is a list of the most common ones.
My kids have loved Tchaikovsky and Vivaldi best so far. I have girls (6yrs and 2yrs) who love to dance and so Swan Lake and Nutcracker are favourites. They also dance to Four Seasons all the time. They really liked Mozart and Beethovan, but so far Chopin, which is our current study, is not inspiring them much. My son (4yrs) doesn't really seem to have an opinion.
One of my favourites is Ferde Grofé, particularly "Grande Canyon Suite."
I have too many! LOL Definitely Dvorak, Brahms, J.S. Bach, Shostakovich (the finale of his 5th Symphony, Festive Overture, the jazz suites, and his arrangement of Tea for Two are great choices).
For American composers, definitely Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, and Samuel Barber.
I have a ton of others, but not something that would grab the attention of kids so much. :P
We also sometimes listen to the Internet music here:
I bought a used set on Amazon last year with 10 composers each on their own disc. They have been nice to have with a variety of works from composers.
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