what's your favorite type of music/who are your favorite composers? (~lumiereswig)
Hoo boy, you’ve chosen a topic that I could possibly go on and on about until the end of time.
Let’s get started, shall we?
So when it comes to music with words, my favorite artist is Owl City. He has these lyrics that were obviously composed in like the middle of the night when that brilliant inspiration strikes (makes sense, as he started writing songs because of his insomnia), because the lyrics are so unique and different—it’s like he takes poetry and makes a tune for it.
Then there’s Peter Hollens, a Youtuber who sings A Cappella—and has one of the most soothing voices ever. I usually prefer his song covers over the real deal.
But those are just artists. My favorite type of music, without a doubt, is instrumental music. Instrumental music, to me, is the only music that can really portray a vivid sense of emotion. And the best part is, it can mean something different to different people, or even the same person, depending on their situation. I’m not saying that singers are horrible—far from that. I love musicals, and I love that singers bring their own emotion to songs. But when you just let the music do the talking, I believe that something truly magical happens. Images are invoked, feelings are felt…I mean come on, listen to this and tell me you feel nothing. Especially near the end.
My favorite providers of modern instrumental music are HDSounDI, Two Steps from Hell, Really Slow Motion, Phil Lober, Fired Earth Music, Peter Crowley, and Thomas Bergensen, as well as OSTs from several beloved action movies (so that includes legends like Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Alan Menken, etc).
And of course, because I’m a violinist, I am really invested in the classics. Y'know, those pieces that are so under-appreciated by people nowadays. So when you say favorite composers, these are the guys I think of.
When I was a baby, I was raised on Mozart. Pieces like the Turkish March, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, The Marriage of Figaro, and the Magic Flute Aria are branded into my brain. Not that I’m complaining—they’re all very pretty. So he’s up there.
Also in my top five are Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, and Prokofiev. My musical childhood was made bright thanks to these three talented Russians.
Prokofiev wrote Peter and the Wolf, that one childhood tale where it’s narrated and each animal has its own distinct instrument. My school’s orchestra played it once, and because Peter’s instrument is the violin, I was totally in my element, and it was wonderful.
But I don’t think I can sing Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky’s praises enough. I was first introduced to Stravinsky’s work through another Disney favorite, Fantasia 2000. He wrote the Firebird, which is the last animated piece in Fantasia 2000 (a shortened version), and one of my favorite classical pieces to this day. I once saw the entire thing (40 minutes long) performed by an orchestra, and I cried—it was that moving. There’s an interesting story surrounding how I came across it aside from Disney, but this is getting long enough as is.
And Tchaikovsky (my favorite of the three) wrote the well-known ballets like Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty (yes, the Disney movie’s based off of this ballet; you even hear the waltz at the end), and the Nutcracker. If there was one ballet that I could say was my childhood, it was the Nutcracker. I saw the movie every Christmas, and never got tired of it. Still not tired of it. Tchaikovsky also wrote the 1812 Overture, with the real actual cannons and everything.
Then there’s Vivaldi. There’s a reason why I loved the Baroque period before Beauty and the Beast. This man. Right here. The best violinist ever. I’ve played several of his pieces before, including but not limited to The Concerto in A Minor and Autumn and Winter from his Four Seasons (I just can’t remember the other ones’ names). The other two, Spring and Summer, are worth checking out as well.
And just because they have certain awesome pieces, I’ll give a shoutout to Rossini (William Tell), Offenbach (the Can-Can), Scarlatti (best harpsichordist of his time), Grieg (Morning Mood, the Hall of the Mountan King), Bizet (Overture), Rimsky-Korsakov (Flight of the Bumblees), and Brahams (Hungarian Dance).