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2020-09-26 3:03:27 PM  
16 votes:
Here's America's greatest composer playing the piano:

Duke Ellington: Take the A Train (solo piano)
Youtube UGK70IkP830
 
2020-09-26 12:28:27 PM  
16 votes:
Why get your water from a dirty bucket when you can dip your head into the well and get a fresh cool drink?


Aaron Copland - Fanfare For The Common Man
Youtube pgj7_DmgDqs
 
2020-09-26 12:10:24 PM  
13 votes:
Samuel Barber - Adagio for Strings
Youtube izQsgE0L450
 
2020-09-26 11:50:08 AM  
12 votes:
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I will... on February 8th.
 
2020-09-26 2:51:50 PM  
8 votes:
Frank Zappa would be my choice.
 
2020-09-26 7:14:42 PM  
7 votes:
Rhapsody in Blue is an amazing tune, so American in its variety of styles. But it's been ruined for me by United bloody Airlines.
 
2020-09-26 2:22:04 PM  
6 votes:
Really depends what kind of mood you're in. Personally I like a little Philip Glass when I'm sitting in my sunroom reading the Saturday paper.

Philip Glass - Metamorphosis | complete
Youtube M73x3O7dhmg
 
2020-09-26 3:07:59 PM  
5 votes:
Here's a
Duke Ellington's Sacred Concerts ( Full Concert )
Youtube 6km6OSmG958
great american composer of sacred music
 
2020-09-26 1:17:49 PM  
5 votes:
Copland is a fine choice for best American composer and of course Gershwin was a genius. But William Grant Still should be part of the conversation. His first symphony was the most performed American symphony pre-WWII and just as American as anything Copland composed.
 
2020-09-26 3:16:00 PM  
4 votes:
No contest, it's Weird Al. Anything you can do he can do better.
 
2020-09-26 7:19:03 PM  
3 votes:
You're late, subby. Frank Zappa's birthday was a couple of days ago.
 
2020-09-26 3:44:17 PM  
3 votes:
Charles Ives?

Charles Ives - Symphony No. 2 (Leonard Bernstein) (3/3)
Youtube LlUQRNRFEkQ
 
2020-09-26 3:37:16 PM  
3 votes:
Duke Ellington is always the smart choice.
 
2020-09-26 3:34:14 PM  
3 votes:

floor: There are many great American composers, I lean toward Copeland, but Ellington's longevity and breadth are astounding. He is beyond any other american composer.


Yes! Of course there's a lot of Billy Straham in the Orchestra's repertoire, but even Armstrong wasn't consistently excellent for five decades.

That said, there is something the claim that Armstrong is the American composer. Many of his recorded solos were not improvised but notated. His solo for "Cornet Chop Suet," for example, was copyrighted before the recording, even though it sounds like he made it up on the spot, because his playing can pull that off. And the list of artists influenced by Armstrong go from Coleman Hawkins to Little Richard to James Brown to David Byrne to Kendrick Lamar. I imagined he influenced 'classical' conposers as well but I can't think of anyone more influential.
 
2020-09-26 3:29:24 PM  
3 votes:

arrogantbastich: Why get your water from a dirty bucket when you can dip your head into the well and get a fresh cool drink?


[YouTube video: Aaron Copland - Fanfare For The Common Man]


Damn straight.  I'm amazed that this was never used by a wrestler with a blue collar gimmick.
 
2020-09-26 3:11:27 PM  
3 votes:
There are many great American composers, I lean toward Copeland, but Ellington's longevity and breadth are astounding. He is beyond any other american composer.
 
2020-09-26 2:57:36 PM  
3 votes:
That's not John Philip Sousa!?
 
2020-09-26 12:23:22 PM  
3 votes:
Ives was born October 20

just saying
 
2020-09-26 7:14:55 PM  
2 votes:

Flappyhead: arrogantbastich: Why get your water from a dirty bucket when you can dip your head into the well and get a fresh cool drink?


[YouTube video: Aaron Copland - Fanfare For The Common Man]

Damn straight.  I'm amazed that this was never used by a wrestler with a blue collar gimmick.


ELP needed to ask Copeland:

Stewart Young, ELP's manager from 1972-present, made this comment on the documentary Beyond the Beginning:
The interesting thing... was that we had to get the permission of Aaron Copland, the composer. The publishing house said forget it. So I got Mr Copland's home number, called him up and he was very friendly on the phone. And he says "Send it to me, let me listen." And he loved it. He called me and said "This is brilliant, this is fantastic. This is doing something to my music."
 
2020-09-26 6:03:13 PM  
2 votes:
Gershwin of course
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2020-09-26 5:16:36 PM  
2 votes:
Randy Newman?
 
2020-09-26 4:55:45 PM  
2 votes:
Gershwin Medley (Live at the Maisonnette)
Youtube LuCaACMIdtI

Worth a listen.
 
2020-09-26 3:46:44 PM  
2 votes:

The Pope of Manwich Village: LEONARD BERNSTEIN!


It's not the end of the world as we know it.

Yet.
 
2020-09-26 2:51:51 PM  
2 votes:

Dallymo: Dewey Fidalgo: [Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/izQsgE0L​450]

Makes me weep, without exception.


Yes.

It has come to mind, as an Oregonian, when I think of the death and destruction from the fires.
 
2020-09-26 12:54:21 PM  
2 votes:
Poor subs, no one agrees with you it looks like. I don't either.
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2020-09-27 11:59:43 AM  
1 vote:
I actually really like his original version

Gershwin Plays Rhapsody in Blue (1924)
Youtube VxNbAtTMZXc
 
2020-09-27 10:40:37 AM  
1 vote:

stoli n coke: johnsoninca: [Fark user image image 425x566]
I will... on February 8th.

Actual composer, not guys who made music for your "spacemen go pew pew pew!" Stories.


Richard Strauss was a great composer before Stanley Kubrick came along and turned him into "that 2001 guy". Now he's just another hack.
 
2020-09-27 9:41:39 AM  
1 vote:

johnsoninca: [Fark user image image 425x566]
I will... on February 8th.


Actual composer, not guys who made music for your "spacemen go pew pew pew!" Stories.
 
2020-09-26 7:16:46 PM  
1 vote:

Flappyhead: arrogantbastich: Why get your water from a dirty bucket when you can dip your head into the well and get a fresh cool drink?


[YouTube video: Aaron Copland - Fanfare For The Common Man]

Damn straight.  I'm amazed that this was never used by a wrestler with a blue collar gimmick.


The ELP version was used for "CBS Sports Spectacular".
 
2020-09-26 6:26:36 PM  
1 vote:
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2020-09-26 4:30:41 PM  
1 vote:

Dewey Fidalgo: Dallymo: Dewey Fidalgo: [Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/izQsgE0L​450]

Makes me weep, without exception.

Yes.

It has come to mind, as an Oregonian, when I think of the death and destruction from the fires.


Seconded
 
2020-09-26 3:33:07 PM  
1 vote:
LEONARD BERNSTEIN!
 
2020-09-26 3:21:29 PM  
1 vote:
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2020-09-26 3:19:21 PM  
1 vote:

EdgeRunner: No contest, it's Weird Al. Anything you can do he can do better.


F, I forgot about Weird Al. He is truly the greatest composer of food themed music. Easily the hardest category to conquer
 
2020-09-26 2:59:38 PM  
1 vote:
Wesley Willis was born on May 31, subby.
 
2020-09-26 2:42:19 PM  
1 vote:

Dewey Fidalgo: [Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/izQsgE0L​450]


Makes me weep, without exception.
 
2020-09-26 2:08:19 PM  
1 vote:

AliceBToklasLives: Copland is a fine choice for best American composer and of course Gershwin was a genius. But William Grant Still should be part of the conversation. His first symphony was the most performed American symphony pre-WWII and just as American as anything Copland composed.


This is nice and new to me.  Thanks.
 
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