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Happiest Composer?

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Hi. Welcome back Rkmajora.

Not which composer himself is happiest or even which composer's music makes you the happiest, but which composer's music do you think portrays utter happiness at its finest potential to be happy?

You nor the composer are necessarily emoting ":w00t:" but the music should be.

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Well, I'll dispense with the obvious immidiately and say Mozart is definetly a contender.

Now for some less obvious choices...

Ibert, Milhaud, and Poulenc all have some freakishly happy music. Some of Debussy's music I would consider very happy as well. Heh, I guess it's a French thing.

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Ibert, Milhaud, and Poulenc all have some freakishly happy music. Some of Debussy's music I would consider very happy as well. Heh, I guess it's a French thing.

Heh. I once mentioned to my friend that Claire de Lune reminds me of perfection. Although not an implication that the piece itself is good (or bad), in which perfection would be quite a lousy translation on my behalf if I had implied it.

Ibert, Milhad, Poulenc. Great choices.

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"Perfection" would be an adjective that I'd sooner use on just about every Debussy piece other than Clair de Lune. :P

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I'd say some of Mozart's music (e.g., the wonderful finale of the Jupiter Symphony!) portrays happiness at its finest and most profound.

And then there are lots of composers who have portrayed happiness in a much more superficial manner, for instance, people like Offenbach or Johann Strauss.

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I vote for Strawinski.

I mean, come on, the Rite of Spring contains some of the most joyful, gleeful virgin-sacrificing in ANY piece of music!

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Grieg's Wedding Day at Troldhaugen...happiest piano character piece ever, and one of my absolute faves.

HA!

and then comes the children, and the late-nights working, and the family issues, and the house payments.. and the Divorce at Troldhaugen, trust me, NOT happy music.

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So...young girls dancing themselves to their senseless and untimely deaths is happy material? Happy is SO relative. I'd take romanticists like Grieg and Chopin over primitivists like Stravinsky any day.

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So...young girls dancing themselves to their senseless and untimely deaths is happy material? Happy is SO relative. I'd take romanticists like Grieg and Chopin over primitivists like Stravinsky any day.

"Humor", you should look up the concept some day!

It was a joke.

And Strawinski isn't a "primitivist".

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Oops, apologies, didn't mean to offend. I got the humor, just stating my opinion. And I was referring to the primitivist elements in the Rite of Spring. Sorry for the misunderstanding.

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Percy Grainger's, his folk melodies are catchy basic and have that human quality to them that is able to reach across boundries and lift people up.

Try

Children's March for Concert Band 1_2-3_4-5-5-666...

Funny I thought of this after the fact but he was ... well I'll quote Wiki sorry for the grotesqueness of it.

"Grainger was a sado-masochist, with a particular enthusiasm for flagellation, who extensively documented and photographed everything he and his wife did. His walls and ceilings were covered in mirrors so that after sessions of self-flagellation he could take pictures of himself from all angles, documenting each image with details such as date, time, location, whip used, and camera settings."

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From what I understand Mozart always had to please the king. He was pressured beyond words. How could that make a composer happy?

Imagine if Mozart wasn't under such pressure?

Actually, not much has changed today. If indeed a recording contract may "fall" on our laps, we must write to please the king. If not, we may not die, but our career would be over...

Sorry to divert from the thread a tad....

I think Frank Zappa was an incredibly happy composer.

I happen to think I'm a happy composer. There is not one thing I have written that I did not enjoy writing...

I know I'm not infamous, but I am still a composer.

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