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Your Favorite Classical Composers - Fall 2020

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During our Fall Pledge Drive, we are highlighting Essential Classical Composers, as voted on by our HPR-2 listeners. We asked you which classical composers could you not live without? To whose music do you turn over and over? Or that you find endlessly fascinating?

We are counting down the top eight during our Fall Pledge Drive, which kicked off October 19, 2020.

#8 -  Brahms


#7 - Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky was a trailblazer, according to host Craig DeSilva.

#6 - Dvorak

Dvorak got his start "at the ripe old age of 6," according to John Kalani Zak.

#5 - Vivaldi

Sharene Taba connects Vivaldi's oeuvre with a meaningful way to support HPR in this pledge drive.

  #4 - Chopin

Ever the tragic and romantic artist, Chopin died at the early age of 39, as host Ian Capps describes.

  #3 - Beethoven

Beethoven was a legend in his own time, as Craig DeSilva tells us.

  #2 - Bach

Louise Keali?iloma Lanzilotti describes how J.S. Bach's reputation as a "composer's composer" developed only after his death.

  #1 - Mozart

Gene Schiller introduces Mozart as your #1 Essential Classical Composer.

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