beethoven or mazart
• United States
20 May 08
Good question. I'm sure Beethoven has his own following, but I'm not familiar with any of his works outside of the symphonies. Since my background is all vocal, my vote goes to Mozart. I'm in the concert choir and advanced ensemble at school, and the major work in our repertoire this semester was the Requiem. I even got to do the tenor solo in Domine Jesu. If you were to ask me who my favorite composer of all was, I would probably be inclined to say Bach, because I'm an organ fanatic.
• United States
21 May 08
I've done a solo or two from Mendelssohn, but I've pretty much forgotten them. Wagner was a genius, but a pri*k. I used to have an organ CD called Teutonic Titanics, and the very first song on the disc was Die Meistersinger Von Numberg. I can only think of one word offhand to describe it...powerful!!!
20 May 09
In my mind, there is no doubt it was Beethoven. Perhaps Mozart had the technicality and genius to write great classical pieces, which Beethoven matches until late pieces. If you just looked through his piano sonata scores in the op. 100s and listened to them, you wouldn't believe what he'd accomplished, developing such powerful character. I don't recall Mozart writing any memorable fugues, but Beethoven wrote classic melody lines which he weaved inexorably into his rondos or finales of his sonatas. He challenged the boundaries of music - just watch Copying Beethoven and you can see how his colleagues and audience just do not understand his music as he was slowly dying (from lead poisoning or something) and experience the emotions associated with it. For me, none of Mozart's music really sticks in my head like Beethoven's does.
15 Jun 08
Both of them are geniuses and they have different orientations. Mozart came before Beethoven, after Hayden and was of the classical era. Beethoven came later at the end of the classical and the beginning of the Romantic era where music began to express great emotion. They were both giants in music and I admire them both along with J.S. Bach.