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#1019950 - 01/17/09 11:13 PM *Musical genius*, who would you put on the list?.
Mr Super-Hunky Offline
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Who do you think is the best of the best.....of the best in the music world?. The absolute "master" of their instrument/s ?.

I am referring to a person only (musician) but just for kicks if you want to mention a vocalist, that's fine too.

While I am amazed at many performers talents, I'd have to say that the most accomplished musician I have ever heard is Pat Metheny (guitarist). What he is able to do on so many different types of guitars and custom made instruments is nothing short of unequalled.

(Argueably) the most talented vocalist I have heard is Charlotte Church, of course that's just my opinion.

Who would you say is the "best of the best" ?.

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#1019951 - 01/17/09 11:21 PM Re: *Musical genius*, who would you put on the list?.
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#1019952 - 01/17/09 11:21 PM Re: *Musical genius*, who would you put on the list?.
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Eva Cassidy - Female Vocals

Son House - Raw emotion channeled into performance

Otis Spann - a pianist's pianist
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#1019953 - 01/17/09 11:53 PM Re: *Musical genius*, who would you put on the list?.
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Musical genius, how about composer?
Andrew LLoyd Webber

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#1019954 - 01/18/09 12:03 AM Re: *Musical genius*, who would you put on the list?.
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Vocalist and composer- Jon Anderson of YES

Pianist and Composer- Chick Corea

Guitarist and composer- Al Di Meola

This, of course, is speaking in "modern" terms. For all time greatest genius, I would have to give a tie to Chopin and Rachmaninoff
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#1019955 - 01/18/09 07:08 AM Re: *Musical genius*, who would you put on the list?.
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Solo composer, popular songs: Cole Porter (nobody even close)

Dual composers, popular songs: Rogers & Hammerstein (nobody even close)

Composer, classical: Mozart (an incredible output in terms of quantity and quality and he died at 36 - it simply staggers the mind to imagine what he would have accomplished had he lived to, say, the ave. age today of 77 or 78)!

Singers, opera: Pavarotti & Kiri Te Kanawa (nobody quite so good in their prime)

Singers, popular: Frank Sinatra & Ella Fitzgerald (and especially when singing Cole Porter!)

Pianists, concert: Rubinbstein maybe (who really knows - so many good ones and highly debatable - see the Pianist Corner Forum!)

Pianists, popular: Roger Williams, Peter Nero, Liberace, Charles B. Ancheta (musical director/conductor/pianist at the American Music Theatre in Lancaster, PA - a local favorite and my personal piano-hero!)

Regards, JF
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#1019956 - 01/18/09 08:05 AM Re: *Musical genius*, who would you put on the list?.
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Cellist - Yo-Yo Ma

Hurdy Gurdy - Nigel Eaton

Now wouldn't that make for an interesting duet.
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#1019957 - 01/18/09 08:24 AM Re: *Musical genius*, who would you put on the list?.
Evaldas Offline
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Composer - Yann Tiersen
Siger/Songwriter - Dido!

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#1019958 - 01/18/09 09:34 AM Re: *Musical genius*, who would you put on the list?.
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LisztAddict - Pianist

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#1019959 - 01/18/09 10:35 AM Re: *Musical genius*, who would you put on the list?.
Euan Morrison Offline
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Loc: Edinburgh
Some of my choices:

Guitarist: Steve Vai.
Voice: Anna Netrebko
Violin: Nigel Kennedy
Live group: Muse

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#1019960 - 01/18/09 10:42 AM Re: *Musical genius*, who would you put on the list?.
angelojf Offline
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Posts: 742
Loc: PA
Paul McCartney:

The master songwriter,the master bassist, the master musical craftsman and artist. While not a technical virtuoso, he is (to me) the master musician because he creates what music is to me: the exquisite expression of a multitude of emotions.

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#1019961 - 01/18/09 10:50 AM Re: *Musical genius*, who would you put on the list?.
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For popular music I vote for Prince for his composing and incredible creative abiltiy, along with his multi-instrumental talents. (though many people do not like his eccentricity, he is widely regarded by top musicians as a pioneer in music, and one of the best pop/funk guitarists of our time. Though much, but not all, of his content is rather simple, the way he blends various musical genres into his own "Minneapolis sound" and the way even simple rythms sound fresh is what puts him over the top). I also think Billy Joel is a pretty incredible pianist/songwriter.

I've seen many great instrumentalists in performance that can probably keep up with or play even better than many of the top acts in pop music, but being able to create the music to begin with is what I think is the mark of genius IMHO.

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#1019962 - 01/18/09 11:20 AM Re: *Musical genius*, who would you put on the list?.
LiszThalberg Offline
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Actually, has anyone heard of the King's Singers?


Matt

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#1019963 - 01/18/09 11:27 AM Re: *Musical genius*, who would you put on the list?.
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Debussy20:
Actually, has anyone heard of the King's Singers?


Matt [/b]
... you bet! \:\)

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#1019964 - 01/18/09 11:38 AM Re: *Musical genius*, who would you put on the list?.
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 Quote:
Originally posted by John Frank:
Solo composer, popular songs: Cole Porter (nobody even close)

Dual composers, popular songs: Rogers & Hammerstein (nobody even close)

Composer, classical: Mozart (an incredible output in terms of quantity and quality and he died at 36 - it simply staggers the mind to imagine what he would have accomplished had he lived to, say, the ave. age today of 77 or 78)!

Singers, opera: Pavarotti & Kiri Te Kanawa (nobody quite so good in their prime)

Singers, popular: Frank Sinatra & Ella Fitzgerald (and especially when singing Cole Porter!)

Pianists, concert: Rubinbstein maybe (who really knows - so many good ones and highly debatable - see the Pianist Corner Forum!)

Pianists, popular: Roger Williams, Peter Nero, Liberace, Charles B. Ancheta (musical director/conductor/pianist at the American Music Theatre in Lancaster, PA - a local favorite and my personal piano-hero!)

Regards, JF [/b]
John:

You nailed it!!

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#1019965 - 01/18/09 12:05 PM Re: *Musical genius*, who would you put on the list?.
LiszThalberg Offline
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 Quote:
Originally posted by cruiser:
 Quote:
Originally posted by Debussy20:
Actually, has anyone heard of the King's Singers?


Matt [/b]
... you bet! \:\) [/b]
That Beethoven is amazing... \:D

Matt

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#1019966 - 01/18/09 01:58 PM Re: *Musical genius*, who would you put on the list?.
Ken S. Offline
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Loc: North Carolina
I disagree that we can meaningfully say who is best in an artistic category (well, maybe Ella Fitzgerald), but certainly agree that everyone has identified greats. In John Frank's categories, I add Hoagy Carmichael to the 20th century popular music composer category and Oscar Peterson to popular piano.

Julia Thornton is a fine harp player, considered a prodigy as a child. Here she is playing Bach:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZypD3QdIe8

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#1019967 - 01/18/09 02:04 PM Re: *Musical genius*, who would you put on the list?.
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I don't know very much about fancy pants classical players. The musical geniuses I grew up with would be Jimi Hendrix, Lennon and McCartney, Eric Clapton, Frank Zappa, and maybe Bob Dylan if you count lyrics as music. I also would include LisztAddict, Kawai Girl, and Seaside Lee, but Debussy20 stole some of that thunder.

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#1019968 - 01/18/09 02:47 PM Re: *Musical genius*, who would you put on the list?.
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Drums: Neil Peart

Guitar: Mark Knopfler

hmmm.... too many favorites for the "vocalist" and "piano" categories. Must dwell on this some more.
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#1019969 - 01/18/09 03:04 PM Re: *Musical genius*, who would you put on the list?.
babama Offline
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Loc: Netherlands
Mark Knopfler - Guitarist (electric). Fantastic soulful player and musician.

Steve Roach - Synthesizer. Sound artist. The absolute master in deep electronic atmospheric music.

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#1019970 - 01/18/09 06:08 PM Re: *Musical genius*, who would you put on the list?.
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Sorry to go slightly off topic but here is one for the future
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgGUfNopS2M&feature=channel
I can spend hours listening to him

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#1019971 - 01/18/09 06:19 PM Re: *Musical genius*, who would you put on the list?.
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Vocalists - King Singers and Bryn Terfel.
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#1019972 - 01/18/09 07:20 PM Re: *Musical genius*, who would you put on the list?.
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Best piano virtuoso = Franz Liszt.[/b] (period)

Best male pop singer = Johnny Mathis.[/b]

Best female pop singer = Celine Dion[/b]

Best operatic tenor, ever = Luciano Pavarotti
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Best Bel canto soprano, ever = Maria Callas[/b]

Best impressionistic pianist on Piano World and perhaps beyond, someday = our very own Theowne[/b]
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#1019973 - 01/18/09 09:03 PM Re: *Musical genius*, who would you put on the list?.
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Loc: Arizona.
Best pianist/humorist = Victor Borge

Best pianist/entertainer = Liberace

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#1019974 - 01/18/09 10:31 PM Re: *Musical genius*, who would you put on the list?.
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Male vocalist: Joe Williams

Female vocalist: Ella Fitzgerald

Guitar (electric): Eric Clapton

Guitar (acoustic): Joe Pass

Piano: Oscar Peterson

Most under appreciated composer: Benny Carter

Composer: Cole Porter

Vocal ensemble: The King's Singers

ABF recital participants: Liszt Addict, YD (tie)
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#1019975 - 01/19/09 06:10 AM Re: *Musical genius*, who would you put on the list?.
TrapperJohn Offline
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Loc: Chocolatetown, USA
Addendum to my previous list:

Jazz Group: Fourplay

Singer/Guitarist: George Benson

Vocal Group, male: The 4 Freshman

Vocal Group, female: The Andrew Sisters

Vocal Group, mixed: Manhatten Transfer

Best Broadway musical: Les Miserables
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#1019976 - 01/19/09 06:51 AM Re: *Musical genius*, who would you put on the list?.
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Best Broadway musical: Les Miserables
Funny how differently we can appreciate various musical events. I happen to agree with the title of "Les Miserables" as that was how I felt during almost all of the performance (I saw the original Broadway production). But, of course, I know I'm in the minority and for those of you who enjoyed it, I'm happy for you.

My all-time favorite musical - Camelot - with Julie Andrews, Richard Burton and Roddy McDowall, as well as Robert Goulet in his first Broadway role.

May seem trite now, but back in the late 60s it was bigger than big! "The original cast album was America's top-selling LP for 60 weeks."

But maybe I'm the only one here old enough to have been there.

Nobody else like Frank and Ella!
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#1019977 - 01/19/09 09:12 AM Re: *Musical genius*, who would you put on the list?.
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Bart Kinlein:

My all-time favorite musical - Camelot - with Julie Andrews, Richard Burton and Roddy McDowall, as well as Robert Goulet in his first Broadway role.

May seem trite now, but back in the late 60s it was bigger than big! "The original cast album was America's top-selling LP for 60 weeks."

But maybe I'm the only one here old enough to have been there.

Nobody else like Frank and Ella! [/b]
Bart - I also liked "Camelot", although I'm not sure if it would be one of those in my list of top ten Broadway musicals of all time - I think my second favorite was "A Chorus Line", which was as unique in it's own special way as was "Les Mis". I tend to judge musicals by both the quality and quantity of outstanding songs in them, and with that standard you could just about pick any Rogers & hammerstein production: "The Sound of Music", "The King & I', "South Pacific", "Oklahoma", etc.

And yes, Frank & Ella! (although Tony Bennett & Nancy Wilson were both so good for so many years!)

Regards, JF
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#1019978 - 01/19/09 11:12 AM Re: *Musical genius*, who would you put on the list?.
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Best percussionist: Animal from the Muppets. So wild they had to chain him down.


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#1019979 - 01/19/09 11:49 AM Re: *Musical genius*, who would you put on the list?.
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Violin - Nigel Kennedy. Vitruouso grasp across classical, jazz and rock

Guitar - I agree with Monica that Mark Knopfler is right up there, especially as a finger picker and songwriter. Richie Blackmore always impressed me too.

Piano. So difficult. For Chopin and Grieg I loved Artur Rubenstein. But different pianists seem to "get" different composers. Horowitz had amazing technique.

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