For whatever reason, mostly while out walking lately, I’ve been thinking about the composers that have most influenced me – and whose music I never tire of hearing – and creating mental lists.

Symphonists: Bruckner, Sibelius, Shostakovich, Mahler, Hovhaness

Symphonists who I don’t particular go out of my way to hear anymore, but who had the greatest influence: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Berlioz, Debussy

Opera composers: Monteverdi, Purcell, Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Britten, Janacek

Keyboard: Bach, Scarlatti, Couperin, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin

Vocal: Machaut, Dufay, Lassus, Palestrina, Monteverdi, Schutz, Bach