Via Don Nunn, here's the "crazy detailed music meme." I'll mutate it by counting composers instead of bands
Name your top 10 most played composers (on iTunes):
- John Cage
- Charles Ives
- Philip Glass
- Aaron Copland
- Virgil Thomson
- Henry Cowell
- John Adams
- Lou Harrison
- Samuel Barber
- Steve Reich
What was the first work you ever heard by 6 (Henry Cowell)?
On an old cassette, Hymn and Fuguing Tune No. 2 for string orchestra.
What is your favorite album of 2 (Charles Ives)?
Concord Sonata. Songs. Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Susan Graham.
What is your favorite text that 5 (Virgil Thomson) has set or composed?
A Prayer to Saint Catherine.
Saint Catherine of Sienna, If this song pleases you,
then be good enough to answer the prayer it contains.
Make the person that sings this song less shy than that person is,
And give that person some joy in that person's heart.
How many times have you seen 4 (Aaron Copland) performed live?
I don't really know. 25?
What is your favorite work by 7 (John Adams)?
Either the one I heard first, Shaker Loops, or the one I saw most recently, his clarinet concerto, Gnarly Buttons.
What is a good memory you have involving the music of 10 (Steve Reich)?
Thinking that I could hear the name of a friend's step-son being repeated in Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices, and Organ.
Is there a work of 3 (Philip Glass) that makes you sad?
Music from the Screens with Foday Musa Suso
What is your favorite text that 2 (Charles Ives) has set or composed?
Although less than a minute long, Ann Street. ("Broadway!").
How did you get into 3 (Philip Glass)?
When I was a teenager, the local public library had the Tomato Records recording of Einstein on the Beach, although it took a decade before I really appreciated it.
What was the first work you heard by 1 (John Cage)?
No idea. A high school buddy prepared the choir piano with erasers and other detritus so let's say Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano.
What is your favorite work by 4 (Aaron Copland)?
Four Piano Blues although previously El Salon Mexico (on piano) or Our Town.
How many times have you seen the music of 9 (Samuel Barber) live?
Maybe five times.
What is a good memory you have involving 2 (Charles Ives)?
Reading A Union of Diversities: Style in the Music of Charles Ives by Larry Starr opened up my ears to better hear the music of Ives.
Is there a work of 8 (Lou Harrison) that makes you sad?
Not really. I'm sure he had his struggles but I think of Harrison as a jovial, enlightened guy.
What is your favorite album of 5 (Virgil Thomson)?
Chamber Works on CRI.
What is your favorite text that 3 (Philip Glass) has set or composed?
The Knee Plays in Einstein on the Beach -- my favorite parts of the opera (e.g. "123412345612345678").
What is your favorite work of 1 (John Cage)?
It varies. Souvenir, 4'33", In a Landscape, In the Name of the Holocaust, or First Construction (in Metal) or if I'm really in the mood, Williams Mix including the audience response at the end.
What is your favorite work of 10 (Steve Reich)?
It has varied over the years. This year again, it's Music for 18 Musicians.
How many times have you seen 8 (Lou Harrision) performed live?
Handful. Not enough. Need to read more about his as well.
What is your favorite album of 1 (John Cage)?
Margeret Leng Tan's Daughters of the Lonesome Isle or Stephen Drury's Contemporary Piano Music.
What is a great memory you have considering 9 (Samuel Barber)?
Playing Adagio on saxophone in a woodwind choir.
What was the first work you heard by 8 (Lou Harrison)?
Probably his Piano Concerto played by Keith Jarrett.
What is your favorite cover by 2 (Charles Ives)?
How about The Housatonic at Stockbridge in an alternate tuning by Daniel Anthony Stearns. Or else, the jazz group T.J. Kirk playing The Unanswered Question.