As for living composers, I am fond of Arvo Pärt.
Haydn is a recent infatuation of mine. I almost like it that everyone under-rates him. I can thus discover many hidden, overlooked treasures in the symphonies, piano sonatas, string quartets, and piano trios. His work is rather subtle--no wild swings of emotional range (therefore little popularity).
When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everyone will respect you.
Last edited by hoodjem : 02-02-2013 at 06:58 AM.