Zoltan Kodaly, Richard Strauss (The German, not the Viennese), Korngold, Lenny Bernstein, Kabalevsky, Goffredo Petrassi, Ligeti, Francis Poulenc, Thierry Machuel, Hayden Wayne - an’ me. I think I am still alive, so I must qualify.
I;m a choirmaster and I write original choral music, so it has to be such as speaks to choirs and their audiences. I do, however, arrange for voices pieces from ‘heavier’, symphonic works, mainly for my personal satisfaction, but some choirs have taken them up even though they tend to be tougher to master.
It is my experience that if, as choirmaster, I explain the music and what its composer is trying to achieve, they will come around, and eventually take to heart all the music I present, however ‘inaccessible’ it may seem to start with.