perhaps the last of the line of great classic/romantic composers died yesterday. Although he's best known for film scores, there is also (and for me much more importantly) a large output including 9 symphones, at least 20 concertos and a good deal of chamber music. These combines a rare melodic gift, piquant and economical harmony and orchestration and a huge range of moods and styles from the darkest to the most outrageously skittish.
And yet he has been largely ignored except by amatueurs and youth orchestras in his own country though fortunately there is (or at least with an upcoming Decca 13 disk set soon will be again) a decent range of recordings.
Does anyone else think he's been shamefully neglected? And is there anyone still alive composing in a similar vein who comes close to his level of talent?