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    Favorite Beethoven Symphony?

    Well??


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    The Eroica is what gets me up in the morning.

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    In orde of preference:

    6
    5

    3
    7

    8

    9
    4
    2
    1

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    Interesting...
    Mine would be:
    6
    5
    9
    3
    1
    2
    4
    8

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    Sorry you don't have "none" as a category so I can't vote
    I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.
    —Albert Einstein.

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    Enjoy all the them but 6, 5, 9 are in front. Organ my main instrument but played Viola in highshool- college days in orchestra.

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    I'm with Pista; Eroica gets my vote.
    Quote Originally Posted by Contratrombone64 View Post
    Sorry you don't have "none" as a category so I can't vote
    What, you haven't got a favourite, CT64? Or you don't like any of them?

    Interesting how 6 and 5 are often in top spot(s).
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    If I had to place them in order of preference (best first) I would choose 9, 5, 3, 6, 7, 8, 1, 4, 2. It so happens that I believe that this order roughly corresponds with results normally emerging from both music board polls and other evidence of popularity such as the number of different recordings available.

    Beethoven symphonies are highly accessible works with very clearly memorable themes, and one hardly needs to be musically competent to see that they were the product of a genius mind. On the whole, I would guess that most classical music fans like Beethoven, and probably like his symphonies best of all. On the other hand I can understand why some classical music fans are not keen on this kind of material. It may be that they grew up with Beethoven symphonies ringing in their ears, but now suffer from over-exposure and are now either fed up with them, or regard them as good for an occasional listen only. Other classical music fans may never have liked them in the first place, either preferring perhaps the late symphonies of Mozart or Haydn or material of a completely different type and era. There may indeed be still another group who have not yet got round to listening to any or all of them, and are still exploring.

    I am rather in the camp of still greatly liking Beethoven symphonies but liking equally, if not more so, the works of other composers, in particular Schubert who I regard as the greatest composer ever. I would rate his 'Unfinished Symphony' as the best of all symphonies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artemis View Post
    If I had to place them in order of preference (best first) I would choose 9, 5, 3, 6, 7, 8, 1, 4, 2. It so happens that I believe that this order roughly corresponds with results normally emerging from both music board polls and other evidence of popularity such as the number of different recordings available.

    Beethoven symphonies are highly accessible works with very clearly memorable themes, and one hardly needs to be musically competent to see that they were the product of a genius mind. On the whole, I would guess that most classical music fans like Beethoven, and probably like his symphonies best of all. On the other hand I can understand why some classical music fans are not keen on this kind of material. It may be that they grew up with Beethoven symphonies ringing in their ears, but now suffer from over-exposure and are now either fed up with them, or regard them as good for an occasional listen only. Other classical music fans may never have liked them in the first place, either preferring perhaps the late symphonies of Mozart or Haydn or material of a completely different type and era. There may indeed be still another group who have not yet got round to listening to any or all of them, and are still exploring.

    I am rather in the camp of still greatly liking Beethoven symphonies but liking equally, if not more so, the works of other composers, in particular Schubert who I regard as the greatest composer ever. I would rate his 'Unfinished Symphony' as the best of all symphonies.
    *applauds*

    Except I think the Great C major symphony is better...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rojo View Post
    I'm with Pista; Eroica gets my vote.What, you haven't got a favourite, CT64? Or you don't like any of them?

    Interesting how 6 and 5 are often in top spot(s).
    Don't have a favourite ... like them all pretty much
    I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.
    —Albert Einstein.

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    Except for his piano works and late string quartets I am not a Beethoven enthusiast, but concerning his symphonies the ones I dislike least are No. 4 and No. 8.

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    They're all jewels in the crown, but I like the odd-numbered ones best, in more or less this order: 7, 5, 3, 9.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rovikered View Post
    Except for his piano works and late string quartets I am not a Beethoven enthusiast, but concerning his symphonies the ones I dislike least are No. 4 and No. 8.
    Symphony four is a treasure - I agree and sadly neglected. Rather like a slim nymph standing between to Granit statues, don't you think?
    I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.
    —Albert Einstein.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Contratrombone64 View Post
    Symphony four is a treasure - I agree and sadly neglected. Rather like a slim nymph standing between to Granit statues, don't you think?
    Didn't Schumann say something like that?

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    That's where I heard that quote indeed, but he said between two, not to. And my edit ability is past, most vexing.
    I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.
    —Albert Einstein.

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