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  • Beethoven

    3 6.67%
  • Berlioz (Symphonie Fantastique)

    10 22.22%
  • Brahms

    15 33.33%
  • Bruckner (consider 1, not 0 or 00)

    0 0%
  • Dvorak (Bells of Zlonice)

    1 2.22%
  • Elgar

    1 2.22%
  • Ives

    1 2.22%
  • Mahler

    4 8.89%
  • Neilsen

    2 4.44%
  • Schmidt

    0 0%
  • Schumann

    1 2.22%
  • Shostakovich

    3 6.67%
  • Sibelius

    2 4.44%
  • Tanayev

    0 0%
  • Tchaikovsky

    2 4.44%
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Thread: Your favorite debut symphony

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    Default Your favorite debut symphony

    To keep in line with "debut" I am only going to include choices by composers who wrote more than 1 symphony

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    Very easy. Symphony no 1 by Jean Sibelius. Surprise, surprise!
    "Music is not philosophy." --Akira Ifukube

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    Is this going to be a poll? I like Tchaikovsky's 1st.

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    Sibelius and Brahms, followed by Mahler, Shostakovich and Penderecki.

    edit - Berlioz 1 is definitely great as well (haven't heard all the symphonies on the poll, but just listing my current favorites)l.
    Last edited by tdc; Nov-11-2011 at 19:08.

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    Brahms 1 , Mahler close
    Last edited by Itullian; Nov-11-2011 at 19:06.

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    I voted Schumann (surprise, surprise).
    Beautiful music reflects a beautiful Savior.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    Brahms 1 , Mahler close
    For me, it's Mahler 1, Brahms close.
    Last edited by Manxfeeder; Nov-11-2011 at 22:37.

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    I never understood Brahms in general, so I can't figure out why that first symphony of his is so damn popular. Oh, yes I can. People like those opening few bars. A LOT.
    "Music is not philosophy." --Akira Ifukube

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tapkaara View Post
    I never understood Brahms in general, so I can't figure out why that first symphony of his is so damn popular. Oh, yes I can. People like those opening few bars. A LOT.
    I hear it as a chronicle of moving past things which have held you back - in his case, two women in particular - and finding freedom to be who you really are - symbolized by a nature theme and a spiritual theme.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tapkaara View Post
    I never understood Brahms in general, so I can't figure out why that first symphony of his is so damn popular. Oh, yes I can. People like those opening few bars. A LOT.
    You're right. You don't understand.
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    Beethoven No. 1, C major. Nooooo doubt about it. As much as it owes to Haydn & Mozart I believe it is the debut of all symphonies.

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    I agree with Itullian. Brahms just beats out Mahler.
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    Davidmahler blew my original thinking out of the water, as I was going to nominate the ill-fated Hans Rott. Assuming he's off limits then nothing as striking immediately springs to mind.

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    Perhaps I'm unusual (or not?), but I don't like the first movement of Brahms 1. I guess the monothematicism is meant to be symbolic, but I feel like it just doesn't work within such a dissonant harmonic style. The other movements appeal to me a lot more, when they're played well.
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    You know its a tough choice between Sibelius and Beethoven.

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