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  • Schumann (Symphony No.1 in B Flat Major 'Spring')

    8 12.12%
  • Tchaikovsky (No.1 in G minor, 'Winter Daydreams')

    10 15.15%
  • Brahms (Symphony No.1 in C Minor)

    26 39.39%
  • Rachmaninov (Symphony No.1 in D minor)

    5 7.58%
  • Dvorak (Symphony No.1 in Cm, 'The Bells of Zlonice')

    3 4.55%
  • Rimsky-Korsakov (Symphony No.1 in E minor)

    1 1.52%
  • Glazunov (No.1 in E major, 'Slavyanskaya')

    2 3.03%
  • Elgar (No.1 in A flat major)

    4 6.06%
  • Nielsen (No.1 In G Minor)

    5 7.58%
  • Sibelius (No.1 in E minor)

    9 13.64%
  • Bizet (Symphony in C)

    6 9.09%
  • Berlioz (Symphonie Fantastique)

    22 33.33%
  • Wagner (Symphony in C major)

    4 6.06%
  • Bruckner (No.1 in C minor )

    4 6.06%
  • Mahler (No.1 in D major)

    18 27.27%
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Thread: 1st Symphony of Romantic Composers

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    Default 1st Symphony of Romantic Composers

    Well, another tough poll. Which Romantic Composer 1st symphony is your favorite?

    Sadly, I don't put Beethoven. Because it's more classic than romantic. Schubert, same reason. Mendelssohn was in his Teen age and I tried to avoid 20th century.

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    Edit: as one option per poll doesn't content anyone, I provide you a poll to select more options.

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    OK, Included.

    I voted 12 options! Guess how many votes will be there?!
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    These are my top in order:

    Brahms 1
    Mahler 1 (Titan)
    Schumann 1 (Spring)
    Tchaikovsky 1 (Winter Day Dreams)
    Bizet Symphony in C
    Bruckner 1
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    Thanks for your comment. It's hard to put Numberless Symphonies. Berwald has 4 and Wagner has 2 of them. I stick to numbered symphonies.

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    Is it Okay to exclude Schubert? Because If I want to add Schubert, I add Beethoven's 1st too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arsakes View Post
    Thanks for your comment. It's hard to put Numberless Symphonies. Berwald has 4 and Wagner has 2 of them. I stick to numbered symphonies.
    But Bizet did in fact only write 1 symphony. Does that count? Also, I forgot to mention Chausson's B flat symphony.

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    Mahler
    Tchaikovsky
    Sibelius
    Glazunov
    Elgar

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    Symphonie Fantastique! Possibly my favorite symphony of all time. Well, in that case, forget all the others.

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    That's a hard one. I wrestled with Nielsen and Sibelius, but I'd have to choose Brahms.
    But if we get to favorite 0s, I'm with Bruckner all the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arsakes View Post
    Thanks for your comment. It's hard to put Numberless Symphonies. Berwald has 4 and Wagner has 2 of them. I stick to numbered symphonies.

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    Is it Okay to exclude Schubert? Because If I want to add Schubert, I add Beethoven's 1st too.
    While these are technically 19th century symphonies, I would not say they are romantic. Also, that would call for the inclusion of Mendlessohn's 1st string symphony.

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    Schumann's 1st is kind of underrated as is Tchaikovsky's. These are probably the most 'high spirited' symphonies of the lot, which is how a 1st should sound. Its just that we have those hulksters like Brahms 1 and Mahler 1 or the bizzaros like Symphonie Fantastique.

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    Another great 1st is Balakirev's. This Scherzo is extremely Russian and charming,

    Certainly one of the best "minor composer" 1st symphonies of the 19th century.
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    Three stand out for me - Brahms, Mahler, and Berlioz (in that order).
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    I could have picked half the choices, but in the end I voted for only two: Tchaikovsky & Mahler. Mainly because I love those 1sts as much as the composers' later entries. Bizet gets honorable mention.

    Dvorak's Bells has some excellent passages, but is weak in structure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmsbls View Post
    Three stand out for me - Brahms, Mahler, and Berlioz (in that order).
    I'm cool with that- but I'd reverse the order.

    For me, Symphonie Fantastique wins by a 'Secretariat-worthy' margin.

    Then, Mahler's First.

    I'd have to spend some time reflecting on breaking the 'photo-finish' between Brahms 1 & Schumann 1. I'm inclining to Schumann...
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    Haven't heard them all but so far Mahler, Tchaikvosky AND... Scriabin! His first symphony is fantastic, perod.
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    Tie - Schumann, Brahms, Mahler.

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