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    Default Do you enjoy all the “top” composers?

    Ever since I first came to TC and realized that some members don’t actively enjoy Bach, Beethoven, or Mozart, I’ve wondered about this question. I naively assumed that almost all TC members would love many works of composers generally spoken of as “great.” I’d like to find out to what extent this assumption is true. For the purposes of this poll I picked the top 10 composers from one of TC’s voting threads of top composers. I don’t consider the specific composers that important (i.e. I could substitute others in this list and still find the poll interesting).

    The 10 composers are:

    Bach
    Mozart
    Beethoven
    Schubert
    Brahms
    Wagner
    Haydn
    Schumann
    Handel
    Mahler

    It’s a bit tough to perfectly define “enjoy”, but hopefully the descriptions below will help. If you are uncertain about option 1 or 2, probably you should pick 2 (i.e. option 1 should feel obvious to you).

    Pick option 1 if you have a very positive opinion of all these composers. You should strongly like many of their works.

    Pick option 2 if you do not have a very positive opinion of all 10 composers. Select this option if you find even one composer on the list whose works (many of them at least) do not strongly move you in a positive manner.

    Pick option 3 if there are any composers in the list whose works you have not heard enough to confidently select option 1 or 2.

    If you wish to share which composer or composers caused you to select option 2, I will find that interesting. I will make the poll anonymous. Thank you to all who participate.

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    Were you expecting many "I enjoy all these composer"?

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    I was just one composer away(Wagner) from picking option 1.

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    When I first came to TC, I would have expected maybe 90% or more to say they did enjoy all the composers. After reading many threads where people discussed particular composers, my view changed significantly. I'm always surprised to learn that someone does not enjoy Bach, Beethoven, or Mozart, but I know many do not love Wagner and Schumann does not get overwhelming support. I probably should have included an option for those who only like 5 or less of the 10.

    Maybe I should start another poll where I include some "greats" from the 20th century .

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    No brainer. I enjoy all of their music.

    But...shouldn't this poll be titled "...top Austro-German" composers?
    Last edited by Biwa; Sep-26-2016 at 02:14.

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    I find it necessary for the purposes of this poll to leave out of consideration some of the early works of several composers, works rarely or never performed anyway.

    Most of these ten composers turned out major works I don't care for, though this may be more indifference than actual dislike. Handel, Haydn, Mozart and Mahler are composers of whose works I really love a relatively small proportion, but given how prolific the first three were that still includes a goodly amount of music. Of Bach, Beethoven, Wagner and Brahms I cherish nearly all their mature work.

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    I pick option no. 2. I like all of them, except Haydn, Schubert and Handel. It's not that I dislike them, but I can't decide because I haven't really explored them seriously. So, option no. 2 stays.

    I'm really glad that you consider Schumann as a "top" composer. He's definitely that.

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    I like all of them but I'm not as familiar with Handel and Schumann as I'd like to be.

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    I can do without most Handel, with some exceptions like the Concerti grossi op. 6, and Brahms used to be one of my favorites but I don't listen to him nearly as much now.

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    I voted that I enjoy all of them, though not always at the same time or to the same degree of intensity. But I have liked, and probably will like, music from all these composers.

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    How much of a composer's work must we enjoy before we can say we enjoy the composer?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Biwa View Post
    No brainer. I enjoy all of their music.

    But...shouldn't this poll be titled "...top Austro-German" composers?
    I suppose I could do several polls with a varying selection of "top" composers. As I said, I just picked the top 10 from our TC poll. I could have used other sources, and I could have extended past 10. I did want to include Stravinsky, but I just wanted a selection of composers the classical music community would likely vote as great or top or some other designation that indicated overwhelming interest or enjoyment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    How much of a composer's work must we enjoy before we can say we enjoy the composer?
    16.774%.

    No really - more than a few works. If you view that as 10, that's fine. Maybe a few more or less would be fine as well. Mostly it should be sort of obvious. Mahler? Oh yeah, he's great or I love his work.

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    I enjoy a good deal of music by all of the named composers... and a great deal by others unnamed (starting with Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Ravel, Richard Strauss, Stravinsky, Bartok, Rameau, Vivaldi, Verdi, and a good deal more...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmsbls View Post
    I suppose I could do several polls with a varying selection of "top" composers. As I said, I just picked the top 10 from our TC poll. I could have used other sources, and I could have extended past 10. I did want to include Stravinsky, but I just wanted a selection of composers the classical music community would likely vote as great or top or some other designation that indicated overwhelming interest or enjoyment.
    I love Stravinsky too, but even judging by this current poll he's not even as great as Rimsky-Korsakov and barely edges out Borodin.

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