View Poll Results: What is the greatest Octet?

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  • Beethoven: Op. 103, Octet in E flat for 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, and 2 Horns

    3 6.98%
  • Bruch: Octet in B flat for 4 Violins, 2 Violas, Cello, and Bass

    0 0%
  • Mendelssohn: Op. 20, Octet in E flat for 4 Violins, 2 Violas, and 2 Cellos

    21 48.84%
  • Mozart: K375, Serenade in E flat for 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns, and 2 Bassoons

    0 0%
  • Mozart: K388, Serenade in C minor for 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns, and 2 Bassoons

    2 4.65%
  • Schubert: D803, Octet for Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, 2 Violins, Viola, Cello, and Bass

    10 23.26%
  • Spohr: Op.32, Octet in E for Violin, 2 Violas, Cello, Bass, Clarinet, and 2 Horns

    0 0%
  • Spohr: Op. 65, Octet in D minor for 4 Violins, 2 Violas, and 2 Cellos

    0 0%
  • Other (specify in comments please)

    7 16.28%
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  1. #31
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerome View Post
    Yes! The Bruch is exceptional. It was not published in his lifetime, written near the end of his life. Unlike the Mendelssohn, it has a bass in place of a second cello, which given better balance to the large chamber group.
    I've listened to it now. And it's really good. Don't know how I overlooked it.
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    Schubert ahead of Mendelssohn and Bruch.
    Und Morgen wird die Sonne wieder scheinen.....

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    Voted. Schubert: D803, Octet for Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, 2 Violins, Viola, Cello, and Bass

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    Voted other for Igor.
    "When a man is treated like a beast, he says, 'After all, I'm human.' When he behaves like a beast, he says, 'After all, I'm only human.' " - Karl Kraus

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    Little addition to this thread.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Np9yApXD94
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    Last edited by Czech composer; Dec-25-2016 at 17:39.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Czech composer View Post
    Little addition to this thread.
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    I got through about two minutes of that before I could not take anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Czech composer View Post
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    The musical equivalent of tinnitus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Czech composer View Post
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    I have it in my Steve Reich box set. Not my favorite work of his, but engaging.

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    Interesting to see the small quantity yet nice variety of octets out there. Some are like large string quartets, others like mini orchestras.

    Anyways, I voted for that unbelievable 16-year-old. No surprises there!

    Speaking of teenagers, Shosty also wrote a nice early Octet that foreshadows much to come. That was all before "stuff happened", but it was unmistakenly Shosty.

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    I didn't see all the choices. For me, definitely Mozart K. 388.

    Sorry Felix.

    The fact that it scored so low in the poll is proof enough of its greatness.

    TC is the perfect contrary indicator.
    Last edited by hpowders; Jan-19-2017 at 17:46.

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    Schubert still strong at second place.
    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
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    Joachim Raff for strings. IMHO, comparable to Felix's

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