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    Default Favorite Symphonic Movements

    In this thread, you need merely list your favorite movements from any number symphonies. List as many as you want. You may have ties if you really feel it necessary. Think carefully. Make your list as varied as possible. Add as much information (such as full composer name, number of symphony, opus number, title of movement, etc.) If you really want, you may upload mp3's. My list might be the following:

    1. Antonin Dvorák -- Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95, IV. Allegro con Fuoco

    2. Dmitry Shostakovich -- Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47, IV. Allegro non Troppo

    3. Antonin Dvorák -- Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95, III. Molto Vivace

    4. Ludwig van Beethoven -- Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125, I. Allegro ma non Troppo

    5. Ludwig van Beethoven -- Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67, I. Allegro con Brio

    6. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky -- Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64, I. Andante, Allegro con Anima

    7. Felix Mendelssohn -- Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90, IV. Saltarello, Presto

    8. Sergey Rachmaninov -- Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27, II. Allegro Molto

    9. Franz Schubert -- Symphony No. 9 in C Major, D. 944, I. Andante, Allegro ma non Troppo

    10. Ludwig van Beethoven -- Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, III. Allegro

    11. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart -- Symphony No. 25 in G Minor, K. 183, I. Allegro con Brio

    12. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky -- Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36, IV. Finale, Allegro con Fuoco

    13. Felix Mendelssohn -- Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 11, IV. Allegro con Fuoco

    14. Sergey Prokofiev -- Symphony No. 7 in C Sharp Minor, Op. 131, I. Moderato

    15. Gustav Mahler -- Symphony No. 5 in C Sharp Minor, II. Stürmisch Bewegt, mit Größter Vehemenz
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    My first thought was - how do you separate the movements of a symphony. It should be taken as a complete work. But that's not always true I think. There are many symphonies I like only parts of. My favorite single movements out of context will probably be like most others. Let's see:

    Beethoven - No. 9, movement 4. This movement is close to a religious experience for me. Plenty more Beethoven movements move me too, of course.

    Brahms - No. 4, movement 1. This is Brahms saying farewell.

    Bruckner - No. 9, movement 2. This is awesome, ominous, and memorable. I wonder if it inspired Holst's Mars.

    Mozart - No. 39, movement 3. I have always stated I don't like Mozart very much, but this one movement, if played fast enough gets me going. It's not a very famous Mozart symphony, but this movement is the one that is leading me to finally "get" Mozart. I love the itchy, itchy rhythm of the strings

    There's many many more.

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    Some of my favourites:

    Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 In Eb Major, Op. 82 - III. Allegro Molto
    Sibelius: Symphony No. 6 In D Minor, Op. 104 - I. Allegro Molto Moderato
    Brahms: Symphony No. 3 In F Major, Op. 90 - III. Poco Allegretto
    Mahler: Symphony No. 5 In C# Minor - IV. Adagietto, Sehr Langsam
    Mahler: Symphony No. 2 In C Minor, "Resurrection" - V. Mit Aufschwung, Aber Nicht Eilen
    Schumann: Symphony No. 3 In Eb Major, Op. 97, "Rhenish" - I. Lebhaft

    These are stand-out movements from symphonies that really move me

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    A few of mine. This is very hard:

    Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5 - III. Romanza
    Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony - III. Scherzo
    Nielsen: Symphony No. 2 - IV. Allegro sanguineo
    Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 - II. Scherzo
    Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 - III. Adagio Langsam, feierlich
    Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 - II. Adagio Sehr feierlich
    Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 - II. Scherzo - Allergro Moderato
    Mahler: Symphony No. 5 - I. Trauermarsch
    Mahler: Symphony No. 5 - IV. Adagietto
    Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 - II. Allegro
    Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 - I. Allegretto
    Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 - III. Adagio
    Brahms: Symphony No. 4 - III. Allegro giocoso - Poco meno presto
    Brahms: Symphony No. 3 - III. Poco allegretto
    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 3 - V. Finale: Allegro con fuoco
    Langgaard: Symphony No. 1 - I. Braendinger og Solglimt (Surf and Glimpses of Sun): Maestoso
    Bantock: A Celtic Symphony - V. Largamente maestoso
    Elgar: Symphony No. 2 - II. Larghetto

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    Beethoven No. 5: Last movement
    Beethoven No. 7: Slow movement and finale
    Berlioz SF: Reveries/passions et Un Bal.
    Mendelssohn No. 3: First movement
    Brahms No. 4: I love every movement, but there is one special moment in 3rd, which makes me wet.
    Brahms No. 1: First movement, especially opening.
    Schumann No. 1: First movement
    Haydn No. 53: 4rd movement
    Recently: Sibelus No. 2, First movement

    I won't mention Mozart, it's impossible to choose just few favourties.

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    Oy vey, this is impossible! So, an arbitrary limitation to a baker's dozen, and no more than one per composer, the central criterion being that I'm most aware of having hummed or whistled something from the chosen movement fairly frequently recently....

    1) Rubinstein, #2 in C Major, Op. 42, "Ocean," mvt. 7
    2) Beethoven, #9 in d minor, Op. 125, mvt. 1
    3) Raichl, #2, mvt. 4
    4) Creston, #2, mvt. 2
    5) Bruckner, #8 in c minor, mvt. 4
    6) Mahler, #6 in a minor, mvt. 4
    7) Zweers, #3, "Aan mijn Vaderland," mvt. 2
    8) Shostakovich, # 15 in a minor, mvt. 4
    9) Sulek, #6, mvt. 2
    10) Prokofiev, #5, mvt. 3
    11) Haydn, #44 in e minor, 'Trauer," mvt. 1
    12) Schumann, #1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 38, mvt. 1
    13) Schubert, #9 in C Major, mvt. 2

    Oh, man, I've had to leave out a great many, too many.... Okay, that's it; if the next one of these is 'Your favorite 37 consecutive measures in a symphony,' I'm giving up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LvB View Post
    Oy vey, this is impossible!
    I couldn't agree with you more on that one...

    Mahler 2 finale
    Mahler 6 andante and finale
    Mahler 8 II
    Mahler 9 finale
    Sibelius 3 II
    Sibelius 6 I
    Sibelius 7
    Beethoven 3 II
    Brahms 2 I
    Haydn 88 finale
    Bruckner 4 finale
    Bruckner 8 III

    I'll think of more, surely, but it's too late at night to think of very many...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    Brahms No. 1: First movement, especially opening.
    Oh! If you had selected the 4th movement I would have been right there with you. It's tough for me to select any single movements out of a symphony, but if I had to it would be that and the Allegretto from Beethoven's 7th--it defines the entire work.
    Op. 109

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    Beethoven 7th, 2nd mov
    Beethoven 6th, 5th mov
    Dvorak 9th, 2nd and 4th mov
    Brahms 4th, 2nd mov
    Bruckner 4th, 4th mov
    Bruckner 7th, 1th mov
    Bruckner 9th, 2nd mov
    Mahler 1st, 3rd mov
    Mahler 9th, 1st mov
    Prok 5th, 2nd mov
    Berlioz, 1st, 2nd and 4th

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    No particular order

    Schumann 3rd - last
    Beethoven 9th - 1
    Beethoven 3rd - 1
    Beethoven 6th - last
    Mozart 41st - 2nd
    Haydn 97 - 3
    Brahms 4th - 2
    Bruckner 7th - 1
    Mozart 34 - 2
    Elgar 1st - 2
    Tchaikovsky 5 - 2 or 4
    Franck - last
    Schubert 9 - 2
    Mendelssohn 4th - 4
    Sibelius 5th - last
    Haydn 48 - 1
    Brahms 2 - 4

    There's a few, no doubt quite a few others I could add.

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    Any list I make will likely include all the movements of a small number of symphonies.

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    I agree with emiellucifuge, mostly I like Symphonies in their entirity but there are a few:

    Vaughan-Williams - A Sea Symphony Mvt. 1
    Arnold - Symphony No. 5 Mvt. 2
    Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique - Mvt. 2
    Beethoven - Symphony 6 Mvt. 1
    Dvorak - Symphony 9 - Mvt. 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jess View Post
    I agree with emiellucifuge, mostly I like Symphonies in their entirity
    Well I'm sure that's what most people like, but this thread is about picking out particular movements so that's what people are doing, doesn't mean they don't listen to the pieces in full.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starry View Post
    Well I'm sure that's what most people like, but this thread is about picking out particular movements so that's what people are doing, doesn't mean they don't listen to the pieces in full.
    Quite... I don't believe I implied as much.
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    Some that I particularly like:

    Brahms Fourth--Third movement
    Rachmaninov First--First and Fourth movements.
    Sibelius First--First movement
    Shostakovich Fifth--Second movement
    Mahler First--Second movement
    Rachmaninov Second--Third and fourth movements
    Brahms Second--Second movement
    Beethoven First--Fourth movement
    Beethoven Seventh--First and Fourth movements
    Beethoven Eighth--First movement
    Beethoven Ninth--Second movement
    Schumann First--First movement
    Dvorak Sixth--First and Fourth movements
    Dvorak Eighth--Third and Fourth movements

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