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    Default In the "favorite" series, what is your favorite form of orchestral music ?

    Symphony?
    Concerto?
    Sinfonia concertante?
    Orchestral suite?

    I tend to prefer the symphony because it gives to the composer a freedom that the other forms do not since a symphony, for example, can include some concertante episodes. Also, the different movement of a symphony can be very various, more than any forms (except maybe orchestral suite).
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    I'd go with the concerto for the dialogue.

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    Concerto. I'm a classical guitar listener, so that's the only option from this list.
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    If using the shop-worn "desert-island" metaphor (i.e.: if forced to select one, what would I choose), I would choose symphonies, and I think that it would be the runaway first choice of most (2 prior posters to the contrary). It's a more near-run thing to work out the other places... concertos or suites- with suites, I could "back-door" my way into a bit of great opera & ballet music (Swan Lake, Firebird, Carmen), but I still think concertos would pip it at the end.
    If we're going to mention sinfonias concertante, let's also spare a moment for the tone poem, too. Gives us some Liszt, the preponderance of Richard Strauss- and you could even make the case that some Johann Strauss extended waltzes are kind of "proto" tone poems (like anyone other than competitive dancers-in-training really spins about in 3/4 time for all 11 minutes of Tales from the Vienna Woods).
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    3:2 for Symphonies!

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    Concert-O...
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    Orchestral Suite. (This could be a symphonic suite, a collection of movements or by a stretch of credibility, variations, ballet etc). A suite can have the strict form of a (classical) symphony...or not, as the composer chooses.

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    Orchestral Suite. (This could be a symphonic suite, a collection of movements or by a stretch of credibility, variations, ballet etc).
    Really? I prefer the sense of unity in large scale symphonies (concertos and sonatas too).

    A suite can have the strict form of a (classical) symphony...or not, as the composer chooses.
    As in the Rimsky-Korsakov affair.

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    Symphony.

    The symphony has historically had a bit of a reputation as the highest form of orchestral music, the most grand, the most epic, the most challenging. Anyone could write a little concerto, but a symphony, ah that was for a master. For this reason I think many composers were inspired, or intimidated, into putting their best work into symphonic form, with of course the notable exception of the growing program-music fad in the 19th C. Still, for the greater part of history the symphony has reigned supreme as the perfection of the orchestral art.

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    Symphony.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keemun View Post
    Symphony.
    Symphony, although I like the 3 mvt. typical Concerto format.

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    I have to go with symphony because it's got more soul than a concerto. A concerto says "look at me look at me", whereas a symphony says "look at us look at us". I know it's a bit socialist of me to say this, but the more people recognised, the greater the enjoyment IMO.
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    each symphony has its best movement. the first or the last

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    The symphony is fantastic, but to expand on what tutto just said, I find I often want to listen to just a single movement and not the entire symphony, because I prefer that one movement to the others. I think the tone poem is perhaps more up my alley. One main idea, (perhaps more concise in that sense,) and also freer in terms of form. Many of my fav works are tone poems.
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    As a romanticist, I'd have to say symphony=)
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