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    Default Your absolute least favorite major composition by your all time favorite composer/s

    OK.... major composition as in, something that wasn't written when the composer was 3 years old. Something held in high regard, but just your least favorite effort by this composer.

    Please explain why

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    My least favorite Ravel composition is probably Bolero. I don't mind it, it has enjoyable moments, but it is very repetitive and for the same reasons alluded to by the composer himself (lacking actual 'music'), its just not a piece I would consider as one of his better works - more of a musical joke kind of thing. It was an interesting experiment though and not something I would discard all together.

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    Well, Finlandia is one of my least favourite of Sibelius's compositions. His later music is amongst music that is most important to me, full stop. But the jingoistic ra-ra just grates. That it is heartfelt is laudable, but doesn't make it more palatable.
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    Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata is probably my least favorite of his piano sonatas and probably my least favorite of his works altogether. I always get this very dizzy feeling while listening to it and is nowhere near the caliber of his later ones (especially his last 7 sonatas). How it is so highly ranked is beyond me.
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    Brahms' piano concertos.

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    Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrMike View Post
    Brahms' piano concertos.
    WHY???

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    The 17th Hungarian Dance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polednice View Post
    The 17th Hungarian Dance.

    had to sell out, didn't you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Marchant View Post
    Well, Finlandia is one of my least favourite of Sibelius's compositions. His later music is amongst music that is most important to me, full stop. But the jingoistic ra-ra just grates. That it is heartfelt is laudable, but doesn't make it more palatable.
    I can never figure out why people don't like Finlandia!! Well, maybe I can. It's been played and performed so many times, I guess it just gets old for the non-obsessed (like me.) My least favorite Sibelius piece, if I can even pick one, is Valse triste. I hardly ever listen to it. I'm really not sure why because it is actually very good. I guess it's just because I have heard it so many times. Familiarity does sometimes breed contempt, justified or not!

    I am sure, Jeremy, that you and I can agree that Finlandia is a nationalist piece. But I will disagree with you that it is jingoist. Jingoism suggests to me a sort of domineering and prideful national chauvanism. That is was never the intent of Finlandia. It rallied a supressed people together when they were under the thumb of Imperial Russia. Very different from, say, the Pomp and Circumstance marches, a piece where the nationalist intentions are more in line with what you are thinking.

    Nationalism does not necessary equal jingoism. And having pride in one's nation is, on a very fundemental level, a beautiful and necessary thing. The Finns have such a pride and Finlandia, as overplayed as it is, is a very pure, forceful and harmless expression of that.
    "Music is not philosophy." --Akira Ifukube

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrMike View Post
    Brahms' piano concertos.
    you must explain this

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    I think Mahler's weakest symphony is his 1st.

    Of the major Brahms works that recieve a LOT of acclaim, I would probably say that the cello sonatas dont do it as much for me.

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    I'm not overly fond of Medtner's 3rd piano concerto, it is a bit dull to me.

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    Although I must have a least favorite composition of all my favorite composers, I do not know any major works that I do not like. The closest I could come was Prokofiev's Violin Concertos. I would not place Prokofiev as one of my favorite composers, but I do like his symphonies, piano concertos, and some piano sonatas a lot. The violin concertos, however, don't seem to move me at all.

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