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  • Organ Music

    9 16.07%
  • Solo Piano Music

    25 44.64%
  • Lieder

    6 10.71%
  • String Trios, String Quartets, String Quintets, etc...

    29 51.79%
  • Other forms of chamber music (Piano Trios/Quintets, chamber music with wind instruments, etc)

    20 35.71%
  • Oratorios, Masses, Passions, Requiems

    14 25.00%
  • Concertos

    28 50.00%
  • Symphonies, Symphonic Tone Poems, etc.

    42 75.00%
  • Opera

    19 33.93%
  • Light Classical (crossover-classical/popular, dances, etc)

    2 3.57%
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    Default What genres of classical music interest you the most?

    You can vote for a maximum of three choices.

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    Interesting poll, though my own tastes are so polarised that it's not easy to fit the format: for instance, there are certain violin concertos that I love. So I voted for 'concertos' on that basis alone, even though it's years since I last listened to a piano concerto. I'm not sure whether that means I can wear the 'I'm a concerto lover' T-shirt with a clear conscience.

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    I usually go for symphonic works (including concerti) and chamber music (including string ensembles) before anything else, so I voted for four options. Which, curiously, this poll allowed me to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kuhlau View Post
    I voted for four options. Which, curiously, this poll allowed me to do.
    Now you mention it, I've only just realised that I chose 4 options too, and was allowed to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kuhlau View Post
    I usually go for symphonic works (including concerti) and chamber music (including string ensembles) before anything else, so I voted for four options. Which, curiously, this poll allowed me to do.

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    Well, the poll will allow you to vote for all ten really. The maker of the poll can only choose between letting voters choose a single option or else to allow multiple votes. I only suggested a limit of three because otherwise it would be too easy.

    I voted for symphonic, piano solo and opera myself, but I listen to plenty of music from the other categories as well. Only organ and crossover interest me a bit less, but even in those categories there are some exceptions.

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    One thing making this poll a bit ambiguous is that it has no scope for different musical periods. If you mean to limit our choices to genres of the 'Classical' period then that's OK but I like baroque concertos much more than baroque opera andI like romantic Opera more than romantic concetos! Go figure. Anyway I voted for my overall general feeling for the genre rather than any specific works or period.
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    Quote Originally Posted by post-minimalist View Post
    One thing making this poll a bit ambiguous is that it has no scope for different musical periods. If you mean to limit our choices to genres of the 'Classical' period then that's OK but I like baroque concertos much more than baroque opera andI like romantic Opera more than romantic concetos! Go figure. Anyway I voted for my overall general feeling for the genre rather than any specific works or period.
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    Well, the poll has a limit of 10 choices. There's no room for dividing between different periods as well. Maybe having somewhere between 40 or 50 options to choose from would be a bit too much of a good thing anyway.

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    Default Ballot clarification requested

    Speaking of ambiguous...

    I'd like to better understand what's meant by "Light Classical." You say "dances," which seems clear enough (to a point)- I guess you're referring to things like Johann Strauss waltzes, performances of what is perceived as "pops ballet" like The Nutcracker, etc. However, I don't really know what we mean by "crossover-classical/popular." It seems a matter of a continuum- there may be consensus agreement that Katherine Jenkins, Vanessa-Mae and "3 tenors"-like material belong in that category... but how about a Pavarotti recital (for instance). Or material automatically labelled (and prejudiced) as "Pops stuff," like 1812 Overture and the William Tell Overture? How about Suppé? Wagner's Das Liebesverbot Overture?

    One thing becomes clear enough... when it comes to the "Pops" repertoire, "Light Classical" ≠ "light-weight." The lengthier J. Strauss waltzes can be viewed as forerunners to the Tone Poem efforts at the turn of the previous century. Tchaikovsky's Marche Slave is no less worthy a passage of orchestral music than that found in broad sections of his later symphonies. And before we leave the topic of dances, how about Richard Strauss's waltzes from Der Rosenkavalier?

    Maybe I should just cast one of my votes for the "Light Classical" category, simply out of contrarian spirit. I just wanna make it clear that it's not like I have "The complete Charlotte Church" on my shelf [in fact, I don't have any Charlotte Church]. But Gilbert & Sullivan Operetta, Johann Strauss waltzes, Suppé overtures, Pavarotti in the Canzone repertoire... oh yes- unapologetically yes.
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    Really I like all these categories at least sometimes. 'Light classical' & operetta maybe
    least, though even there some recordings last few years.

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    Well, I chose lieder, because I am interested very much in lieder though I have virtually no chance to listen to them (other than Youtube!!!); oratorio/mass/requiem/etc., as that's the next phase I'm getting into; and symphonic, for blatantly obvious reasons for those who have seen any of my posts. I like this thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chi_town/Philly View Post
    Speaking of ambiguous...

    I'd like to better understand what's meant by "Light Classical." You say "dances," which seems clear enough (to a point)- I guess you're referring to things like Johann Strauss waltzes, performances of what is perceived as "pops ballet" like The Nutcracker, etc. However, I don't really know what we mean by "crossover-classical/popular." It seems a matter of a continuum- there may be consensus agreement that Katherine Jenkins, Vanessa-Mae and "3 tenors"-like material belong in that category... but how about a Pavarotti recital (for instance). Or material automatically labelled (and prejudiced) as "Pops stuff," like 1812 Overture and the William Tell Overture? How about Suppé? Wagner's Das Liebesverbot Overture?

    One thing becomes clear enough... when it comes to the "Pops" repertoire, "Light Classical" ≠ "light-weight." The lengthier J. Strauss waltzes can be viewed as forerunners to the Tone Poem efforts at the turn of the previous century. Tchaikovsky's Marche Slave is no less worthy a passage of orchestral music than that found in broad sections of his later symphonies. And before we leave the topic of dances, how about Richard Strauss's waltzes from Der Rosenkavalier?

    Maybe I should just cast one of my votes for the "Light Classical" category, simply out of contrarian spirit. I just wanna make it clear that it's not like I have "The complete Charlotte Church" on my shelf [in fact, I don't have any Charlotte Church]. But Gilbert & Sullivan Operetta, Johann Strauss waltzes, Suppé overtures, Pavarotti in the Canzone repertoire... oh yes- unapologetically yes.
    I mean everything from J.Strauss waltzes to Pavarotti singing "O Sole Mio" or Kiri Te Kanawa singing Gershwin. I guess things like Charlotte Church or Andrea Bochelli singing pop with an orchestra also qualify although I doubt that people here would vote for that category based on that. I definitely didn't mean Wagner's "Tristan & Isolde" which may be popular but not exactly 'light.' Best thing for people to do is to make up their own minds about what qualifies for this category. They can post to explain their vote anyway - if they feel there's any explaining to be done.

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    I err toward symphonic music. I like the soundworlds, moods, and construction of symphonies.
    Doesn't mean to say I don't enjoy the intamacy of chamber music, the virtuoso qualities in concerti and the sonorities of choral music..

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    I don't really understand the question. I don't regard those types of music as 'genres', and I would have to say that I love them all, and don't have a favourite. To me it is the music that matters, and those are just expressions of it.

    If you were to ask what types of classical music I most like, I would have to say early (medieval), late romantic and contemporary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhar26 View Post
    Well, the poll has a limit of 10 choices. There's no room for dividing between different periods as well. Maybe having somewhere between 40 or 50 options to choose from would be a bit too much of a good thing anyway.
    I wasn't really suggesting a change in your already excellent poll. I was just pondering over how to vote. Honest Guv!
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    I focus on chamber pieces. Mainly listened to String Quartet and all its variant. Also like any of woodwind concertos with Clarinet most favorite. And the last should be any piano works.

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