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  • Arensky: Variations on a theme of Tchaikovsky, op.35a

    2 4.76%
  • Bach, CPE: Variations on 'Les Folies d'Espagne', Wq.118 no.9/H.263

    3 7.14%
  • Beethoven: Variations and Fugue in E flat, op.35, 'Eroica variations'

    10 23.81%
  • Britten: Variations on a theme by Frank Bridge

    17 40.48%
  • Dohnányi: Variations on a Nursery Song, op.25

    8 19.05%
  • Dvořák: Symphonic Variations, op.78

    15 35.71%
  • Elgar: Enigma Variations, op.36

    28 66.67%
  • Gershwin: Variations on 'I got rhythm'

    14 33.33%
  • Ives: Variations on 'America'

    12 28.57%
  • Rachmaninov: Variations on a theme of Corelli, op.42

    14 33.33%
  • Reger: Variations and Fugue on a theme of Mozart, op.132

    11 26.19%
  • Schoenberg: Variations for Orchestra, op.31

    21 50.00%
  • Vaughan Williams: Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus

    12 28.57%
  • I don't know any of these works

    2 4.76%
  • I don't like any of these works

    2 4.76%
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Thread: Nereffid's A la carte poll #41: Variations (1 of 2)

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    Default Nereffid's A la carte poll #41: Variations (1 of 2)

    Part of a continuing series of polls, which simply asks:
    Which of these works do you like?

    My goal is to build a general picture of the musical interests on TC.

    Please vote for *all* of the pieces you like.
    Options are available for voters who don't know any of the works, and those who know some but don't like any of them. Even "I don't know any" is an interesting and welcome piece of information.


    Thank you to everyone who's voted so far!
    You can still vote in all the previous polls. For the full list, see the blog entry linked in my signature below.

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    This and the next poll obviously aren't going to be a definitive or thorough survey of "variations" pieces.
    I've already decided on what's in the next one, so you can save your complaints about what's missing until tomorrow.

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    Ugh, it looks like whatever had the site shut down earlier today has now messed around with some accented characters. It all looked fine when I posted the poll.

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    Schoenberg, Reger, Ives, Britten. In that order.

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    The first time I have voted for only a small handful in quite a while!

    CPE Bach
    Dvorak
    Gershwin
    Schoenberg

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    Bumping... giving this poll a bit more time before posting part 2.

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    So few votes for the Eroica Variations! From a contemporary (1804) review: "Inexhaustible imagination, original mood, profound inner feeling, and passion—those are the individual features of the genial physiognomy that characterizes almost all of Hr. v. B's works. These works secure him one of the highest ranks among first-rate instrumental composers. In his later works, particularly, his care to keep to the chosen character of a work, his combination of the freest style with purity of phrasing, and, I would like to say, his ability to combine this with contrapuntal elegance are undeniable. One can find all these traits to a high degree in this work. Even the form of the whole, which deviates so very much from common fare, bears witness to his undeniable genius."


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    CPE Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff variations of Corelli and Elgar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    So few votes for the Eroica Variations! From a contemporary (1804) review: "Inexhaustible imagination, original mood, profound inner feeling, and passion—those are the individual features of the genial physiognomy that characterizes almost all of Hr. v. B's works. These works secure him one of the highest ranks among first-rate instrumental composers. In his later works, particularly, his care to keep to the chosen character of a work, his combination of the freest style with purity of phrasing, and, I would like to say, his ability to combine this with contrapuntal elegance are undeniable. One can find all these traits to a high degree in this work. Even the form of the whole, which deviates so very much from common fare, bears witness to his undeniable genius."
    I too was surprised to see such a low vote for the Eroica Variations, though maybe I shouldn't have been.
    One of the first albums of Beethoven's piano music that I heard - back when I was first starting to listen to classical - was Brendel's recording on Philips.
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    I suppose somewhere in my naive head I lodged the thought "It's got equal billing with Für Elise, it must be one of the greats!", which thought emerged again on seeing this poll. But certainly in terms of recordings it's well below all the sonatas and the Diabelli Variations, so perhaps it's not especially high on the general listener's radar.

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    If you'll indulge me, here's another bump for this poorly-attended poll.

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    I don't know why the Eroica variations seem to have comparatively few votes.
    ≥12

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoonlightSonata View Post
    I don't know why the Eroica variations seem to have comparatively few votes.
    All the leading pieces are orchestral. A sign of our degenerate times.


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    Picked favourites only.
    Don´t know the CPE Bach work, it sounds interesting.

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    I missed this one somehow.

    I don't enjoy the Eroica Variations. Sorry. It's the ostinato section.

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