View Poll Results: Proportion vocal vs instrumental in your collection?

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  • My collection is all vocal works.

    0 0%
  • My collection is mostly vocal works.

    3 6.82%
  • I have more vocal than instrumental works.

    4 9.09%
  • My collection is about 50/50 vocal/instrumental.

    7 15.91%
  • I have more instrumental than vocal works.

    11 25.00%
  • My collection is mostly instrumental works.

    17 38.64%
  • My collection is all instrumental works.

    1 2.27%
  • Neither--I prefer stuff like 4'33"

    1 2.27%
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    Default Vocal or Instrumental: what is your proportion?

    How much of your classical collection is vocal vs instrumental music. This is ball park so just find the category that is close to what you feel you own. You don't have to go count CDs or anything like that.

    A collection in the "mostly" category could be say 80% or more I guess. Again, just ball parking things here.
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    Instrumental music is my primary interest, but there is a lot of vocal music that is strongly appealing to me. As a result, I considerably expanded my collection of vocal music, including operas, last year. Still, my collection likely falls into your 80% category, Florestan. I have not taken into consideration the many albums that are primarily instrumental, but contain some vocal works, too.

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    Of my 300 CDs about eleven are vocal works. Three Requiems, Britten song cycles, a couple Puccini highlights CDs, and a Kings College Choir 5 CD box set. Some symphonies in my collection have have some singing. Not much. I'm an instrumentalist.

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    I wasn't sure if you meant purely vocal or if vocal backed by an instrument counts as vocal. I chose the latter and selected "I have more instrumental than vocal," but I could have picked "mostly instrumental" and might have picked "almost mostly instrumental" if that category had been available.

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    About 60/40 here, with most of my 'vocal' CD's being opera. I can sort of tell as I have them segregated on the shelves

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    Mostly, by far, instrumental. Vocal is limited to some big-name requiems and masses and oratorios plus some song cycles and a few operas. The operas are mostly Mozart and a couple by Britten. I'm not counting music I very seldom listen to, for instance, the Ring Cycle.


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    I'm probably 50/50. I'm a big fan of sacred music, and that's mostly vocal, so it counterbalances all that fiddle music.

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    More instrumental -- probably 2/3 to 3/4.

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    In principle I aim for 50-50. There are beautiful instrumental and vocal works from Baroque, Classical and Romantic for example. But I actually have no idea what I actually do have, I think it is about 50-50.

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    I am thinking this poll may be skewed to instrumental because it is in the Classical Music Discussion forum, which probably focuses more on instrumental music since there are separate forums for different types of vocal music.
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    The larger portion of my collection is instrumental coupled with bits and odds of vocal music. Save for a select few Operas, Concert Arias, Lieder and Sacred music, I don't particularly have a sizable vocal music collection. Perhaps with time this may change!
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    Wow, very difficult for me to guesstimate a proportion, but I said "50/50". I have a sizable opera collection with multiple recordings of several works in that genre; couple those with selections of Renaissance polyphony, oratorios, masses, numerous cds of Bach's cantatas, and various lieder (most prominently Schubert and Schumann) and it wold say my collection of vocal music rivals that of instrumental...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I am thinking this poll may be skewed to instrumental because it is in the Classical Music Discussion forum, which probably focuses more on instrumental music since there are separate forums for different types of vocal music.
    But there are also separate forums for solo/chamber, orchestral and ballet.

    My collection is about 60/40 in favor of instrumental works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog View Post
    But there are also separate forums for solo/chamber, orchestral and ballet.
    Good point. And we probably are fine since this is the first forum in the list, and broadly general in focus.
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    In my case 80% is instrumental I think. For the other 20 I have in my shelves just a few operas, some sacred music, and mostly lieder recordings

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