View Poll Results: Who would you give an extra 20 years to live?

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  • Vincenzo Bellini

    5 5.00%
  • Lili Boulanger

    4 4.00%
  • Frederic Chopin

    27 27.00%
  • George Gershwin

    12 12.00%
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    22 22.00%
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    55 55.00%
  • Otto Nicolai

    2 2.00%
  • Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

    5 5.00%
  • Henry Purcell

    4 4.00%
  • Franz Schubert

    50 50.00%
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Thread: The add 20 years to their lifes Poll

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    All the composers on the list died before they had reached the age of 40. Image all the great music they could have written if they had lived an extra 20 years! If you were God, which of these composers would you have given an extra 20 years to live so that they could have delighted us even more with their glorious music? Please vote for a maximum of three composers.

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    I voted for Schubert. Like Beethoven, he was a classical-romantic transition figure. Judging from the last piano sonatas, he could have done far more than his short life allowed him to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BuddhaBandit View Post
    I voted for Schubert. Like Beethoven, he was a classical-romantic transition figure. Judging from the last piano sonatas, he could have done far more than his short life allowed him to do.
    You could have voted for three, actually.

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    I voted for Chopin, Mozart and Schubert. Not very surprising I guess. but it's hard for me to leave any of those three out, no matter how much I like some of the others.

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    I'm afraid I didn't cut young Wolfgang any slack. He gets enough accolades. I went with with Schubert, Pergolesi, and Mendelssohn -- but I really just wanted Beethoven, elderly or not.

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    I voted for Gershwin ... certainly taken from this world before his prime, imho. I guess what intrigues me most about Gershwin are the velvety smooth chord transitions in Rhapsody in Blue and many of his other compositions. I didn't notice the option for multiple choice until after voting, but my 2nd vote would have gone to Mendelsshon, not for his orchestral works, but for his organ compositions. My fav of those is his Sonata I for organ, which is part of my standard repertoire.

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    voted Mendelssohn, Schubert, Mozart. No Carl Maria von Weber on the list? He would have gotten one of my votes

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    1) Can the text be edited to make it clear that one can choose up to three?

    2) Another obvious omission... Georges Bizet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by islandersbob View Post
    No Carl Maria von Weber on the list? He would have gotten one of my votes
    Sorry. I thought he was 40 when he died, but I just checked and saw that he was only 39. My mistake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chi_town/Philly View Post
    1) Can the text be edited to make it clear that one can choose up to three?
    I said in my post that people can vote for three composers.

    2) Another obvious omission... Georges Bizet.
    And there will probably be more. There's a limit of ten choices we can have in these polls, although one can probably argue that Bizet is more important than, say, Nicolai. All I can say is that I did my best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhar26 View Post
    And there will probably be more. There's a limit of ten choices we can have in these polls... [a]ll I can say is that I did my best.
    Yup, I've run up against the "10" option before... which is why sometimes I make the final choice "other... please specify in post." As for me, my votes go to:
    1) Schubert: who will probably be battling it out with Mozart all through the duration of the survey...
    2) Gershwin: two words- "learning curve!" His orchestral stuff was really starting to come together... and the arc of his development makes for one interesting speculation.
    Then, I would have selected Bizet had he been available, but since he's not, it's my pleasure to use vote #3 as a Krummhorn proxy and select Mendelssohn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhar26 View Post
    You could have voted for three, actually.
    I'm a purist
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    it is a serious matter dealing out life like this.

    Any of them - dying in their 30s.....long before their full flowering in all likelihood.... Add another 20 years? Yikes, just imagine!

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    1. definely Schubert ! one of my favorite composers, if only he can finished the Unfinished symphony.
    2. mendelssohn, great chamber works, which is the things I really like.

    other composer who gone very young, Arriaga. he is a child prodigy, if only he can go another 10 years.

    btw, good list although I don't know who Pergolessi,Nicolai and Boulanger.

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    I voted for Gershwin and Schubert. I also voted for Chopin, but I don't really know why, as I don't know much of his stuff...
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