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  • Medieval/Renaissance (e.g. Palestrina, Tallis, Burd, des Prez)

    0 0%
  • Baroque (e.g. Bach, Handel, Telemann, Vivaldi, Percell)

    3 13.04%
  • Classical (e.g. Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Boccherini)

    5 21.74%
  • Early Romantic (e.g. Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Chopin)

    2 8.70%
  • Late Romantic (e.g. Liszt, Wagner, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak)

    7 30.43%
  • Modern (e.g. Shostakovich, Stravinski, Bartok, Shoenberg)

    6 26.09%
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Thread: What is your favorite period of classical music?

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    Default What is your favorite period of classical music?

    I was inspired by another poll to create one of my own. Forgive me if this has been done before. I suspect it almost certainly has, but I can't seem to find it.

    EDIT: Sure enough, immediately after posting, I see one from almost 2 years ago listed in "similar threads" below. Sorry for the repetition, but I'm still interested in your responses.
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    It's rather strange of me, but I very much like Renaissance, Baroque, and Late Romantic with some Modernism. Classical and Early Romantic never had a lot of hold on my interest (except some Beethoven, but then not that much). I just don't know which to pick, so I'll wait a little while and see...
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    Even though I consider Beethoven the greatest composer and a hero for artists of all types, I go for Baroque.

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    Except for medieval and renaissance I could have voted for any one of these categories actually. I ended up voting for classical because Mozart and Beethoven are two composers I really couldn't live without.

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    I voted for modern. I thought of it this way: if I could have a hypothetical box set of all the works from a single period on a desert island with me, it would be a modern period box set. Sure, I like certain composers from the other periods (Bach from the Baroque, Beethoven from the Classical, etc.), but, on the whole, my composers I like/total composers ratio for the modern is far greater than that of other periods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhar26 View Post
    Except for medieval and renaissance I could have voted for any one of these categories actually.
    Same here. But I ended up voting for early Romantic because no one had voted for it and I love both early and late Romantic.

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    I voted for the 'late' romantics, though I would count both J S Bach and William Walton amongst my Top 10 favourite composers, and who lived roughly 300 years apart, so I feel it's not a very convincing vote!

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    Great! So we have the Romantic covered.

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    I voted Late Romantic, though my tastes have been widening so much recently that I begin to wonder whether that would still be be my choice in a year's time. But if I jot down a list of composers who are most likely to make me go weak at the knees (Wagner, Puccini, Massenet, Elgar, RVW), the message is still clear, for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuddhaBandit View Post
    I voted for modern. I thought of it this way: if I could have a hypothetical box set of all the works from a single period on a desert island with me, it would be a modern period box set. Sure, I like certain composers from the other periods (Bach from the Baroque, Beethoven from the Classical, etc.), but, on the whole, my composers I like/total composers ratio for the modern is far greater than that of other periods.
    And if you consider all the modern music that is directly a throwback to earlier styles (the "holy minimalists" to Palestrina, for example), then you get much much more variety than just modern-style music. But I'm still withholding my vote for now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by World Violist View Post
    And if you consider all the modern music that is directly a throwback to earlier styles (the "holy minimalists" to Palestrina, for example), then you get much much more variety than just modern-style music. But I'm still withholding my vote for now.
    This is a good point that I hadn't thought of. In fact, the works of single composers (Stravinsky, for example) almost offer "tours" of western music from Baroque to the 20th century.
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    I vote Classical period. I can listen to all works from Classical but only selected from Romantic (Chopin, Dvorak, and all the famous in "Best of classical.. " ). Some works in Modern also I enjoyed but then again the Atonal and Twelve tone music seem alien to me.

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    I'm surprised nobody mentioned Johann Strauss. His music will be always famous
    because of the movies with his music in it like 2001, Roses From the South, Blue
    Danube, and more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phoenixshade View Post
    Sure enough, immediately after posting, I see one from almost 2 years ago listed in "similar threads" below.
    Well... you did refine the categories somewhat. Interesting that you segmented the Romantic period... Bill Parker (author of "Building a Classical Music Library") did something similar, using the designations "Mainstream Romantics" and "Late Romantics."

    Wanna start an argument? See how anyone feels about whether Beethoven is a) primarily a Classical-period composer, b) an incipient Classicist who quickly became for the most part a Romantic, or c) a level blend between Classicism & Romanticism. Rather than head down those choppy waters, I'll just take to OPs categories on their face and call Beethoven a Classical period composer (but only for the purposes of this poll.).

    Good to see ya back, mg! I have some recent sympathy with your mention of Johann Strauss, having recently defended his output (in my own oblique manner) in this post. I DO understand, though, that since the OP limited himself to a baker's-two-dozen composers in his poll, there were undoubtedly going to be some very nice composers that wouldn't get mentioned.

    Man... if we call all of Beethoven's output "Classical period," can I ignore Beethoven for the sake of the "50 years of Europe" of the late-Romantics? I'll have to get back to you on that one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chi_town/Philly
    Wanna start an argument? See how anyone feels about whether Beethoven is ...
    ... which is precisely why I chose to actually list him as a Classicist. I am aware of the numerous arguments on both sides. But after all, any division of music into historical periods is a somewhat subjective judgement of the historian. I seriously doubt Beethoven woke up one day and thought to himself, "Today I start a new musical era!"

    Also, I'm sure that some people might argue that I put list in the wrong Liszt, or something like that...
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