View Poll Results: Your Beethoven symphonies experiences

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  • No.3: I've heard it and I like it

    88 89.80%
  • No.3: I've heard it and I don't like it

    5 5.10%
  • No.3: I haven't heard it

    5 5.10%
  • No.5: I've heard it and I like it

    92 93.88%
  • No.5: I've heard it and I don't like it

    4 4.08%
  • No.5: I haven't heard it

    2 2.04%
  • No.6: I've heard it and I like it

    91 92.86%
  • No.6: I've heard it and I don't like it

    6 6.12%
  • No.6: I haven't heard it

    2 2.04%
  • No.7: I've heard it and I like it

    90 91.84%
  • No.7: I've heard it and I don't like it

    3 3.06%
  • No.7: I haven't heard it

    7 7.14%
  • No.9: I've heard it and I like it

    87 88.78%
  • No.9: I've heard it and I don't like it

    9 9.18%
  • No.9: I haven't heard it

    2 2.04%
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    Default A Beethoven symphonies poll

    The top 5 works in my A la carte polls, based on simple percentages, are all Beethoven symphonies: 5, 7, 6, 3 and 9.
    In those polls, if someone doesn't vote for a work, I can't tell whether it's because they dislike or because they don't know it.
    So this poll attempts to find out: who doesn't like these very-popular works, and who hasn't heard them?

    Answer carefully!
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    Well done, Nereffid - 100% agreement between voters so far
    Last edited by Headphone Hermit; Jan-28-2016 at 11:15.
    "Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils." Berlioz, 1856

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    Well, I'm expecting "I like it" to be extremely dominant in each case, obviously!

    The scores on the A la carte polls currently are:
    No.5: 91.2%
    No.6: 86.5%
    No.3: 86.4%
    No.7: 86.3%
    No.9: 84.6%

    They're all high, but still it means that 1 in 7 people don't give a "like" to a supposedly towering masterpiece such as the 9th.
    Last edited by Nereffid; Jan-28-2016 at 11:33.

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    Can't say I'm much of a fan of any of these but I did click on like for the 7th (but only because of the second movement). I do quite like some Beethoven works though such as Piano Concerto No. 4, the Archduke Trio and the 1st Piano Sonata.

    I think it is safe to say I am less of a Beethoven and Shostakovich fan than the majority of posters on TC.
    Last edited by tdc; Jan-28-2016 at 11:50.

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    Where is my favourite - the 8th? Why is it not included?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KRoad View Post
    Where is my favourite - the 8th? Why is it not included?
    Because the universe doesn't revolve round you?

    Also, and more precisely, because the 5 that were included were done so for a specific reason outlined in my first post above.

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    I do like them all

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    Heard all, liked all
    Listening to one another is an important thing in life. And music tells us how to do that. - Claudio Abbado

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    Beethoven's poor old 9th. What did it ever do to upset some people? I like them all. The 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th were part of the sound-track to my childhood. I didn't knowingly hear the 9th until I was a student, as my parents didn't have a recording. Although I may have heard parts on the radio without knowing it. Boy, was I surprised when I heard the finale, having known the Choral Fantasia, Op 80 since I was little.
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    I was intrigued - who hasn't heard the Eroica ... the same person has clicked each of these responses

    No.3: I've heard it and I like it
    No.3: I've heard it and I don't like it
    No.3: I haven't heard it

    ... and so on through the lot

    Wow - that's a very serious case of schizophrenia (or illiteracy!)
    "Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils." Berlioz, 1856

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headphone Hermit View Post
    I was intrigued - who hasn't heard the Eroica ... the same person has clicked each of these responses

    No.3: I've heard it and I like it
    No.3: I've heard it and I don't like it
    No.3: I haven't heard it

    ... and so on through the lot

    Wow - that's a very serious case of schizophrenia (or illiteracy!)
    Or intentional statistical disturbance...
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    I nearly violated the ToS about that one, I can tell you.

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    Would have voted "don't like" on 6 not too long ago, but then realized that it's not inherently boring, it's just always played that way. (Gods bless Mengelberg and the Concertgebouw - like everybody, they play the first movement as an andante with some faster bits, but at least they make it a hearty andante.)

    Quote Originally Posted by TurnaboutVox View Post
    Beethoven's poor old 9th. What did it ever do to upset some people?
    Got too popular.

    Quote Originally Posted by TurnaboutVox View Post
    I didn't knowingly hear the 9th until I was a student, though I may have heard parts on the radio without knowing it, as my parents didn't have a recording. Boy, was I surprised when I heard the finale, having known the Choral Fantasia, Op 80 since I was little.
    Ha - that's like the people who are surprised to learn that Paul McCartney was in a band before Wings. (Except technically the other way around, I guess.) (God, isn't the choral fantasia a wonderful little piece of music?)
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    Just to qualify my answer: I've heard the Fifth many many times, and at the beginning liked it a lot. But over the years I've grown bored with it and never put it on anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkW View Post
    Just to qualify my answer: I've heard the Fifth many many times, and at the beginning liked it a lot. But over the years I've grown bored with it and never put it on anymore.
    I have the same problem, but I still answered that I like it. I just never need to hear again.

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