View Poll Results: Most valued grouping: vote for one only

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  • Middle-period concertos

    3 5.88%
  • Middle-period piano sonatas

    5 9.80%
  • Middle-period string quartets

    1 1.96%
  • Middle-period symphonies

    14 27.45%
  • Late-period piano sonatas

    13 25.49%
  • Late-period string quartets

    15 29.41%
  • Other?

    0 0%
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Thread: What's your most valued Beethoven grouping?

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    Default What's your most valued Beethoven grouping?

    We often think of Beethoven's works in groupings. Well, sometimes anyway!

    Here are some groupings. Which one do you value above the others? Use whatever criteria you like...


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    Why do this to me, Ken? Choosing between the late sonatas and the late quartets is highly stressful.

    Either way, I chose the late quartets.
    "No composer has been more innovative than Beethoven, he radically changed the nature and character of the music composed in the two centuries that followed his earliest works" - Charles Rosen ("The Classical Style")

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    I like piano concertos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiesIraeCX View Post
    Why do this to me, Ken? Choosing between the late sonatas and the late quartets is highly stressful.

    Either way, I chose the late quartets.
    A hard dilemma for me as well, but the Hammerklavier, my favorite Beethoven sonata, edges it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lukecash12 View Post
    A hard dilemma for me as well, but the Hammerklavier, my favorite Beethoven sonata, edges it out.
    Me too. That opening seems to proclaim, "You may now rise. Beethoven has arrived!"

    Not to mention the other astonishing late sonatas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weston View Post
    Me too. That opening seems to proclaim, "You may now rise. Beethoven has arrived!"

    Not to mention the other astonishing late sonatas.
    The opening and the great peculiarities of that movement are entertaining indeed, but it is the adagio sostenuto that I find to be a palatial, melancholy residence that I must return to from time to time. It locks me into a nostalgic reverie of formative listening experiences, lending a level of autobiographical clarity that is unusual for me as I remember thoughts about life back then, the sights and sounds of my surroundings, the intensity of different parts of the movement that I am chasing after by listening again.
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    Late sonatas narrowly edge out quartets for me too.

    My favorite is No. 28 in A.

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    I've voted the late string quartets ,but same case as DiesIrae.
    Last edited by Heliogabo; Feb-25-2016 at 02:23.

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    Late quartets all the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morimur View Post
    Late quartets all the way.
    I believe we finally have some common ground sir, I'm with you, the late quartets are my choice as well.

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    How to vote if one can't choose?

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    I love the late period works, but I'm more familiar with the late sonatas, so I voted for that group.

    I'm listening to the last sonata right now, at the "jazzy" variation

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    How does one pit Beethoven against Beethoven? I need the pianist and the symphonist!

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    I was confused about the actual works included in each period. I just don't know Beethoven's life that well. Did he have any late-period symphonies? Was his early period that bad? I voted for concertos because I like all five.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bharbeke View Post
    I was confused about the actual works included in each period. I just don't know Beethoven's life that well. Did he have any late-period symphonies? Was his early period that bad? I voted for concertos because I like all five.
    Beethoven arguably more than any other composer's works, can be easily distinguished into 3 periods. Early ( 1793-1803), middle (1804-1814) and late (1815-1826).

    To answer your questions: He had one late period symphony the 9th (some consider it his greatest work). His early period is far from bad (with such works as: his first 2 symphonies, his first 6 string quartets, his first 11 piano sonatas ect..) however with time Beethoven embraced a more individualistic style and expression in his music so that's probably why his middle and later periods are more popular with more seasoned listeners.

    If you have heard some of his late period and they don't quite speak to you yet, don't worry they will reveal themselves in time and are some of the most profound pieces of music ever created. Happy listening..

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