View Poll Results: Greatest symphonists? Vote for up to three.

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  • Beethoven

    89 79.46%
  • Brahms

    26 23.21%
  • Bruckner

    32 28.57%
  • Dvorak

    6 5.36%
  • Haydn

    35 31.25%
  • Mahler

    65 58.04%
  • Mendelssohn

    3 2.68%
  • Mozart

    27 24.11%
  • Prokofiev

    3 2.68%
  • Schumann

    4 3.57%
  • Shostakovich

    10 8.93%
  • Sibelius

    27 24.11%
  • Stravinsky

    3 2.68%
  • Other (who?)

    8 7.14%
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Thread: Who were the greatest symphonists?

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    Default Who were the greatest symphonists?

    The question was raised elsewhere, so there's no harm asking. Who were the greatest symphonists?

    Please vote for up to three. If somebody not listed is in your top three, shout it out!


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    Should have made the results public, otherwise how will you know if some subversive element votes for 4? (I voted for Beethoven and nobody else. As far as you know.)

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    Beethoven, then Mahler and Brahms

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    Beethoven and Mahler were easy. For me the battle was between Bruckner and Sibelius... even though I like Sibelius ever so much, I simply cannot call him a better symphonist than Bruckner.
    Last edited by Klassic; Feb-28-2016 at 06:17.

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    I never vote in public polls, in case the NSA is watching. I assume others feel likewise.


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    Dude, the NSA knows how you voted anyway.

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    Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart. The set the foundation for all composers to write symphonies.

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    You know, even though Haydn is not really my cup of tea, I doubt one could deny his vital importance and greatness. If we were being technical it seems he may very well have to stand next to Beethoven. I'm just trying to think more objective here.

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    Agree, and listening to Beethoven's first two symphonies all you could hear is Haydn's influence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klassic View Post
    Beethoven and Mahler were easy. For me the battle was between Bruckner and Sibelius... even though I like Sibelius ever so much, I simply cannot call him a better symphonist than Bruckner.
    Similar reasons keep me from voting at all in this one. The attributes for which I like and admire, say, Sibelius symphonies are so different from those for which I like and admire Bruckner symphonies that saying one is in some "absolute" way better than the other is futile; and the same dilemma applies to most of the others. It's like asking a devotee of both whether single malt whisky is better than skiing.

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    I had to go for Beethoven, but was stymied by others. I feel guilty for not checking off Haydn, but it was a question of how his extraordinary body of work stacks up against a few awe-inspiring works of Bruckner, Brahms, Mahler and Sibelius. I can't weigh such dissimilar things against each other.

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    Come on man we had a poll that asked this question back in 2013: The greatest symphonists

    Back then the winner was Beethoven. He garnered over 65% of the votes. Will the results be different now?

    The issue in not whether Beethoven is the greatest symphonist of all time. The issue is if he wins that it means that we never program the symphonies of his contemporaries at concerts. I have been listening to the symphonies of Reicha and sound pretty good to my ears.

    I just found some earlier ones:

    Greatest Symphonist


    http://www.talkclassical.com/9087-vote-your-favourite-symphonist.html


    Beethoven won those as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arpeggio View Post
    Come on man we had a poll that asked this question back in 2013.
    I'm sure we did. And your point is?


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    1. Mahler
    2. Brahms
    3. Bruckner
    4. Sibelius
    5. Shostakovich
    6. Beethoven
    7. Bax
    8. Vaughan Williams
    9. Haydn
    10. Dvorak

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    Quote Originally Posted by arpeggio View Post
    The issue in not whether Beethoven is the greatest symphonist of all time. The issue is if he wins that it means that we never program the symphonies of his contemporaries at concerts.
    I don't think follows, arpeggio. Your logic suggests that we should never program Mozart or Haydn, or Mahler either. I agree it might mean that in giving prominence - whether due to greatness or some other reason - to one composer over another, neglect is a possible consequence, but it's not inevitable.

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