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  • 2nd

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  • 3rd

    19 17.76%
  • 4th

    4 3.74%
  • 5th

    15 14.02%
  • 6th

    18 16.82%
  • 7th

    17 15.89%
  • 8th

    3 2.80%
  • 9th

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    Default Favorite Beethoven Symphony

    Of Beethoven's nine symphonies, which is your favorite? For me it is his ninth.

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    Sixth, no doubt about it. After that, it becomes a little harder for me to rank my enjoyment. 5, 3, and 8 would probably be next up in no particular order.

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    1) 9th
    2) 5th
    3) 3rd
    4) 6th
    5) 7th
    6) 8th

    4, 2, 1? It's been quite awhile since I listened to these 3 and I'd have to revisit them to determine their exact order.
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    1) 9th
    2) 3rd
    3) 7th
    4) 5th
    5) 6th
    6) 8th
    7) 4th
    8) 2nd
    9) 1st

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    I enjoy most of all the Third and Eighth.

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    I love the Pastoral.
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    All of them are very important to me. Currently, I'd say that my top favorite is probably the Ninth. Schiller's text is a masterpiece of poetic genius, and it makes a political statement about equality and brotherhood that resonates strongly with my own beliefs (though I'd want to add sisterhood to the mix as well ). When Schiller's great poem is combined with Beethoven's sublime music, the overall effect is transcendent!
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    Yesterday it was the 7th. Today it was the 3rd. Tomorrow will probably the 9th.

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    The 9th has been my favorite for decades. Next is the 7th, 6th and 5th.

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    Why must I choose?!!! I ended up going with 6, but 7 and 5 follow closely behind.

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    My favorite? The third.

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    I don't have a favorite but it would be between 3, 7 and 9. I love all of them.
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    Beethoven's symphonies are very special to me. Beethoven's Ninth (along with Mozart's 40th) is what hooked me onto Classical music. Weeks and weeks I spent on YouTube listening to those two symphonies; Beethoven's Ninth has been my favorite symphony since the beginning and remains my favorite symphony (by anyone). If it weren't for his opus 131, the Ninth would be my favorite piece of music, period. I think that adequately explains which is my favorite.

    After that, the order shifts and rearranges itself depending on the mood I'm in. Any of these symphonies could be my #2: 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th. The Pastoral amazes me every time how beautifully and joyously life-affirming and uplifting it is. The Fifth does not suffer one bit from being cliched, overplayed, or familiar; in fact, the intensity of the first movement thrills me with every listen, the sparseness and economy of notes, the simplest of motifs taken to extreme heights, I also love the interconnectedness of the entire symphony. I feel the Eroica is something to behold and admire, rather than to love (like a Bruckner symphony, if that makes sense). The 7th is rightly, as Wagner said, the "apotheosis of the dance". Once again, apart from the haunting allegretto, I find each movement to possess what Beethoven did best, and that's the life-affirming and "smile one my face, happy to be alive" quality that is so ever-present in his music. If pressed to explain why Beethoven is my favorite composer, it's because no other composer puts a smile on my face as much.
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    Today it's the 7th.
    I listened to The Academy of Ancient Music / Hogwood for its HIPness.
    Tomorrow, who knows?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettina View Post
    All of them are very important to me. Currently, I'd say that my top favorite is probably the Ninth. Schiller's text is a masterpiece of poetic genius, and it makes a political statement about equality and brotherhood that resonates strongly with my own beliefs (though I'd want to add sisterhood to the mix as well ). When Schiller's great poem is combined with Beethoven's sublime music, the overall effect is transcendent!
    The Ninth gets off to a good start IMO, but the fourth movement ends up being disappointing to me. The Ode to Joy poem may have a good meaning (though I've heard that Schiller himself found it to be rather useless in a general sense), but I listen to music to avoid any linguistic messages. There's a variety of reasons for that, but one is that it distracts me from the music itself. Maybe others don't have that problem (I've heard it said that women are better at multitasking in general, but I don't know), but it's a major distraction for me. But, hey, everyone has different preferences!

    I think I'd still rank the Sixth above the Ninth even ignoring my complaint against the last movement of the Ninth. I find the Sixth to be that good! Beyond that, it gets more murky. I'm not sure how I would rank Beethoven's symphonies after that. I've heard it said that Beethoven thought the Eighth was better than the Seventh, but the general consensus does not go along with that. In this case, I'd actually agree with Beethoven. Maybe there's something about the inner Baroque/early Classical fan in me that finds something attractive about the Eighth. I don't know. Maybe I just like even numbers, but I like 3 and 5 quite a bit too!

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