View Poll Results: When Listening To A Piece Makes You Smile,

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  • I am connecting positively with the piece, it inspires me

    26 61.90%
  • I am giving a sarcastic reaction to the piece

    5 11.90%
  • Usually it is the performance/perfomer that makes me smile, not the piece

    7 16.67%
  • I have just discovered something new about this piece

    11 26.19%
  • The piece reminded me of omsthing special, so it made me smile

    16 38.10%
  • I never smile to any classical music

    5 11.90%
  • I always smile, so this is not unusual

    5 11.90%
  • Who cares

    9 21.43%
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Thread: When Listeneing To A Piece Makes You Smile,

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    Default When Listeneing To A Piece Makes You Smile,

    .... which option best describes that reaction and feeling?

    "You must have no dependence on your own genius. If you have great talents, industry will improve them; if you have but moderate abilities, industry will supply their deficiency." Sir Joshua Reynolds, PRA, FRS, FRSA (1723 - 1792)

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    Usually it's because I am able to connect to the piece, and or the performance is superb and or because I have just newly discovered something new about it (e.g. a composer, a different interpretation, whatever).
    "You must have no dependence on your own genius. If you have great talents, industry will improve them; if you have but moderate abilities, industry will supply their deficiency." Sir Joshua Reynolds, PRA, FRS, FRSA (1723 - 1792)

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    I always smile, so this is not unusual, life's to short to moan and certainly not over music.

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    Always brings a smile to me! Sometimes when I think I don't know a piece and realise I do, big grin comes across my face!!!

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    I smile in a piece when it is very satisfying, in the way that Haydn and Mozart are more than any others, I perceive. Nothing ambitious, just everything in its place.

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    'Usually it's the performance/performer that makes me smile, not the piece.'

    For example at Norwich Baroque concerts - my fiddle teacher is the director. Times such as the one when he was sharing his music stand with a guest performer who accidentally knocked the music from the stand and Fiddle Guru picked it up swiftly with a rueful glare.

    Or the middle of a Bach piece - can't remember which - when there was room for an improvised cadenza and he came up with an amazingly sprightly zizzle that left the other players gawping.

    The ensemble are such friends and so exuberant that I generally listen to Norwich Baroque concerts with a smile on my face.
    Last edited by Ingélou; Jun-07-2017 at 09:48.
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    My votes were for connecting & memories.

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    Connecting, discovery, reminds of something special.

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    I think I smile in response to art (not just music) when I am surprised. Obviously this is often how verbal or visual comedy works, but I think it's true for for me for music.

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    I'm not sure if I smile or not.

    However, I was recently delighted by the life-affirming first movement of the Christopher Rouse Fourth Symphony. It made me feel good, but I wasn't aware of whether I was smiling or not.

    So I voted, "who cares?"

    One thing's for sure. When I post on TC, I never smile. I consider posting, serious business.
    Last edited by hpowders; Jun-07-2017 at 13:08.

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    When I come to a place where the composer obviously meant to be humorous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    I'm not sure if I smile or not.

    However, I was recently delighted by the life-affirming first movement of the Christopher Rouse Fourth Symphony. It made me feel good, but I wasn't aware of whether I was smiling or not.

    So I voted, "who cares?"

    One thing's for sure. When I post on TC, I never smile. I consider posting, serious business.
    That's my answer too, but I'm not about to settle on 'who cares', because I care I want an option which fits me precisely. I demand justice.

    It's really a lot of hassle to be an Options Nazi. Therefore I'm optionless in this poll.

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    It's more likely the performance or performer(s) that cause me to smile; particularly, something in the style/manner of expression or the nuances brought forth either by the conductor, individual players or the full orchestra. But I must admit too it can fairly frequently be the ingenious or disarming melodies or impressive dynamics that emanate from the composition itself.
    Last edited by Brahmsian Colors; Jun-07-2017 at 14:40.

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    My wife and daughter both tell me that, when I am concentrating intently on a classical piece through my buds, my eyes are closed and I have an horrific grimace on my face. They've shown me pictures; it's true.

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    I smile if something about the piece is funny to me, but I don't know if I smile during my favorite moments in music or not. My best guess is that I maybe do a tiny bit, but still it's in a mostly neutral position.
    “If that is a bassoon then I am a baboon!” - Camille Saint-Saëns on Stravinsky's Rite of Spring

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