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  • String Quartets

    12 10.34%
  • Wind Quintets (or other amounts)

    2 1.72%
  • Piano Trios etc..

    3 2.59%
  • Songs/Lieder

    3 2.59%
  • Opera

    18 15.52%
  • Symphonies

    33 28.45%
  • Concertos

    24 20.69%
  • Incidental music or suites or overtures or tone poems

    9 7.76%
  • Solo pieces

    8 6.90%
  • Vocal Arias or Choral works (cantatas)

    4 3.45%
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    Default Favorite Form?

    There is Chamber music and there is orhcestral music, and within each there are many different genres.

    I definitely prefer large scale orchestral works such as symphonies, the amount of power, emotion and different themes that can be interwoven and developed during the course of a long symphony is astounding.

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    Sorry if this has been done to death before

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    Generally symphonies, though string quartets come very close for me, mostly because I play string quartets far more often than I play symphonies...
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    This one was hard, perhaps too hard. I voted symphonies, though I am a HUGE sucker for program music/tone poems.
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    As much as I love symphonies, I often find more enjoyment in smaller forms such as the tone poem. I'm also a big fan of concerti as well.

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    String quartets without doubt.

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    Like all such polls, this one is too restricting. That doesn't stop us from enjoying them however.

    My first impulse was to choose symphonies, but after a bit further thought I realized concertos can give me both the epic scale of a symphony, as in Beethoven's piano concertos, as well as the intimate interactions of a chamber work, as in a Bach concerto for oboe d'amore for instance.

    I'm not sure if that was the intent of that selection, but I have most of my likes covered this way. There's something really cool about a solo instrument having a dialog with an orchestra or a continuo.

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    I chose tone poems because I like it when a composer can compose whatever he's feeling without thinking necessarily about following a certain form.. Maybe that's because I compose like that.. :P
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    Opera is my favorite genre, but it is also the one I least like. I explain, I find profound enjoyment and aesthetic fulfillment in the works of composers like Monteverdi, Mozart, Wagner, Mussorgsky, Berlioz, etc, but also I'm able to find the most banal form of music (Meyerbeer, Catalani, Ponchielli), so it always posed me how can a genre capable of the most sublime music be dominated by a public almost tone-deaf to any musical value. i mean, I don't know of any symphony frequently played to be of no musical value, and I know of several operas well firmed in the repertoire without any musical interest (Lucrezia Borgia, La Gioconda, Les Huguenots).

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    I voted for "Vocal Arias or Choral Works", though I only like "vocal arias" when they are part of large-scale works. But some of the greatest music I've heard has been in requiems, masses, passions, oratorios, and cantatas.
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    I voted tone poems too, just edging symphonies. If ballet had been on there that may have given me more of a headache.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weston View Post
    Like all such polls, this one is too restricting. That doesn't stop us from enjoying them however.

    My first impulse was to choose symphonies, but after a bit further thought I realized concertos can give me both the epic scale of a symphony, as in Beethoven's piano concertos, as well as the intimate interactions of a chamber work, as in a Bach concerto for oboe d'amore for instance.

    I'm not sure if that was the intent of that selection, but I have most of my likes covered this way. There's something really cool about a solo instrument having a dialog with an orchestra or a continuo.
    The thing that made me choose symphony over the concerto; is the emphasis on virtuosity. I think the focus is put too much on one instrument and to show what it can do, I prefer it when all the instruments work together as a whole (basically the meaning of the word symphony)

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    I chose symphony simply because I started with them and I suppose I am most familiar with them. However, I am on a quest for something that would be completely different from what I have listened so far, so I am currently on the lookout for solo pieces as well as building up in chamber and opera.

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    Definitively concertos. They include everything - symphonic stuff, solo parts of various instruments... and there is nothing more orgasmic in classical music than good dialogue between orchestra and solist, especially pianist. When I'm checking out new composers I almost always start with his piano concertos.

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    I chose Tone Poems/Suites etc as these forms include my favourite pieces of music - It was difficult to chose this option over symphonies though as there is so much I enjoy in this genre!.

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    I find the ballet to be my favorite form, which seems to not be included in this poll. Then it's tone poems, then concerti next, and finally symphonies.

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