View Poll Results: What is your favorite period in western music?

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  • Ancient

    1 0.98%
  • Medieval

    0 0%
  • Renaissance

    3 2.94%
  • Baroque

    12 11.76%
  • Classical

    17 16.67%
  • Romantic

    46 45.10%
  • Impressionist

    3 2.94%
  • Expressionist

    2 1.96%
  • Modern

    9 8.82%
  • Post-modern

    1 0.98%
  • Don't mind any

    8 7.84%
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Thread: What period in Classical music fo you like the most?

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    For me, it's been changing as I age, lol.

    Classical and baroque were early favorites, but as I get gnarlier and more dyspepsic, I am beginning to enjoy more dissonance, more tension, different types of musical form and certainly more types of instrumental timbre! It is sometimes difficult to listen to Handel without wondering what he would have done with harmonic/rhythm structures that were shortly going to become common vocabulary. I like thinking of modern classical music as a slightly democratic or even anarchic commentary on the purer, yet formalized music which seems to go with highly ordered societies, were everyone knew their place and their role.

    Why should there be just one king at a time? Why should there be just one key at a time? LOL.
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    I see that "post modern" is trailing very badly. I'm surprised that no-one has yet ticked its box.
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    I can easily pick my favorite century (the 18th, if you give me some of the end of the 17th) but that straddles two of the options and we can apparently only pick one, so I went for Baroque. Still, it's the 18th century aka The Age of Enlightenment.

    -- Oh, but like most everyone else is saying, I wouldn't exclude any period in principle (though most of the 20th/21st is tough).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Partita View Post
    I see that "post modern" is trailing very badly. I'm surprised that no-one has yet ticked its box.
    Interesting but hardly unexpected. We all see that there is a huge bias against Postmodernism here, especially in the case of the minimalists, Reich, Glass and their European counterparts Gorécki and Pärt, all of whom are widely panned on the boards (do a quick search of any of these names, and while they do have their fans here, you will see more detractors than admirers). I think there may be more of a following for some of the earlier Postmodernists. But overall it's nothing compared to the huge swaths of Romantics we see. Talkclassical has well over its fair share of Wagnerians, Elgarians, Brucknerians, and Mahlerians. It kind of drowns out any talk from Postmodernists as well as maybe scaring them away.

    I find fans of the Postmodernists are generally much younger. Most of the music students I knew in college adored (and still do, many are now professionals performing this music) Reich, Pärt, and Glass (he gave a talk at my school a couple years ago and turnout was amazing) as well as, for example, Ligeti, Penderecki, Schnittke etc. Talkclassical seems to have a higher average age than, say, Reddit's Classical board. You see a lot more love for the Modernists and Postmodernists there.

    As for me, I am in my mid-20s, but outside of the minimalists and so-called "holy" minimalists who I love, I don't have much affinity for Postmodernism, yet. Though I do find the concept fascinating.
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    Looks like I'm in the big winner by far Romantic. Probably because of all the Weber stuff for my instrument the clarinet. I am partial to Rachmaninov as well. Liszt for sure, Chopin, etc. Louis Spohr has some nice clarinet concertos.
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    Baroque is #1, Classical = #2, Romantic = #3, everything else after that is tied. Given my mood, classical and romantic can be switched, but it mostly classical in 2nd place.

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    Romantic is my favorite, but I enjoy music from all the periods.

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    Romantic is my favorite, but I enjoy music in general , but I will not choose

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    Remarkable. Never would have thought the voting would be so one-sided. Expected a three way struggle between the usual suspects. I understand the heavy bias here against the Modern Period (which I voted for), but still I am a bit surprised at the disparity. And I am really surprised that no one, no one, has cast a vote for Post-Modern.

    It's possible this poll is just in the wrong place. I think if this were in the Classical Music Discussion Polls, the results would be quite different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregorx View Post
    Remarkable. Never would have thought the voting would be so one-sided. Expected a three way struggle between the usual suspects. I understand the heavy bias here against the Modern Period (which I voted for), but still I am a bit surprised at the disparity. And I am really surprised that no one, no one, has cast a vote for Post-Modern.

    It's possible this poll is just in the wrong place. I think if this were in the Classical Music Discussion Polls, the results would be quite different.
    It's bound to look one-sided when the polling choices are a mess. As someone pointed out, Expressionism and Impressionism aren't separate periods, they are sub-categories of modern music. And one must wonder how many people who picked the Romantic category were thinking of Mahler, Strauss, Sibelius, and others who are not classified as Romantics. Poll results are only as good as the polls that produce them.

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    Baroque and 20th century up to about 1960.

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    I voted Romantic, but my real answer is Modern. I didn't know anything about classical music when I voted. I still have much, much love for a lot of music of the Romantic era, but the Modern is my overwhelming favorite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdwardBast View Post
    It's bound to look one-sided when the polling choices are a mess. As someone pointed out, Expressionism and Impressionism aren't separate periods, they are sub-categories of modern music. And one must wonder how many people who picked the Romantic category were thinking of Mahler, Strauss, Sibelius, and others who are not classified as Romantics. Poll results are only as good as the polls that produce them.
    There may be many people who didn't vote because they were put off by the choices or who voted for a second-best option because the option they'd have preferred wasn't available but, still, if you just add up the definite options before Classical and after Romantic, it's currently

    10 Pre-Classical
    12 Classical
    30 Romantic
    10 Post-Romantic

    That doesn't really surprise me and seems reasonable (at least for this board - generally, I'd expect post-Romantic to have slightly fewer votes than pre-Classical).

    But, as gregorx points out, why the heck is this in "Solo & Chamber Music"? Are we supposed to be answering our favorite period for just that subset (though it wouldn't change my answer) or is this in the wrong sub-forum?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Common Listener View Post
    There may be many people who didn't vote because they were put off by the choices or who voted for a second-best option because the option they'd have preferred wasn't available but, still, if you just add up the definite options before Classical and after Romantic, it's currently

    10 Pre-Classical
    12 Classical
    30 Romantic
    10 Post-Romantic

    That doesn't really surprise me and seems reasonable (at least for this board - generally, I'd expect post-Romantic to have slightly fewer votes than pre-Classical).

    But, as gregorx points out, why the heck is this in "Solo & Chamber Music"? Are we supposed to be answering our favorite period for just that subset (though it wouldn't change my answer) or is this in the wrong sub-forum?
    You missed the main point: It's likely those who voted Romantic were thinking of composers who are in fact post-Romantic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdwardBast View Post
    You missed the main point: It's likely those who voted Romantic were thinking of composers who are in fact post-Romantic.
    Three of your four sentences, including the first and last, blamed the poll, while only the third stated your main point and blamed the people taking the poll. As far as that point goes, with "Romantic" and "Modern" being options, I don't think the (admittedly imperfect) poll tricked people into voting in the wrong categories. If Mahler or Strauss fans chose to check Romantic, that's their choice. Many composers can't be objectively pigeon-holed. Either way, the results, again, seem reasonable to me, especially if you simplify the poll results.

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