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    Mozart, Mahler, Schubert, Berg’s Lulu, and Schoenberg’s Moses and Aron. I am convinced that Bach never intended to complete the AoTF, that it was deliberately left incomplete because he had plenty of time to complete it if he’d wanted to. The finale of Bruckner’s 9th is essentially complete except for a few bars, and I never expected an 8th Symphony from Sibelius because I believe he was essentially burned out as a composer by that stage in his life. I regret the destruction of numerous scores by Paul Dukas, Brahms, and Sibelius. But the one score that I regret not being finished by the composer was Mozart’s Requiem, not only because of the work itself but the dreadful conditions at the close of his life. Bach lived another 30 years by comparison. Mahler had 20 more years than Schubert and the last year of Schubert’s life was tremendous creatively. If only the many years that Sibelius did essentially nothing but drink could have been distributed to Mozart, Schubert, and Mahler, what wonders we could undoubtedly behold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Larkenfield View Post
    I am convinced that Bach never intended to complete the AoTF, that it was deliberately left incomplete because he had plenty of time to complete it if he’d wanted to.
    No, he was unable to complete it, because he was ill in his last years of life.

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    Mahler’s 10th or the planned Hendrix/ Miles collaboration

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    Lulu or Mahler 10, tossup.

    Probably should say Art of Fugue but to be honest I'm not that interested.

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    Where's Rosemary Brown when we need her?

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    Glazunov
    Symphony no. IX in D (1910)
    -->This composer was clearly onto something different given the circumstances of Russia at the time (the Russian Silver Age was winding down, upheavals and violent changes left and right). It would have been interesting what the stark, almost morbid first movement would have yielded to had Glazunov finished the project off.
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    Scriabins the Mysterium, no doubt about it

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    Fugue subjects of Mozart Mass in C minor K427 can combine
    Quote Originally Posted by hammeredklavier View Post
    The fugue subjects of Mozart Mass in C minor K427 (Gloria, Cum Sanctu Spiritu, Sanctus-Osanna) can combine. There is a speculation that if Mozart finished the mass, he would have ended the piece with a final fugue combining all the subjects because they can work together as a multi-subject fugue.
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    the first I can think of:
    John Foulds - Avatara

    or
    Nikolai Obukhov - The book of life
    What time is the next swan?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacck View Post
    Scriabins the Mysterium, no doubt about it
    Good choice! A megalomaniac piece of claptrap, or a great and true vision? We'll never know.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbhaub View Post
    Where's Rosemary Brown when we need her?
    After a fifth of rye "unconscious composition" was also Stravinsky's method too!
    "He who makes songs without feeling spoils both his words and his music. " ~ Guillaume de Machaut

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    Beethoven's Cello Concerto. Although he didn't actually begin one, he must have thought about it at some point. He merely failed to bring it to fruition!


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    Sibelius' Eighth Symphony

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacck View Post
    Scriabins the Mysterium, no doubt about it
    Agreed, or even just a (completed) part of it. The "realization" by Nemtin is pretty great, but I feel it's too much of a broad-strokes thing, like film music. The symphonic poems by Scriabin are much more compact and richer in detail. More orchestral music in that style would've been fantastic.

    Sibelius 8th is also very alluring....

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    It's too hard to come up with a answer for this, but I will go with La chute de la maison Usher by Debussy for now.
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