View Poll Results: Who was the master of Scandinavia?

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  • Jean Sibelius

    71 61.74%
  • Edvard Grieg

    27 23.48%
  • Carl Nielsen

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Thread: Sibelius Vs. Grieg Vs. Nielsen

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    Default Sibelius Vs. Grieg Vs. Nielsen

    Who was the master of Scandinavia?

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    Entertaining. Sibelius is (probably) the better composer, but in terms of sheer nationalistic va va voom - it's got to be Greig. Things like his Hallings and other folk tunes capture the atmosphere much better. He's almost as good as some of the Shetland fiddlers, and that is high praise. Interestingly, he didn't write for the Hardanger fiddle. Shame!
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    Sibelius, hands down. I thought we all knew this, people!

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    Finland is not Scandinavia
    It's better
    So I vote Sibelius

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    You could have had three options of Grieg, Nielsen and Alfvén, which would have been all Scandinavian, but when you include Finland and Iceland etc. then you're thinking of Nordic countries.

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    Sibelius > Nielsen > > > Grieg

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    I really can't decide very well. I probably like Sibelius more consistently, but there are a few of Grieg's pieces that really stand out to me (Piano Sonata, String Quartet No. 1, etc.).

    I should probably vote for Sibelius, but I'm tempted to vote for Grieg since he's losing....

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    I would have voted for Grieg even if Sibelius had been Scandinavian.
    Last edited by TresPicos; Sep-25-2013 at 23:21.
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    How did Nielsen get included with these 2 greats? But I'll pick Sibelius.

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    For me it'll always be Grieg.

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    Well, you all should know. Nielsen for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vesteralen View Post
    Well, you all should know. Nielsen for me.
    Phew, I was getting worried.

    I had no idea Nielsen was so unpopular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garlic View Post
    Phew, I was getting worried.

    I had no idea Nielsen was so unpopular.
    Hey...I got used to having unpopular tastes a long time ago.

    For me, Grieg is pleasant listening, Sibelius is a composer who created awesome soundscapes, but Nielsen is gives more variety - from engaging lighter pieces all the way up to some of the most powerful symphonic arguments in 20th century music.

    But, that's just me..................

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garlic View Post
    Phew, I was getting worried.

    I had no idea Nielsen was so unpopular.
    I like Nielsen. He and Respighi wrote some pretty good music. The more to explore, the better. But comparing them to Sibelius and Grieg is a little steep I think.

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    I know none of their works sufficiently to make a real judgement - Peer Gynt, Finlandia, and Karelia hardly add up to much, and the only Sibelius Symphony I've heard sent me to sleep (oh, and there's that Grieg Piaon Concerto, isn't there?)

    But after hearing it at the Proms, I've been listening to Nielsen's 4th (and 5th) Symphonies - Sir Colin Davis/LSO - and he needs a leg up, so I vote for him.
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