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  • Prior to 18th Century (please specify in post)

    3 6.82%
  • First third of the 18th Century

    2 4.55%
  • Middle third of the 18th Century

    2 4.55%
  • Final third of the 18th Century

    5 11.36%
  • First third of the 19th Century

    5 11.36%
  • Middle third of the 19th Century

    2 4.55%
  • Final third of the 19th Century

    11 25.00%
  • First third of the 20th Century

    8 18.18%
  • Middle third of the 20th Century

    4 9.09%
  • Final third of the 20th Century

    2 4.55%
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    Default Survey- favorite time-span for Classical Music

    The question: which of the following spans-of-time contain the greatest concentration of your Classical Music favorites?

    If you wish to post, feel free to include a half-dozen to a dozen of your favorite pieces for the chronological period that you selected!
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    I voted for the first third of the 20th Century, though that is somewhat of a guess. In actuality, it could be either the pre- or post-Great Depression Era (first or second third). My collection contains a variety of works composed by composers who were composing in either (or both) of those periods: R. Strauss, Sibelius, Shostakovich, Nielsen, Prokofiev, Bartok, etc... .
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    Wow, increments of 33 years? Could you make them any smaller? Anyways, I chose the final third of the 19th century. Brahms' first symphony was premiered therein and the other three would be seen before the end of the century. We would also notice the reign of Mahler and his music that lies within this time frame.
    Last edited by Praine; Oct-26-2009 at 02:11. Reason: Wrong calculations.

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    I pick 1781- 1814

    But really I'm not sure as I haven't cataloged all the pieces I like and when they were written.

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    Largest concentration? In what way? I [probably have more composers active in the 20th century than from any other time... simply because of the sheer number of composers and the fact that it is the music of our time... yet to have been honed down to an essential few by time. If we are talking about sheer shelf space... I'm guessing it would be of composers born prior to the 18th century and active before mid-1700s. Bach and Handel alone virtually take up more shelf space than any other composers (Handel as a result of all those operas and oratorios). To these two you can add Vivaldi, Telemann, Buxtehude, Palestrina, Montevedi, Gesualdo, Hildegard of Bingen, etc...

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    Bach, Handel and Domenico Scarlatti - I guess it's the middle of the 18th Century. But it's so hard to choose!
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    And I claim the first vote for the second third of the 20th century. Between Britten and Shostakovich reaching their respective zeniths during this time, as well as the emergence of a lot of difference other styles and uses for tonality and atonality, as well as the beginning of the emergence of Finland and that area as more than just the home of Sibelius.

    Favorite pieces: Shostakovich- 7th symphony, 13th symphony, 13th string quartet; Britten- Curlew River;

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    great poll... well, debussy, ravel, mahler and sibelius keeps me in the first third of the 20th century. this contains also many other composers that interest me and pieces that were revolutionary and I love, like Rite of Spring, Jeux, etc
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reign of Praine View Post
    Wow, increments of 33 years? Could you make them any smaller?
    I would have liked to- but I chose third-of-a-century segments
    to avoid the risk of exceeding the 10-choice limit for polls...

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    For my response, as usual, see avatar

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    If we are counting individual pieces, mine came out 1st third of the 19th century but only because of so many Beethoven pieces. If we go by favorite composers, I'm all over the map.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weston View Post
    If we are counting individual pieces, mine came out 1st third of the 19th century but only because of so many Beethoven pieces. If we go by favorite composers, I'm all over the map.
    Although I didn't vote for it, I'm still surprised it didn't get more votes. This was the era of Boccherini's late string quintets, Beethoven's late string quartets, Missa Solemnis and 9th symphony, Rossini's operas, the vast majority of Schubert's output and even Haydn's last few symphonies. If only Mozart had lived longer.

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    Bach, Handel and Domenico Scarlatti - I guess it's the middle of the 18th Century. But it's so hard to choose!

    Accck! Scarlatti! How did I forget Scarlatti? Another composer for the Baroque and earlier.

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    For my response, as usual, see avatar

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    John Cage; 4'33"!!!

    You don't get to hear that one enough today, do you?

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