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    Thumbs up Choose your 100 years!

    Alright, people, same island, different desert:

    If you could only listen to music written in a 100-year period of time, and no other music, which years would you choose?

    (This is irrespective of century lines, eras, etc. For example, it could be 1732-1832 and span multiple eras, or what have you.)

    As a bonus question, if you had the opportunity to also pick a 10 year period that did not fall within the original years you picked, but that required shortening your original pick by 25 years, would you do it? (For example, I can also pick 1860-1870, but now my other selection can only be 75 years, say 1735-1810.)

    So the goal is to find out your favorite 100 year and 10 year periods, and to see how much those 10 years really mean to you!

    Hopefully that wasn't too confusing, or already done before... if so, my apologies

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    It took me a few minutes to grasp that second question, but your example was very helpful!

    It will be of little surprise to some that my hundred-year period would be 1803-1903 so that I would have a good amount of Beethoven (just getting in there with the Fifth Symphony!) up until the end of Dvorak, featuring the complete Brahms!

    I wouldn't mind having a bit of late Mozart and his contemporaries, but, to me, it's not worth giving up 25 years of the most wonderful period in history In fact, in this instance, I think that those hundred years encompass so much great music that it was too generous!

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    1870-1970 seems about right.
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    1900 - 2000 for me. Although I do like to listen to music of other periods, the C20th is my favourite due to it's stylistic diversity, covering everything from late romanticism to the music of our own time.

    The second question is harder. If I had to reduce the above period by 25 years, I'd have 1900-75. Then I'd probably pick a period like 1800-1825, which includes some of my non-C20th favourites (later) F. J. Haydn, Beethoven & Schubert...

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    1859-1959 I s'pose.

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    I'd take 1710-1810. This would give me the late works of Couperin, the vast majority of Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Rameau, all of the mature works of Bach and Handel, everything by Haydn, Mozart, and Gluck and a good portion of Beethoven... including all the piano concertos, the violin concerto, symphonies 3 and 5, the piano sonatas through no. 26. I don't think I could come up with a greater body of work in any other era.

    As for the 10 years from another era... I can't think of any 10 year period that would convince me to surrender 25 years of Bach or Beethoven.

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    1911-2010

    And since that message is too short, this sentence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by some guy View Post
    1911-2010

    And since that message is too short, this sentence.
    Is there something you dislike about 1910?

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    1710 to 1810. If I could add another 20 years, then 1700 to 1820. Amazing period.

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    Well, 1911 takes us up to right now in the hundred years count we were given.

    Plus 1911 was pretty much when all hell broke loose, eh? In a manner of speaking!!

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    2010-2110

    i will hear the music of the future

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    Quote Originally Posted by StlukesguildOhio View Post
    I'd take 1710-1810. This would give me the late works of Couperin, the vast majority of Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Rameau, all of the mature works of Bach and Handel, everything by Haydn, Mozart, and Gluck and a good portion of Beethoven... including all the piano concertos, the violin concerto, symphonies 3 and 5, the piano sonatas through no. 26. I don't think I could come up with a greater body of work in any other era.

    As for the 10 years from another era... I can't think of any 10 year period that would convince me to surrender 25 years of Bach or Beethoven.
    This is just about my feeling exactly, as my tastes currently stand Well-put!

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    Luckily, though, we do not have to limit ourselves to any particular period!!
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    1890-1990

    That covers most of the great jazz, rock, pop, metal, prog, electonic, funk, country, blues and weird trippy space music.

    The last 20 years hasn't had time to settle with me yet, but I would be happy with 1910-2010 just to keep up to date with current changes. That would cut out some great stuff from Dvorak, Debussy and Richard Strauss but at least there will be no Mahler.

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    1760-1860

    Mozart - most composers I like.

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