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Better Nicknames

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I was just thinking about the famous works that are usually referred to by their nicknames, and about the nicknames that don't fit. The two that came to mind were Beethoven's "Moonlight" and "Tempest" sonatas, both nicknames given by publishers/biographers because of myths on what the music is "supposed to be about"

I'm not against nicknames; I think they make it easier to remember the piece, and they also can sum up the mood of the work, or what the listener should think about when listening. Yet there are pieces with nicknames, like the two mentioned, that aren't the best.

So, what are some pieces that you guys think have good nicknames? How about pieces you think have bad nicknames? And for the bad ones, what could be a better nickname? Or maybe, the piece shouldn't even have one at all!
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If nothing else, nicknames just add one more danged name to the same piece.

What's your favorite Beethoven symphony? I like the Eroica, but my friend prefers #3. His E-flat major symphony is good as well, and then there's his opus 55.
I prefer the Third, myself. Also, that one that Beethoven originally dedicated to Napoleon but later changed his mind about is pretty good, too.
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