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Probably the most consistent composer in history, because his style didn't change much at all. I agree, his music radiates calm and contentment, probably because he had very few troubles in life. He was recognised by the public and nobility (Queen Victoria's favourite composer) & was apparently suspicious of newer trends in music, such as those espoused by Liszt and Berlioz. I agree his Hebrides & Midsummer Nights Dream are magical and evocative but his symphonies don't reach the depts of, say, Beethoven or Schubert (or even Mozart's late ones).
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