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    Default What is your favourite symphony?

    What is your favourite symphony (or symphonic suite)?
    My favourite symphonies are:
    Saint-SaŽns - Symphony No. 3: "Organ Symphony"
    Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 "Pathetique"
    Dvorak - New World Symphony
    Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade (symphonic suite)

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    Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No. 7 Leningrad
    ďThe fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.Ē William Shakespeare, As You Like It

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    The Bittersweet one by The Verve

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    Greetings all round

    Another impossible question to answer in this Forum: perhaps it would might lead to more interesting discussion if the question were "What makes a symphony most enjoyable?".

    I'll volunteer an answer, in perfect readiness to be contradicted or even shot down in flames:

    (i) structure (so you have the melodic and contrapuntal signposts to tell you - even if you don't read music or know anything about musical theory - "where you are" in relation to the rest of the work);
    (ii) orchestral colour (it's not a string quartet or a piano sonata - how effective and evocative are the composer's use of the various instruments and instrumental sections?);
    (iii) balance of flavours and moods between, and within, separate movements;
    (iv) emotional effect and impact of the whole piece (not in any way objectively measurable).

    Not necessarily in that order. But these are a sine qua non for a shortlist. And among those (many) that tick all the boxes, I'll suggest Bruckner's 8th as a supreme example.

    What think you all out there?

    Last edited by Lindsay; 28-03-2015 at 19:27.

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    That is both an easy question to answer and a difficult one because it depends a lot on my mood at the time. However, it would be without a doubt Beethoven's 9th, followed by his 6th, 7th, and 3rd. Dvorak 9th and 8th, Shubert 8th (Unfinished) and 9th (The Great). I would throw a Brahms in there too but I would have to hard a time picking which one, not to mention I like his piano concerto's better than any of his symphonies.

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