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Which one do you like best? (It's ok NOT to chose the 9th !!)

Beethoven 9
27 (37.5%)
Mendelssohn 2
2 (2.8%)
Mahler 2
14 (19.4%)
Mahler 8
6 (8.3%)
Rachmaninov The Bells
3 (4.2%)
Vaughan-Williams Sea symphony
4 (5.6%)
Shostakovich 13
9 (12.5%)
None of the above
7 (9.7%)

Total Members Voted: 33

Author Topic: Your favourite choral symphony  (Read 7068 times)

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Offline PaulR

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Re: Your favourite choral symphony
« Reply #40 on: June 02, 2007, 12:24:57 PM »
DSCH 14 is not a choral symphony, nor is Das Lied.
it is to me.  So, yes, for me, it is a choral symphony, since there are voices singing.  And Das Lied isn't really a symphony, since Mahler didn't name it as one.  :-P

but yeah, my interpretation of what I think Shostakovich 14 is a choral symphony, even with just 2 voices.

Offline PSmith08

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Re: Your favourite choral symphony
« Reply #41 on: June 02, 2007, 12:51:46 PM »
it is to me.  So, yes, for me, it is a choral symphony, since there are voices singing.  And Das Lied isn't really a symphony, since Mahler didn't name it as one.  :-P

but yeah, my interpretation of what I think Shostakovich 14 is a choral symphony, even with just 2 voices.

I think Herr Mahler would, and - as a matter of fact - did, disagree with the characterization of Das Lied as anything but a "symphony," he did title it (or allow it to be titled):

Eine Symphonie für eine Tenor- und eine Alt- (oder Bariton-) Stimme und Orchester (nach Hans Bethges "Die chinesische Flöte")
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While the case could be made that that was a post mortem title, one must recall that Henry Louis de la Grange reports that Mahler's own manuscript listed it as "Ninth Symphony in four movements." Regardless, I think the case exists that Mahler - the man whose opinion counts the most on this subject - viewed Das Lied as more of a symphony than a song cycle.

In any event, I voted for the two Mahler choices, which are both splendid. However, Stravinsky's Psalms would make an interesting choice, too.
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