My Nine

I picked this up from Alex Ross, who picked it up from someone who goes by CK Dexter Haven (naw mang, I’m the one with unsuspected depths, that’s why my wife married me). Make a list of your favorite numbered symphonies, one through nine. You might be surprised by the results. Here’s mine (I share 3, 7 and 9 with Ross):

  • Barber, Symphony No. 1
  • Schumann, Symphony No. 2
  • Lutoslawski, Symphony No. 3
  • Ives, Symphony No. 4
  • Honegger, Symphony No. 5
  • Beethoven, Symphony No. 6
  • Sibelius, Symphony No. 7
  • Bruckner, Symphony No. 8
  • Mahler, Symphony No. 9

Quick and dirty jukebox below. What are your nine?


Author: gtra1n

I'm a composer and musician, and I write about music—I do that here, for the New York Classical Review, at the Brooklyn Rail (I edit the music section there) and any place else that will have me, like New Music Box and Music & Literature. I also wrote the Miles Davis' Bitches Brew book in the 33 1/3 series.

One thought on “My Nine”

  1. 1. Walton –
    2. Elgar –
    3. Brahms –
    4. Gerhard –
    5. Sibelius –
    6. Mahler –
    7. Pettersson –
    8. Bruckner –
    9. Schubert

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