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Composers' own favorite works
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I tried thinking about composers' own favorite(or at least well liked) works. I'm sure there must be many examples of a composer saying they were pleased with a particular piece they wrote but I could only think of a single example. I know that Beethoven liked his Sonata Op. 78.

Other examples?

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Perhaps apocryphal, but I recall that among Rachmaninov's favorite works of his own were his B-minor prelude (op. 32 no. 10) and Nyne Otpushchaeshi from the All-Night Vigil.

While I'm not certain he liked it, he also recognized the popular appeal of his 18th variation in Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

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Beethoven's favourite work at the end of his life is was reportedly the Missa Solemnis. He also expressed a special fondness for his 8th symphony.

He was said to have been pleased with the Appassionata at the time of its composition.

He said the Cavatina from the quartet Op.130 brought him to tears when he heard it in his mind. OTOH when the quartet was premiered and the audience called for encores of each movement except the Grosse Fuge (which was originally part of the quartet), he said the fugue was the only movement worth repeating. Of course that was probably just disappointment that the audience didn't "get" the fugue.

I don't know how reliable the sources are for any of this.

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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
I tried thinking about composers' own favorite(or at least well liked) works. I'm sure there must be many examples of a composer saying they were pleased with a particular piece they wrote but I could only think of a single example. I know that Beethoven liked his Sonata Op. 78.

Other examples?

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I tried thinking about composers' own favorite(or at least well liked) works. I'm sure there must be many examples of a composer saying they were pleased with a particular piece they wrote but I could only think of a single example. I know that Beethoven liked his Sonata Op. 78.Other examples?
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