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Is it unusual to love one movement of a work and dislike the others?

For example, two of my favorites are the third movements of the Korngold and Sibelius violin concertos. I just skip the first two movements when I listen to these works. Guess I'm just a bumpkin when it comes to classical music.

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  • 1 week ago
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    I'm not sure about "unusual" but I can think of several works that have one very popular movement that's often played, but the complete work is seldom heard, indicating that the classical-loving public feels much as you do.

    For examples:

    the 2nd movement (Scherzo) from Litolff's Concerto Symphonique #4

    the 5th movement (Toccata) from Widor's 5th Organ Symphony

    the 4th movement (Adagietto) from Mahler's 5th Symphony

    the 2nd movement of Barber's String Quartet, op. 11 (usually in the arrangement for full string orchestra)

    (and I'm sure there are more, the names of which escape me just now)

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  • Gregg
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    1 day ago

    No, it's not.  I like Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, 1st and 3rd Movements but not the 2nd.

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  • 3 days ago

    I love the slow movement from Beethoven's 7th and the Adagietto from Mahler's 5th, there's nothing wrong with listening that way I think. 

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  • 1 week ago

    No, it's not unusual. I believe most people who listen classical works have favorite movements including myself. Even though I have favorite movements I still listen to the entire work. To each his/her own.

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  • 2 weeks ago

    I don't care if it's unusual or not, I don't like the first movement of some things.

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  • 2 weeks ago

    It's okay by me.  I like the Mozart horn concertos, but I'm not fond of the second movements.

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