Margaret Mikulska wrote:
>How would you count Berlioz's symphonic works?
>BTW, Bruckner wrote 11, not 9.
and, David Rothstein wrote:
>For one, Bruckner composed 11 symphonies (including the "Study" and
>"Nulte") and not nine. I do not think you can count only 9 Mahler
>symphonies (No. 10 and "Das Lied Von de Erde) We must be careful with
>numbers (and I mention this being an accountant).
It is generally accepted that Berlioz wrote four symphonies.
Episode de la vie d'un artiste (H48)
Symphonie fantastique en cinq parties
Harold en Italie (H68)
Symphonie en 4 parties avec un alto principal
First performance: 23 November 1834
Romeo et Juliette (H79)
Grande Symphonie funebre et triomphale
Version I (H80A): for military band.
I have no argument with anyone who disputes reckoning all these works
as what we generally deem as within the genre of symphony.
Then again I am hard pressed to deem either DLvdE or Mahler's 8th as
symphonies in the same way.
As to Mahler's fear of the 9th, we all agree that Bruckner certainly
wrote 11 symphonies.