who didn’t like them. The pieces. Liszt himself seems to have been a likable person (hewas very kind to Brahms, for instance), but Strauss seems to have a swine. But both areconsidered great composers or at least great musicians in the case of Liszt.So, you might hear a concerto or a tone poem. There is also what is called a suite. Thisconsists of snatches of a longer piece, like a ballet (like Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite) or an opera (like Kurt Weill’s Three Penny Opera Suite). A suite is a quick andeasy introduction to the longer work, which you might decide to avoid after hearing thesuite. It is often cobbled together by someone after the composer’s death who doesn’tmake any money off it. The piece. The composer.An overture is like a suite in that it features snippets of a longer work--often one that bombed at the time, was never produced, was a smash hit but which is never performednowadays or was produced after the composer's death though the music was composed before that. Overtures are usually pleasing, certainly compared to say a symphony by Nielsen, Bruckner, or Mahler.Let’s see, concertos, symphonies, tone poems, overtures, suites. What else? There arevarious other forms, such as symphonic dances and great big choral works which youusually hear when someone you love is in the chorus and you catch glimpses of him or her in Handel’s Messiah, the Mozart Requiem and Carmina Burana, which you haveheard--trust me. Now, what sort of composers will you hear on various programs? Generally, conductorstry to balance things out so that the audience isn’t pounded into a big depressed blob bytoo much heavy stuff. Mendelssohn cheers you up right before the deadly Shostakovich.Haydn lightens things up before the Mahler; same deal with Mozart and Bruckner.Sometimes, a whole program will be devoted to the work of one composer like say, “AnEvening of Elgar,” in which case you had better like that composer or things are reallygoing to drag for you kid, oh boy. It is at times such as those that program notes are agodsend, as at least one can educate oneself about the circumstances surrounding thecomposition of the music that one is not enjoying.Usually, there are 2-4 pieces during a typical symphony concert played one at a time before and after the intermission. A tone poem, a suite or an overture might be precededor followed by a concerto. A concerto is usually fun because it is exciting to see big name performers and wonder whether they will screw up in some dramatic fashion or perform beautifully, which is usually exciting and sometimes spellbinding. The evening oftenwinds up, as noted above, with a symphony and it is a good idea to check in the programto see how many movements there are so that you can tick them of as they go by and planyour exit from the hall, traffic being what it is these days.Symphonies to be avoided include all of those by Bruckner, Mahler, Brahms, Sibeliusand Schumann who was a nice man, though. Dvorák's Fifth Symphony seems to benearing its conclusion around five times, but things keep getting revved up again.