11/11/08

Lesser Composer Killed in Train Wreck

But before I tell you who it was, try to guess.

...this second [concerto] he wrote for piano sounds like a cross between Mendelssohn and Chopin, combining lyrical charm with brilliance.

That sounds really cool. I like Mendelssohn. I also like Chopin. A lot. And a combination of the two doesn’t sound all that bad. (By the way, which one lacks “lyrical charm” and which one lacks “brilliance?”)

[Lesser composer A] was a far less inspired composer...

Hearsay, your honor! And...yikes. Don't forget the last nail in the coffin.

Whether [conductor X]—or anyone else, for that matter—can succeed in rescuing the music of [lesser composer A] from obscurity is highly debatable.












Since you continually throw him in front of the bus (read: train), I suppose his music will follow. But he sounds like Chopin and Mendelssohn, right? So how could he be so deserving of such critical scorn? I mean, he was programmed on a concert, which you had the privilege to review, in the 21st century. He must have done something right, in order to stick around for two-hundred years.

Ugh. I have a sneaking suspicion it’s because his name doesn’t rhyme with Beethoven.
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7 comments:

Sator Arepo said...

Ooh ohh pick me!

John Field?

Oh, no...Hummel. Oh well. I'm glad the established bullshit canon of great/lesser remains intact.

Gustav said...

I have I ever said how much I hate the word "inspired" with respect to writing music?

God does not ordain composers.

cereal_music said...

Really Gustav! What then does God ordain?

Gustav said...

Pretty sure nothing...but I'm still willing to hold out for professional sporting events and vice-presidential elections.

And I just had the best Cabernet Sauvignon, I suppose God could have ordained that.

Empiricus said...

F Hummel. End of "story."

Empiricus said...

Little Johnson. Congrats.

cereal_music said...

Oh, I see, Gustav. My mistake. We know and serve different gods!