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It's all about the music, dude! Sit down, relax and listen to some tunes.

Hmm. . . I guess I've grown tired of all these composers who were always "breaking barriers"

Let me say again that I do still listen to the Bartok Quartets every so often. (Otherwise, I wouldn't have recordings of them.) But your phrase, "such a boring approach" applies more to parts of these works than to the Prokofiev Quartets - just IMHO. ;-)

And as I said before, it's not the dissonance of these (Bartok) works that bothers me. (In fact, that doesn't bother me at all.) It's more the lame placement or juxtaposition of themes sometimes (as in the example of the last movement of the Fifth Quartet I already cited) that makes me shrug my shoulders. And, strangely, I hear more of these kinds of weaknesses in his Quartets than in his other works. It's in his Quartets that I notice his curiously short-breathed compositional style (not all the time of course, but often enough to be annoying).

And your claim that Bartok didn't "succumb to a simple (or complex) rhythmic theme" is surprising, given the fact that he's known for his frequent use of ostinatos. Oh well.

I wouldn't presume to say if Beethoven would approve or not. ;-)


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