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In Reply to: RE: Hmm. . . I guess I've grown tired of all these composers who were always "breaking barriers" posted by Chris from Lafayette on June 10, 2017 at 09:46:31
First off, I am not schooled in musicology. Just an avid listener who loves classical music.
Question for the musically literate: Over the past few years I become bored with the classical and romantic periods. Nothing in those eras excites me. I then started to feel around with Bartok, Weber, Schoenberg, etc. (20th century composers) who were leading the way with tonality and 12 tone. Then, over the past year, I started to become very interested in the late 20th century and 21st century chamber music. So much of the most recently composed music is quite challenging and keeps me on my toes. Never a dull moment. So, here is the question: given my formal music illiteracy, am I "missing the boat" on the classical and romantic eras because I don't know what to listen for? Is there more complexity than meets the ear? For example, to my ears and simple thinking Mozart is so monotonous and rhythmic. There is nothing to think about. Rather, its great for taking a nap in my opinion. Now, listening to Schoenberg or Shostky, I can get excited and into the ripsaw tunes, the darkness, the dissonance, etc. Maybe I am thinking about this too much and should just listen and enjoy.
In a way, you're not unlike a friend I had at work who was so excited about SACD's when they first came out that he bought a copy of the Paavo Järvi / Telarc recording of Dvorak's New World Symphony coupled with Martinu's Symphony No. 2 - even though his musical tastes in general were more along the lines of Celine Dion! After a few days, I asked him how he liked the album. He answered that he really liked the Martinu, but he felt that the Dvorak was "a little corny"!
And although there's a lot of Mozart I like a lot, there's also a lot of his music which, as one critic said, is "tiresomely, needlessly perfect"! ;-)
It's all a matter of preference, and what appeals to you at a given time. I've always been a Mahler fiend, but now I'm less interested in his music and more interested in Mozart. I used to be bored by Schubert, but now I'm addicted to some of the piano sonatas. In the last six months I have gotten very interested in Varese. I still can't stand Webern and anything 12-tone by Schoenberg, but who knows what will happen next month.
Just listen to what you like and be open to possible changes in your internal weather:}
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