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RE: Mozart was a bad composer...

> I'm sure Mozart would lose a lot of sleep over your analysis.
Not the most convinving argument of all time I admit, but I really do hate
most of his music (I'm not merely influenced by Gould's view, Mozart has
never meant anything to me). Is there really something about Mozart's music
which makes it stand out from Haydn and C.P.E. Bach, or are we just brought
up to believe he was better? 

> > -----Original Message-----
> > From:	Thayer A [SMTP:A.Thayer@rhbnc.ac.uk]
> > Sent:	Thursday, November 04, 1999 11:53 AM
> > To:	'BONG'; 'f minor'
> > Subject:	RE: Mozart was a bad composer...
> > 
> > > A very infantile and groundless quotation. If it's Gould, I can't
> > respect
> > > him any more.
> > > 
> > > Juozas Rimas
> > > 
> > > 
> > Personally I agree entirely with Gould. Mozart is a very over-rated
> > composer, whose music is riddled with appalling cliches (and yes they
> were
> > cliches in his day not just ours). He has brief moments of quality, but
> > the
> > music always reverts to an appallingly obvious and over-used cadence,
> > after
> > a few brief seconds of interest. The early classical style was a case of
> > musical degeneration, for me, not any kind of real advancement. It moves
> > away from the tight structure and advanced counterpoint of Bach, but
> does
> > not acheive the same emotional quality as romantic music. I regard
> Mozart
> > as
> > an important developmental composer, but this does not make him a great
> > composer (same with Liszt in many ways). I think it is a case of Mozart
> > having taken a step backwards, to allow later composers to take two
> steps
> > forwards. Anyway, I'm not going to bore you by ranting on about this
> > forever. These are just my basic views on his music.
> > 
> > Andrew
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