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Old 05-07-2007, 01:56 AM   #16
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Oh goodness, I can only imagine. When I was at school, almost every band recital we had featured a twelve year old plodding through Fur Elise. I expect your students must have all been clamouring to learn the Moonlight adagio as well?
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Old 05-07-2007, 08:33 PM   #17
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I guess I just like moody Germans, Poles and Russians...they're like the alternative rockers of the classical world. I'd take Beethoven, Shostakovich, Stravinsky and Chopin over almost anyone else any day.
you just listed my favourite classical composers

i know what you're saying about the music of mozart, vivaldi and the likes...pretty, but somehow lacks the emotion of the ones you listed.
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I've actually found that the more I dig into Mozart's work, the more emotion I find. Of course, it's much more disciplined and restrained than later composers, but it's definitely there. Several pianists, Horowitz included, have said that Mozart was deceptively simple and only with age did they see the true genius in the music.

All that said, I definitely find myself more drawn to the composers you listed, GG. (my first college recital was works by Brahms, Beethoven, Shostakovich and Chopin).
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I've actually found that the more I dig into Mozart's work, the more emotion I find. Of course, it's much more disciplined and restrained than later composers, but it's definitely there. Several pianists, Horowitz included, have said that Mozart was deceptively simple and only with age did they see the true genius in the music.
I'd agree with this. Simplicity is the mark of a true artist. To me most classical peices try way too hard to say something or evoke an emotion out of a listener. More often than not, simplicity is the easy way to achieve those. Mozart's work is quite naked and I think the lack of window dressing blinds people from seeing the true genius in that.
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