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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000034.txt from 2010/11

From: "Peter Gentry" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] What's Wrong with "Contemporary Classical"?
Date: Wed, 03 Nov 2010 12:34:58 -0400

Why not just enjoy as much music as diverts you - no need for making
sweeping judgements. Is ALL Shostakovitch "better" than ALL Mozart? - I
don't think so. Different certainly.

Be equally wary of the opposite view that all modern music is an unmusical
cacophony - that is patently not true.

I always think it best to avoid joining one or other fixed positions - you
miss so much.

I have heard young professionals being very scathing of baroque composers -
"the music is boring and too easy". Much is easy on the ear and to read but
is difficulty the only measure of worth in music?

-----Original Message-----
From: Curtis Bennett []
Sent: Wednesday, November 03, 2010 3:03 PM
To: The Klarinet Mailing List
Subject: Re: [kl] What's Wrong with "Contemporary Classical"?

But within the realm of "Classical" - I'll take Shostakovich or
Stravinsky, or even Penderecki over Mozart any day.

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