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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000037.txt from 2010/11

From: Curtis Bennett <>
Subj: Re: [kl] What's Wrong with "Contemporary Classical"?
Date: Wed, 03 Nov 2010 13:24:37 -0400

I don't dislike baroque music.

This thread started because I disagreed with the assertion that all
contemporary music was garbage.

My argument is that just as much of it is garbage as baroque or
classical music is. Those genres have had the gift of time to bubble
the good stuff to the surface. Contemporary music doesn't have that

There's tons of REALLY awful baroque and classical (period) music that
no one listens to. Contemporary music that is crap today, will still
be crap 200 years from now. But the good stuff will last.

On Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 10:15 AM, John Dablin <> wrote:
> On 03/11/10 16:34, Peter Gentry wrote:
>> 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?
> A friend (30-ish) said much the same thing recently, and I used to feel
> the same at his age. It's only now that I seem to have the maturity to
> listen with "baroque ears" (not truly possible, I know), and grasp the
> emotional content that's subtly hidden within the formal styles of such
> music. I'm sure many people mature much faster than he and I!
> And who said baroque music was all easy to play?!
> (As an aside, I think I was scarred by playing Handel's Water Music and
> Fireworks Music at school, playing for a long time with an immature
> embouchure getting and getting very tired).
> John Dablin
> Aylesbury UK
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