Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Because when you're a great composer, you're allowed to have iconoclastic opinions

Every moment in Mozart's music we come across passages from which something can be learnt; and I have no doubt at all that, when the wheel of time has turned a few more cycles, the best of Mozart's symphonies will remain standing while most of Beethoven's will fall, for the simple reason that, in Mozart's art, the lyrical - the subjective and the epic-artistic - are more evenly balanced than in Beethoven's works. Beethoven, for all his great compositional power, is really only a lyrist. We may feel more on hearing Beethoven's works, but people a hundred years hence may feel quite differently, and art based chiefly on emotion becomes redundant unless it is universal in the sense that there will always be something to learn from it. And in a purely artistic, musical sense there is far more to learn in Mozart than in Beethoven.
Carl Nielsen, Living Music, 21.

Two years ago I would have strenuously disagreed with anyone that dared to place Mozart on a higher pedestal than Beethoven. Now, I'm not so sure.

And, from the department of Bizarre Bus Stop Encounters:

Complete Stranger: (approaching Osbert with enthusiasm, rubbing his hands together) Yessirree! Which bus are you waiting for?

Osbert: I'm waiting to catch the #6.

Complete Stranger (visibly crestfallen) Oh.

1 comment:

Lane Savant said...

missing the #7 is a great loss, indeed.