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  •  To this day, after being the recipient of (5+ / 0-)
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    zenbassoon, raboof, oysterface, Dumbo, shari

    innumerable rolled eyes and sighs of weary resignation, I do not understand how so many can insist that MOZART was the greatest composer of all time-space continua. I've always loved "Roman Carnival" and "Harold" and so many other lush orchestral works, usually not by Berlioz (I did listen to "Romeo and Juliet" years ago) and am bored and unimpressed by MOZART'S "elegant simplicity". Sorry, Wolferl.

    •  The problem I have with Mozart (4+ / 0-)
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      is that I have to keep remembering "yes, this sounds cliched. But he invented the cliches."  

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      by raboof on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 04:31:55 AM PST

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    •  Mozart just SEEMS simple. (3+ / 0-)
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      It's that trait of SEEMING simple that makes it so good.  I think Mozart requires a higher level of listening ability and focus than the bigger romantic pieces.  Mozart pieces that used to bore me come to life on the umpteenth listening.  By contrast, romantic works that blew me away on the first umpteen listening usually lose their charm rather than gaining.

      As for simple...  This is part of the coda of the Jupiter Symphony last movement.  The four fugal themes are highlighted in color (stolen from wikipedia):

      Not simple, but it is elegant.  When I analyzed it, I only focused on three of these themes (just to keep things "simple") and ignored the one in black.

      A word that I've come to associate with Mozart that describes it better than simple, I think, is SUBVERSIVE.  Mozart's music has other levels beneath the seemingly simple and inoffensive (to 18th century ruling class ears).  That's why the extra listenings pay off so well.

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