Plumb Lines

August 11, 2009

The Academy of the Overrated

Filed under: Uncategorized — David Schaengold @ 9:12 pm

At last, a courageous stand against Mozart. It’s high time we reassessed his status as a member of the great troika that includes Beethoven and Bach. Of course the Mass in c minor is spine-chilling, Symphony #25 is flesh-crinkling, the art songs are as perfect in their way as Schubert’s and do something anatomically unnameable, etc., but not a small portion of his work is mechanical and ostentatious. This music is not played often, understandably, but Bach and Beethoven wrote nothing comparably pedestrian. Bring back the three B’s!

-David Schaengold


1 Comment »

  1. Thank you for the Woody Allen reference. Ah!

    Comment by Matthew Schmitz — August 12, 2009 @ 2:25 pm

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