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    In order to really appreciate Mozart's genius, you need to listen to some didgeridoo music:


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    What makes Mozart's music grate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by millionrainbows View Post
    What makes Mozart's music grate?
    I don't know. Maybe because Mozart's music has the consistency of cheese?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I don't know. Maybe because Mozart's music has the consistency of cheese?
    It definitely has that aged smell.

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    Personally, I notice that Mozart's music at once establishes and breaks his own rules with regards to form. Mozart's piano concertos and later symphonies have this quality of being perfectly constructed, in particular. Once Mozart establishes his theme, he plays with it and toys with it, working in different complexities and tone colors. Mozart's music show attention to detail and craftsmanship, really.

    But that's just how I see it.

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    OP: It's like you are looking for a tangible recipe for Mozart's genius, so we can all copy it and become great composers too.

    One can't define the intangible. Just be glad we lived after him and not before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    OP: It's like you are looking for a tangible recipe for Mozart's genius, so we can all copy it and become great composers too.

    One can't define the intangible. Just be glad we lived after him and not before.
    That's not true.

    "justice" is intangible - and you will find a definition in the dictionary.

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    But is Mozart great? OK, he is a great composer, I wouldn't deny that, but the point is that he is not only a great composer but has certain abilities which make him not only a great composer but also a composer not better but more popular than other ones. Haydn for example is great, and he is as great as Mozart and Beethoven, but he doesn't enjoy that popularity. Mozart has this ability not only to compose great music, but also music who can become more popular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Der Titan View Post
    But is Mozart great? OK, he is a great composer, I wouldn't deny that, but the point is that he is not only a great composer but has certain abilities which make him not only a great composer but also a composer not better but more popular than other ones. Haydn for example is great, and he is as great as Mozart and Beethoven, but he doesn't enjoy that popularity. Mozart has this ability not only to compose great music, but also music who can become more popular.
    My entirely subjective and generalizing distinction between Haydn on the one hand and Mozart and Beethoven on the other: Haydn celebrates music for its own sake. Mozart and Beethoven (each in his own way) are somehow more able to use music to reflect and elicit human emotion.

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