Did anyone else watch the Eurovision Song Contest? Here are my opinions:
Finland - The same texture and character throughout the piece made it uninteresting, although the song had a theme of ecological concern which was good.
Bosnia & Herzegovina - There was obvious folk elements to this piece and even though a triangle was involved, the performance looked rather desperate.
Denmark - It was a good song, but too much like the British band, 'Take That'.
If you haven't already heard Haydn's 'Creation', listen to it now!
The prelude is a "representation of chaos". However, Haydn's "representation of chaos" is more technically subtle than chaotic. It begins in C minor (or does it?!) and almost immediately drifts unpredictably to outrageously remote keys. I would argue that this moment marks the beginning of the breakdown of tonality, not Wagner's Tristan. The formal process of moving to the dominant has been thrown
The amount of inspiration Shakespeare has given composers is astonishing. Even though Shakespeare was British, it is a testament to his genius that he was recognized as an inspirational figure abroad.
The most notable works inspired by Shakespeare (for me) are Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, Prokofiev's Rome and Juliet, Verdi's Othello. If anyone can direct my attention to any more I'd appreciate that.
This blog relates to the Cambridge debate which I have just watched and which is still fresh in my mind. Below is a link where you can watch the debate if you have two hours to kill.
The debate focused on the motion which was: 'This House believes that classical music is irrelevant to today's youth'.
The arguments for the motion were many. DJ 'Kissy Sell Out' pointed out that even if a classical piece of music is famous, most
Composers of the 'New Complexity' movement have produced the most esoteric music I've ever heard. They are esoteric to listeners because there is simply too much information to completely grasp the parameters at play. They are also esoteric to performers as they are extremely difficult compositions to play.