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Thread: Has anyone heard of the The Atheist Codger Series?

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    I posted this in the Religious Music thread, and I'll say it again here.

    OK, we backed off a bit from our fairly hard line on purely religious/political discussion hoping people could discuss issues civilly without resorting to attacks, insults (direct or otherwise). The results were decidedly negative. Please refrain from purely religious (or political) discussions. This thread has the term Atheist in the title, but it is not about atheism but rather about a person's discussions of music .

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    I'm not sure whether I've found this guy's posts useful or not. I watched/listened to his analysis of Sibelius 6th. It adds to my technical understanding to know that there is a tension in moving from D minor to C major, but what does this signify? And in what way is this symphony a "sonic dreamscape"? Do I like it because it recalls "high Renaissance church music"?

    I'm not complaining, by the way, just wondering how to connect the analysis to the experience of listening.
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    oh wow this turned into a popular thread. glad you guys are liking his videos!

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    I have not heard of him brother.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctuses View Post
    His name is David Goza and he has a wonderful YouTube channel doing very detailed and spot on analysis of some of the best pieces in classical. For example, he's gone through all of Beethoven's symphonies and String Quartets. He gives an introduction before each movement, then puts up the sheet music to go along with the music and has notes at the top.

    Here's his channel. Tell me what you think!

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-7...jjSAoLr2MdJtWQ
    I've checked out his take on the Schubert C-major quintet and the Beethoven A-minor quartet Op. 132, I think this guy is absolutely fantastic.

    However, I think it would be better if in his introductory remarks for each movement, he gave a road map, discussed the overall structure and introduced the principal themes, how the composer transitions between themes and incorporates earlier material later on, assigns varying roles to the instruments, and other characteristic techniques, illustrated with brief musical snippets of the upcoming movement. Then, when the listener reaches these pivotal places in the music, he thinks, "Aha! I hear what he was talking about!" I've heard lectures where this is done very effectively.

    He is tackling some seriously complex and sophisticated music, and unless you are already familiar with it, it won't be easy to follow all that information about modulations, transitions and recapitulations and so forth with his line by line running commentary unless you are very well prepared. You don't really need his precise line-by-line analysis, and all that information, voluminous as it is, is still very much incomplete, as he readily admits.

    Still, good stuff, thanks for linking it. As for the discussion above about his moniker, come on, guys, just stop it. I try very hard to respect the opinions and beliefs of others, but even if some of us can't do that, you are entitled to go by any name you @#$%ing want to go by, so long as you aren't saying anything offensive about anyone else. This guy has my respect for creating this considerable youtube project, flawed as it may be. The end.

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