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Thread: Why do you think some musicians widely recognized during their time are forgotten?

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    I frequently hear a work by a near forgotten composer - Hummel for example - and I think - mmm, that's pretty good.

    then why dont I go and make sure I have a copy in my collection? why do I never seek it out and revisit?

    pretty good aint good enough.

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    I like some of Louis Spohr's music - the Nonet is a wonderful piece with a slow movement that ranks with Beethoven. Unfortunately, Spohr could also produce passages of terribly banal writing. Great composers' music is very rarely banal.

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    I've often wondered this myself. There are so many quality composers outside of the typical ones that get all the attention. How did an opera composer as sensationally popular as Meyerbeer in the 19th century become forgotten?

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    A note on two composers mentioned, Raff and Hummel.

    I'm not familiar with Raff's music, but Liszt and Tchaikovsky where admirers (placing him above Brahms). In saying this, its worth noting how Raff helped Liszt with orchestration, and Brahms' ally Eduard Hanslick savaged Tchaikovsky's music. When Richard Strauss met Bernard Herrmann, he was surprised in the young composer's expert knowledge of Raff.

    I've enjoyed Hummel's Concerto in B minor for decades, and fondly remember hearing it played by Piers Lane. I remember reading the program of that concert and in it the writer argued that composers who have now passed to second rank status still have a place in the concert hall. I agree in Hummel's case, he wrote good music and was influential on others including Chopin and Schubert. His Septet is still performed, so too his Trumpet Concerto which is considered to be amongst the finest for the instrument. I think he occupies a position similar to Max Bruch.
    Last edited by Sid James; Oct-28-2018 at 01:12.

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