Ardent Classical Music Buff
As an ardent classical music buff
my saturation point has had enough
of radio programs that offer a 24/7
diet of Bach, Mozart and Beethoven
and other warhorses ad nauseum,
(as if every world famous museum
hung only the works of, say, van Gogh,
Rembrandt, Monet, and Picasso).
Forcing the listener to wrongly
conclude those composers were the only
ones among their contemporaries,
a concluion as absurd as it is
unhistorical and ridiculous.
The truth is there were many composers
contemporary with their famous “brothers”
though far below the high shoulders
of, say, a Bach, or a Mozart, and others.
Though in the case of Bach – and I hate
to say it – critics thought only second rate,
and of a stubborn mediocrity
unworthy of their praise and flattery.
As a result of this deaf ignorance
critics showed a stupid intolerance
for his music for the next hundred years
when his music again appears –
thanks to the genius (and ears) of none
other than Felix Mendelsohn
who played the role of a third wife
and resurrected Bach to a second life.
Today every classical music station
gluts my weary-wary ears to saturation
so that my tolerance for Bach’s music
is no better than every erstwhile critic,
though I’d hesitate to fault Mendelssohn
for Bach’s shocking present-day reversal
except to ask: Is too much of a beneficial
thing good even when it’s Bach overdone?
Copyright © Maurice Rigoler | Year Posted 2020
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