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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?

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Date: 3/9/2020 3:51:00 PM
I did not know that about Bach, but now I shall never forget it.
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Date: 3/7/2020 1:26:00 PM
Maurice, I love this, and thank you for reminding me that I have been sadly and badly neglecting my classical music listening sessions of late.
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