Thursday, October 13, 2005


I just heard on NPR that they have found a previously unknown work by Beethoven--written in his own hand. I'd have thought they would have looked there already.


Anonymous Rich said...

Somehow the manuscript made it to Pennsylvania, a place not usually associated with the composer. Quick, look in your basement, you might find an undiscovered Mozart or something.

Anyway, I tend to agree with those critics who don't much care for the piece.

8:05 AM  
Blogger Daryl McCullough said...

Rich, I saw that web site once before (I think you pointed to it in your blog?). I have no opinion about most of the "Ten Dirtiest Secrets", but I have to protest the remark about Liszt. Two of my favorite classical pieces are by Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody Number 2, and Les Preludes. Of course, my opinions about these are probably influence by childhood exposure: The first was the background music to many a Warner Brother's cartoon, and the second was the theme music of the Flash Gordon serials.

11:15 AM  
Anonymous Rich said...

Really? Liszt? I have never liked the composer ever since I read a biography of him when I was a kid. I associate the music with Liberace, not Warner Brothers.

But the composer whose music I really don't enjoy, and who did not make the dirty secret list, is Mahler.

1:52 PM  
Blogger Daryl McCullough said...

If you heard Hungarian Rhapsody Number Two, you would surely recognize it from cartoons (assuming you watched them when you were a kid). Here are two samples (if you have a way to play mp3 files: Sample 1 and Sample 2.

3:51 PM  

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