They say you can't comb a sphere, but I'm going to try...
posted by Kyle McCullough
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.
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.
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.
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.
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