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It was only when I grew up that I heard the source of the tune.......
I didn't realize the "song" went back that far. A tad hard to stomach in that particular performance format, however.
Ah yes, but as a clip from ‘Babe’? Wonderful 😊
"Music, rich, full of feeling, not soulless, is like a crystal on which the sun falls and brings forth from it a whole rainbow" - F. Chopin "I never dreamt with my own two hands I could touch the sky" - Sappho
There are also plenty of symphonies which have single movements I like. First movement from Mozart 40, second movement from Shostakovich 5, third movements from Tchaikowski 6 or Shostakovich 6, fourth movement of Mendelssohn 4, and many more.
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My grand piano is a Yamaha C2 SG. My other Yamaha is an XMAX 300.
Most of the above but I want to use this thread to introduce to you all a real masterpiece written by a 20/22 year-old nobody probably ever heard of before. His story is intriguing.
For the final year of his studies in 1878, Rott submitted the first movement of his Symphony in E major to a composition contest. When it was completed he showed it to Brahms who told Rott that he had no talent whatsoever and that he should give up music. Rott snapped. In October 1880, while on a train journey, he reportedly threatened another passenger with a revolver, claiming that Brahms had filled the train with dynamite. Rott was committed to a mental hospital in 1881 where he died at age 25.
But the symphony is one of my favorites. Listen to just the first 5 minutes before you decide to listen to the whole magnificent thing. And remember Rott was only 20 when he wrote the 1st movement.
Speaking of obscure composers, there are a few of them that were wrongly accused of being sympathetic to the National Socialism and as a result were forcefully neglected in the denazification era, such as:
Franz Schmidt - wonderful symphonies!
Hans Pfitzner - many works, including a very nice symphony
Joseph Marx - some nice piano works and also a great symphony.
^ I have this symphony in my Apple Music library and I love it. And I’ve read about his short and tragic live. Such a pity.
It's interesting to note that Rott and Mahler roomed together for awhile at University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. We'll never know the extent of what sort of influence Mahler had on Rott and vice-versa but it's safe to say that Rott was writing Mahler before Mahler was writing Mahler, so close are the style, orchestration and expansive musical thought. That opening horn melody against the fluttering strings and how it builds ever so gradually to a thunderous Wagnerian climax is to me pure genius from a 20 years old. Chopin at 20 was still writing piano concertos that mimicked the style of Hummel and here we have Hans Rott writing a nearly mature almost 1 hour symphony at the same age. The damage Brahms caused with his idiotic thoughtless criticisms which helped to push Rott over the edge of sanity will always be a stain on Brahms flawed character in my mind.
The damage Brahms caused with his idiotic thoughtless criticisms which helped to push Rott over the edge of sanity will always be a stain on Brahms flawed character in my mind.
Totally agree! I thought the same today after I listened to the entire symphony again. It’s one thing to criticize with objectivity or even reject music because you find it not fitting your concepts or whatever but to dismiss someone as lacking talent when that’s apparently not the case, well that’s just ugly and very rude. Absolute stain on Brahms who’s otherwise a very fine composer.