Started by Dundonnell, March 25, 2008, 02:09:14 PM
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Quote from: Dundonnell on March 25, 2008, 03:18:22 PMAs powerful and immensely well-written essays in late 20th century symphonism Simpson does however I believe demonstrate that the symphony as a musical form need not disappear!
Quote from: Jezetha on March 25, 2008, 03:37:55 PMI agree!Some of Simpson's grimness may also stem from the feeling he must undoubtedly have had, of swimming against the (serial) tide. It's better for an artist to feel himself borne up. You need a very strong character to work in opposition to the times and still be fresh, generous, colourful and confident.
Quote from: Jezetha on March 25, 2008, 04:08:47 PMOn 13 November 1998 I wrote the following about Brian vs Simpson:Too little in Simpson of the messy business of being human. Whereas Brian is the Earth, sometimes looking upwards to watch the stars, Simpson wants to be those stars with their inhuman and inscrutable processes. Yes, he puts himself on the side of organic growth, but in humans subjectivity (a term of abuse to Simpson) sometimes rides rough-shod over all consistency. This you can hear in Brian. And that is why Brian, despite being less of a theorist about the Symphony, is the greater symphonist. Melody carries the stamp of the ego; it is this which Simpson eschews, it is this which makes his works, at their best, powerful and impressive, but also neutral and unmoving.
Quote from: edward on March 25, 2008, 04:30:05 PMI'd agree with the view espoused here that Simpson's music can be rather dry and austere (though often volcanic in its intensity). I find many of the symphonies command respect rather than admiration, but when Simpson's at his best (for me the 5th and 9th symphonies and some of the late chamber music) I find the music extremely compelling. The 11th symphony is interesting, too: the textures are airier, lighter, more transparent. I wish Simpson had had time to explore the direction promised in this work: I think it could have been very fruitful.
Quote from: Dundonnell on March 25, 2008, 02:09:14 PMutmost integrity ... sterling work as a BBC music producer, refused to compromise his principles and spoke out in defence of those principles.
Quote from: some guy on March 25, 2008, 04:39:41 PMLet's see now.Why, that sounds like a description of Sir William Glock. Yes indeed, it does....
Quote from: DavidW on March 26, 2008, 05:58:08 AMThat's a load of crap.
Quote from: Jezetha on March 26, 2008, 07:34:54 AMYour sentence isn't even that. Please refute me.
Quote from: DavidW on March 26, 2008, 09:41:55 AMThere is nothing to refute, it's not an argument it's a collection of metaphors.
Quote from: DavidW on March 26, 2008, 10:25:23 AMI understood what you said, you did not have to rephrase it. Your concept of melody is naive and oversimplistic.
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