[REPOST] Criticism

So apparently there was this music critic named Paul Rosenfeld, who was active from about 1920 to his death in 1946. I found an anthology of his essays at a used book shop, his name…

[REPOST] Rhythm

I have only just realized — late enough! — that music is much more about time than about sound. It is impossible to think that I will have time to fully internalize and act upon…

[REPOST] A clerihew

W. H. Auden Was absolutely sauden; He was even more drunk Than anyone could have possibly thunk. (originally posted 30 January 2017)

[REPOST] Que boulez-vous?

De mortuis nil nisi bonum : one of those proverbs that seem to have been written with a very specific target in mind! Let us assume that Boulez would have taken it as a compliment…

[REPOST] Raff, symphonism, etc.

Joseph Joachim Raff (1822-82) gets a bad rap. The possible reasons are numerous and most of them are as unworthy as they are unprovable. Yes, a lot of his music is facile to the point…

[REPOST] Not Even Wrong

The title of this post is a phrase famously used by physicist Wolfgang Pauli (1901 – 1958) to characterize theories that were so completely misconcieved that it was not possible to isolate a single, crisp…