Thursday, January 09, 2020

Hmm …

… The Real John Simon – Tablet Magazine. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Perhaps the most telling thing in this piece is what Simon says about Bach: “It appears to me that Bach and Mozart … wrote predictable, mathematical music, limited in scope, not unlike a caged canary’s pleasant but anodyne chirping.” He must have somehow never heard the sarabande from Bach’s Cello Sonata No. 6 or the Agnus Dei from the Mass in B-Minor.” What he says is, if nothing else, astoundingly ignorant.

1 comment:

  1. That is very odd. It sounds like Florence King's poor-but-smart kid who on growing up prefers A Sentimental Education to Madame Bovary since fewer of his or her old antagonists have heard of the former. (And actually Kingsley Amis had a couple of music snobs in The Anti-Death League who frowned on Bach.)