Wednesday, 12 July 2000

Classical vs. Romantic

Listening to:

Shostakovich, cello concerto #2, op. 126. Even over the hum of computer fans, this is relentless stuff. It grabs the attention, interrupting attempts to write web-logs.

Weather, and a Musical Distinction

It was sunny and nice this morning as we walked into work, and I thought, “Wow, clearly the way to improve poor weather is to complain about it publicly on the World Wide Web.” Even thinking that thought was enough to counteract any magical properties my previous entry had though, and the sky is grey and cloudy outside my window now, just 80 minutes later.

A bunch of friends and I are trying to decide what Proms concerts to go and see. Any suggestions?

Talking of music, a reader of my music pages has asked how to distinguish classical from romantic music. The easy answer is to say that classical is Mozart, Haydn, J. C. Bach, and early Beethoven, and that romantic is later Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Brahms. I think I’ve listened to enough music to be able to pick an era when I hear something, but I fear that I don’t know enough to be able to express the difference in words. I don’t have the musicological vocabulary or training to nail down what I can hear, though I know there are differences.