Mr. Hedley apparently instances the obscurity and "dismal failure" by the composer's reference to a "Marian hymn" and the inexplicable curiosity of the gift to the Virgin. I cannot remember whether the hymn is in fact "Ave Maris Stella" (Hail to the Star of the Sea) or not - my copy of the Collins CD is elsewhere - but Max has written a piece with that title and the semantic connection is obvious so it seems a disingenuous act to obscure it in a review for the purpose of punishing the composer for what the reviewer obviously finds distasteful. And why he should find a discussion of wave-forms so obscure is a mystery to me. I am neither a Roman Catholic nor a scientist, but I regard such information as a useful adjunct to listening, though not an aid, since the auditory organ always has the first and last word in the aesthetic reception of music. Is anybody so naive as to expect Schoenberg's treatises to aid listening to or explain his music?
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