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Re: Hans Gal
Posted by Colin Mackie on June 8, 2016, 1:31 pm, in reply to "Re: Hans Gal"
I knew perfectly well when I wrote my first post that I would be open to the charge of being unfair to a composer who wrote as he wished to write regardless of fashion or trends in the music of his time. As a stout defender of composers who stuck with tonality against criticism-often virulent-from some of their contemporaries I recognise and applaud most of these composers. As I write I am listening to the new Toccata release of music by Arnold Rosner whose delightful music was denounced by his teachers at the University of Buffalo in the mid-1960s. Rosner's music might equally be regarded as "anachronistic", infused as it is by a modal polyphony reminiscent so often of a composer like Vaughan Williams or, sometimes, Alan Hovhaness (a hero of Rosner's).
As I tried to say, I do not dislike Gal's music-how could one? and heaven knows I have enough of it on my shelves!. Of course, he had every right to compose as he did. Dominy is absolutely on the nail. One's response to music is so very personal. It is sometimes hard to defend-indeed essentially often completely indefensible in any real sense that can be understood by others. Oft times it is simply a question of whether one "gets" a composer's music. I don't "get" Delius and, it seems, I don't get Gal.
But if one didn't 'report' such 'failures' we would all spend our time telling each other how much we love/like/admire composers x, y and z. And that could get a bit boring.
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