Posted by Eric Schissel on November 23, 2013, 12:23 am
If one's going to give up on the music of a composer, one doesn't need an excuse, but at least try not to make it such a flimsy one. Most importantly -- "Allowing for youthful inexperience"??? |
- one can only "allow" for youthful inexperience when one already knows the idiom and output of the composer a good deal better, otherwise the expression just makes no sense- it's an empty placeholder, really. (Think this through before responding reflexively, please.)
Let's think of an obvious reductio ad absurdum analogy, if not a particularly good one- someone unfamiliar with Beethoven, who's heard a little of their lesser music and finally gives up at the end of a review of his 2 mandolin sonatas. Which, in the context of Szymanowski's output, is about where his 1st symphony probably fits (I exaggerate some, but still), though I'd rate the 2nd symphony rather better in quality (though it's not really characteristic of him, even though I've only heard it- expect that most of us have only heard it- in the late-in-life revision he undertook.) Again, you don't need an excuse, but if you want one, I recommend choosing better and more characteristic music of his to give up after... perhaps the violin concertos, or his string quartets, or his Stabat Mater.