[...] if we take a group of contemporary fashionable young Italians (Mascagni, Leoncavallo, Puccini, Giordano) we will see that same type of adroit and unceremonious illustrators in sound of various faits divers and of street scenes who have made use by those same techniques of a tasteless, coarse, exaggeratedly clear writing.
La Bohème? The scenes about everyday life and genre-painting represent a mixed salad of variegated little phrases mechanically combined with one another. In any five minutes the lyric scenes lead to wailing on high notes with a disintegration of the orchestra. [...] But nevertheless Puccini is a talented and spirited person, and, of course, in La Bohème there are exceptions.
Given the involvement of the CIA and McCarthyism, what Stalin did was no different than what the US did.(especially Opp. 15 or so to 43- before Stalin crushed him)
Yagan Kiely wrote:Bach was definitely innovative, you don't see his level of chromaticism until Wagner
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