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The Truth is Revealed With Age
I think it was Bruno Walter who said that one can not appreciate Mozart until he is fifty. Of course that is a bit of an exaggeration but there is truth to it. As we age we see the trivial disappear and we understand why other things remain. The vast majority of the music we listened to in high school is gone. You hear about 100 hits from the "Classic Rock" era on the radio. How many thousands of times have you heard Pink Floyd songs from Dark Side of the Moon, Stairway to Heaven, Layla, Hotel California ... but almost all the rest you never hear. When is the last time you heard the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Hot Tuna, David Bromberg? Remember how big they were? And what besides Born to Be Wild have you heard from Steppenwolf, or what have you heard besides Mississippi Queen from Mountain? It's all gone!
But classical music is like an old bank account. Markets go up and down and fortunes are made and lost, but the money in the bank account keeps growing little by little and never disappears. As we age we see the choices of our youth flitter away and we notice that there is a music out there that we heard as kids and still hear today. It hasn't disappeared even after centuries! Just listen to that Bach Brandenburg ... will that ever sound tired and boring? Impossible. It's a monument. What about that Mendelssohn slow movement. During the Casals version I was on the verge of tears. Who described the budding feelings of youthful love than Mendelssohn, who died before his 40th birthday?
They say the truth shall set you free. I don't know how true that is, but the truth does get revealed as you get older ... assuming you keep looking for it!
Author: Von Cello Eintrag from 10.10.2008
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