March 27, 2008

Gratuitous Musickal Observation

The local classical station is currently running Antonín Dvořák's Symphony No. 9 "From the New World."

This reminds me that the Easter Vigil last Saturday featured, among other works, Dvořák's Mass in D Major. I blinked when I first read the program simply because I hadn't known that Dvořák ever wrote such a piece before, although on reflection it should not have come as any particular surprise.

As for the musick itself? Well, I rayther like ol' Dvořák's symphonic works, but I must say that I wasn't exactly bowled over by his Mass. Not that it was bad, mind you, just not all that inspiring. And it didn't hold a candle to the Palestrina, Tallis and other earlier works that were served up.

Posted by Robert at March 27, 2008 12:20 PM | TrackBack

Dvorák's output varies tremendously. If, for example, you were only familiar with his snoozer Violin Concerto you would never imagine him also writing the glorious Cello Concerto.

Posted by: The Bovina Bloviator at March 27, 2008 02:40 PM