Post by JohnGavin
Lesser known works of music generally deserve their obscurity.
Decades ago I would have strongly challenged this theory (which I heard
from a highly accomplished virtuoso). Now I’ve moved closer to it -
somewhat. Since many here listen to a wide range of music, your
opinions will be interesting.
My suspicions have always been that music is dismissed for dumb reasons,
and we're supposed to accept the professor or critic's dismissal without
hearing it ourselves: this music is bad because it's in mono, or it's too
old, or it's too sentimental, or it's too dramatic, or it has too much
harmony, or other reputable critics said it's bad, or the composer is a
monarchist, or is ugly, the music is obsolete because it's not serial,
sold too few copies so must be suppressed, the composer's third cousin is
a composer residing in a country we're at war with, etc.