2020-11-07 04:22:41 UTC
Many decades ago when I was in my late teens, I'd sneak listens to the local
classical station when no one else was in the house. I knew nothing of
classical music other than I found it fascinating.
I was struck by a Mennin symphony; I have no idea which one. A half century
later I began buying an occasional Mennin CD hoping to recapture that
Those on the shelf include Symphonies 3, 5, 6 (two versions), 7 (two
versions), 8, and 9. They are all impressive for their seriousness, and
violent energy. To me, they seem solidly constructed.
But, darn it, they remain stubbornly hard to like. Mennin eschews most
things that people find attractive in music: lovely harmonies, themes,
colorful orchestration. I listen to them with respect and grudging
admiration, but I don't return to them often.
Any Mennin fans out there? Maybe you can suggest what I should concentrate
on to get more pleasure (which seems not to be his concern) from Mennin