Bopping with Niall JP O'Leary

Niall O'Leary insists on sharing his hare-brained notions and hysterical emotions. Personal obsessions with cinema, literature, food and alcohol feature regularly.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

More Music

The thing that really bugs me about Mendelssohn's 5th is the final movement. He comes up with this really wonderful opening theme and then doesn't use it, utilising instead a whole load of Mendelssohn standards. I'm not saying those elements are bad, but he has a real meaty theme, a Brahmsian theme, and instead he falls back on the predictable. That's late Mendelssohn all over. Lazy, when he could be amazing. He always cheers me up, but he never inspires me with awe.


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