Friend: Enthusiastic as I was about "My Father..." and many other Adams pieces, I don't like [Naive and Sentimental Music] at all. To me, it sounds like "Adams Does Adams," without anything new... no, just anything...to say. Sorry.Clearly some critical antipathy toward Philip Glass originates in the demand for constant newness and originality.
Me: And how did you feel about Haydn around Symphony No. 85?
Monday, October 29, 2007
A thoughtful post from Matthew Guerrier about the nature of genius, Romantic thinking, and current notions of innovation reminded me of a particular email exchange with a friend a few years back: