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Columnist Jeremy Yudkin writes about Austrian composer Franz Joseph Haydn, who led a respectable, relatively quiet life, simply turning out one masterpiece after another.
The trouble with new music is that it’s unnecessarily complicated, it has too many ideas in succession, there are too many unexpected harmonies, and it’s difficult to grasp the music on just a single hearing. That, at least, was the criticism of Mozart’s music during his lifetime. Other judgements of the young whippersnapper’s work included: "too strongly spiced,” "impenetrable,” "bizarre," "overloaded and overstuffed.”
This weekend's programming at Tanglewood gives us an opportunity to hear an interesting mixture of three well-known masterpieces together with two unfamiliar works by known composers. One of these unfamiliar works is by Mozart! (And here you thought you knew all of Mozart’s works ...)