As to your last sentence, don't you think that there is an awful lot of occasional music written by not-first-rank composers going back to the C18 at least which would have been every bit as unchallenging as this light music? Music such as the Sarti quoted in Don Giovanni or Feld-parti music? Then as now commissioners (aristocratic or royal) would be quite happy to have their 'complacency preconceptions' confirmed.
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I was travelling on Saturday, so I did not hear the BAL. However I did catch the recommended examples on yesterday's Classical Collection, two very dull pieces by Eric Coates. Surely they could have done better than that, even by drawing on other better works by him. I don't have any dislike of light music, and play the excellent Hyperion discs from time to time,along with a few other compilations, and there is much more enjoyable music there than in the selection we heard yesterday.
I suppose somebody has to say it, so I do.
I am glad that the heavy music is back with us (or do I mean 'dark music'?)
Actually I do own all five Hyperion discs alluded to above, so I can listen appreciatively to light music (though I think the performances could be vastly more effective and engaging), but once again BBC over-exposure has done a genre a disservice, I think. Its essential conventionality and even banality gets thrust into the foreground. At least with me.
No need to take cover! I think that for some of us ancients the light music genre was so much part of our radio youth that it was part of our childhood learning process, to be heard with a touch of nostalgia now and again. It was probably my first introduction to what an orchestra sounded like before I moved on to what my benighted but much loved parents called " The highbrow stuff"
If you grew up with programmes like Grand Hotel or Music While You Work, possibly featuring Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler, you'll know what I mean.
I agree - I think CotW and perhaps a couple of concerts would have been sufficient, but there was definitely overkill (and crazy to have a simultaneous broadcast with R2).once again BBC over-exposure has done a genre a disservice, I think
I wish to modify my message above a little. It seems too strong in the light of day. I do enjoy light music, especially from those composers who display originality as I see it. I like Eric Coates (but not all - his extended pieces often seem too long to me) and Ronald Binge, and dear old Ernest Tomlinson has done sterling work (and is still doing it, I hear). It is just that so many of the pieces by lesser composers lack any real daring and sparkiness. Too many pieces this last weekend came across one after the other as smooth, unexciting both melodically and harmonically, and safe as a row of council houses. They did each other a disservice, I fear.
But to assuage the slight feeling of guilt I feel, I have just listened to Binge's The Watermill - a minor masterpiece and certainly well out of the ordinary. It soothes one's disturbed spirit.