Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Bernstein's Mass - not a dishonest piece
The longevity of Overgrown Path articles is amazing. The thoughtful comment below from Movie was added yesterday to my July 2005 article Critical Mass. There have been seventeen comments on the post to date, including this one:
Bernstein's Mass was, back when the album came out, one of my favorite pieces. It has a huge emotional impact, particularly when staged well. Because of its "post-modern" aesthetic (was the term "post-modern" used back then?), the piece certainly IS very eclectic. And yes, there is much sentimentality. But then, wasn't Bernstein himself sentimental? It's not a dishonest piece and I think it still works today. Because it drew from pop rock styles of the times, parts of it DO sound dated today but that doesn't mean the pop rock music of today is any kind of improvement — just different.
My header photo is from another of my Bernstein articles, this time about a not dishonest, but scantily clad Lenny.
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