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Harris's 13th

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« on: March 15, 2013, 09:48:38 pm »

I've been trying to think of a symphonist of quality who composed anything that could be considered as awful as Harris's thirteenth,but while I can think of many cycles that have their ups and downs,I can't think of anyone who sunk as low?! Maybe Knipper,with his infamous Fourth? But that all depends on the quality of the rest of his output & let's face it 1) the soviets liked it,even if 'we' don't;and 2) the USSR was a dictatorship,so Knipper had to compose stuff like that,even if he was a little bit dodgy himself! (The more wholesome Khatchaturian,was obviously under even greater pressure!)  On the other hand,despite all the the brazen patriotism,the Americans haven't exactly taken Harris's thirteenth to their hearts,have they? Or even,any of the other symphonies,it appears. Yet,unlike soviet composers,he didn't have to write patriotic drivel like that! On the other hand,as you suggest,maybe Harris was just trying to convince his critics that he could come up with something different?! Of course,the superstitious,Harris initially numbered this one as his Fourteenth!!! Unfortunately,it was too late to start worrying about bad luck,by then!!! Grin Sad
By the way,I almost forgot,there is someone on the GMG forum who enjoys his tenth symphony!! (Not me,by the way!) So you can please somebody! Grin
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