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Greg K
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« on: August 18, 2012, 03:47:09 pm »

What escapes me a little about your statement, Greg, is why you think this music is not memorable. Quite on the contrary, it's highly memorable in my view. Each symphony contains passages and tunes which I could recall at any time by heart!

The why escapes me also, Holger, at least in any very articulable sense, else I might have tried to elaborate on it.
I fully acknowledge that for me to say "not distinctive or memorable" about most of Skulte's Symphonies without any explanation offers no insight and makes the measure of my sensibility at least suspicious.  To the extent I provoked your much more interesting descriptions, I'm happy for my comments to serve as a completely forgettable "set-up".

Just now as I write I'm listening again to Symphony No.9, - 33' in and the work is just about over.  A "farewell Symphony" you say, - "autumnul", "melancholic", and "retrospective".  I should be in my element here.
But it's not really happening so.  I can relate your words somewhat to the passing sounds at times, and the overall mood I feel some resonance with.  However the themes I just don't find compelling, - not "memorable" as I say,
nor does the piece as whole hang together for me, - it is just a "succession" but not a "coherence".  There are fragments that engage me momentarily, even a few sustained passages I hear some  "call" from.  But overall, - and the piece has now finished - I'm rather indifferent to it.  It's a miss.  I can't say any more.

No.4 is a different story, and I do love Skulte for that one, - though the "Youth" motif mostly escapes me, and I can't at all say "sparkling lightness" is the impression that carries the day with me.  If "youth" means anything for me here I would understand it more as "youth in restrospect" inasmuch as I hear a certain "wistfulness" and reminescence at least parrellel to the qualities you depict.  Maris will decide Smiley.
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