Mark Gritter (markgritter) wrote,
Mark Gritter

Bad Analogy Night at the Orchestra

From the program notes for the Mozart symphonies we heard tonight:

No less impressive is their diversity, and the clarity with which, in three quite different directions, they define the possibilities of Mozart's art. Eric Blom puts it thus: "It is as though the same man had written Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Racine's Phedre, and Goethe's Iphigenie within whatever period may be equivalent for the rapid execution of three plays as compared to three symphonies." -- Michael Steinberg

No, Mr. Blom, it's not like that at all, and please research your analogies beforehand. "It's as if he ran a hundred-yard dash in however would be very fast for that particular race!"

Mozart was the Shakespeare of music; and as long as the immortal bard is read, Mozart will live in the admiration of mankind. He has reached the passions through the ear as Shakespeare did through the mind... -- New-York Mirror, 1830

I'm pretty sure Shakespeare also reached the passions through the ear (and sight!) Perhaps my education is lacking.

Metaphors. I hear they're really bad for you.
Tags: metaphor, music, rant
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