I feel so … dirty

Richard Wattenbarger

Okay, I know it's just me (or is it?), but I can't seem to listen to the Rachmaninoff Second and Third Piano Concertos without feeling as if I've witnessed a crass act of exhibitionism.  In fact, I really don't care for Rachmaninoff at all.  Yes, there was a time (in my early twenties) when I found a number of pieces quite attractive, especially the aforementioned Third Piano Concerto, the Paganini Rhapsody, the Second and Third Symphonies, and the Symphonic Dances. And when I was ten or eleven, I was crazy about the Paganini Rhapsody; I even carried the score around with me all the time, poring over it during class instead of doing my math or reading or whatever.

I can't say that my distaste for Rachmaninoff bothers me, but I'm a bit embarrassed to admit it.  About this, more anon.

About Phil Ford

Chairman of the Committee for the Memorial to the Victims of Modernism
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