Philip Posted April 9, 2011 Share Posted April 9, 2011 In an attempt to spark off some debate... I wonder how many of us find there are pieces or even composers which/whom we can't seem to understand or enjoy at all until there is a sudden moment where things click into place and it all makes sense. For example, some while ago I wrote on this board something (which I think sounds a bit silly now) about how all Howells music sounds the same. The Gloucester Service previously did absolutely nothing for me (as compared to the St Paul's which I found had instant appeal) but I heard it live again towards the end of last year and I found for some reason that I loved it and now think its absolutely marvellous. I think perhaps of Howells writing for the Cathedral which was his home, the one he loved, and something of that seems to come through in the music. Yet there are still Howells pieces that I can't work out - 'Like as the hart' seems to be among his most popular but I've still to find inspiration from it. I love the Collegium Regale Te Deum which is superb but the Jubilate does nothing for me. Regardless, I seem to be turning into something of a Howells fan! I'm trying to think of parallels in the world of organ music, but personally I can't right now. Doubtless there are works that have instant appeal but others that probably reward more repeated listening. So, what music (choral or organ) do contributors find they have similar experiences with of things suddenly clicking into place, and is there a rationale behind why this happens? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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