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Comments about the soundtrack for Othello (Ballet) (Elliot Goldenthal)

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Re: Who authorized this idiot Filmtracks reviewer? ... I did.
• Posted by: Pedestrian Wolf   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Thursday, July 31, 2003, at 11:16 a.m.
• IP Address: cache-ntc-aa03.proxy.aol.com
• In Response to: Re: Who authorized this idiot Filmtracks revie... (Christian Clemmensen)

. And yet, the more I review these scores --regardless of the
> respect I show them in the review (apart from my personal opinion)-- you
> Goldenthal fans have turned out to be just as moronic, fanatical, and
> ridiculous as the Zimmerites.

> How can this be?

> Christian

While I will make no defense on the way other fans have expressed their oppinions, I think part of the reason these reviews keep getting such a huge backlash is that you generally don't show the scores due respect. You make the occasional concession to their complexity, but then go off on how they're "unlistenable" because dissonance isn't your cup of tea, or because the wide range of styles turns you off. Which is fine, but there are more diplomatic ways of asserting criticism. When you imply that the composer somehow failed because you personally don't care for his technique, it's easy to see why so many fans get upset. Because the message you send, whether intentionally or not, is not "I don't care for this," it's "This is poorly composed." And when you send that message when dealing with a composer of such hugely musical complex works that are revered by even the classical community, then you're walking on very very thin ice.

Paul Cote




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