Been thinking of this for a while, but B.com has been down, so here goes:
We are all reminded constantly of the special roles in music that JS Bach, WA Mozart, and Lv Beethoven have played, but how would we feel if announcers were constantly talking about Georg Muffat, the great Antonio Salieri, and all of those wonderful works by Johann Hummel? How would it mold our views? I do not listen to Classical music stations from non-anglophone countries, but those stations do promote more of "their own" than the domestic stations we are used to hearing. RNW Classical is known for promoting Dutch composers, Voice of Russia has huge archives of Mighty Hand of Five material, and the Hungarian web station, Radio Bartok, well figure them out! We hear a lot of, possibly a disproportionate amount of, British and American composers, maybe only exceeded by the Germans, as well as foreign composers who spent time in or retired in the US.
Before I embraced classical music, my two favorite pieces were Beethoven's 9'th and Tchaikovski's 1812, but now they somewhat bore me from abusive airplay. When I want to hear something long and meditative, I seek out Hv Bingen or, for something newer, a Mahler symphony.
What are your oppinions, especially from those who are familiar with composers less well known on this side of the oceans?
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