Culture of Art and Criticism

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“In Germany, those who can do nothing else - the author; Those who can't even write - criticize.”

Karl Ludwig Borne

Bach, who has just celebrated his 52nd birthday, cannot believe his eyes when he picks up a music magazine published in 1737!
In the article by Johann Adolph Scheibe, there are some recommendations for the great composer "who has won the admiration of all nations":

1. Being easier to understand
2. Avoiding exaggerated and complicated styles that would spoil the nature of his works
3. It would be pointless to think that Bach did not overshadow the elegance of the works by taking his art to the extremes, but it would be pointless to think that the place that hurts the most is the line that is mentioned with the adjective 'Musicanten' (a music practitioner)!

Don't worry, Johann Abraham Birnbaum, Professor at the University of Leipzig, was the first person to write the answer to this article. The year is 1799. The engraving 'Composer's Sun' by Augustus FC Kollman is published in the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung. In the center is Bach's name.

In June of the same year, a critic wrote: “Mr. Beethoven can be good at improvisation, but he does not know how to compose variations.” The year is 1837. Liszt and Thalberg's 'best pianist' fight, Princess Belgiojoso's mansion. Berlioz's article on 'future pianist' for his friend Liszt was published in Gazette Musicale. Things got mixed up when Liszt's 'Thalberg' by his lover, Marie d'Agoult, was published in the Revue Musicale on January 8, 1837. prof. Fetis' response to Liszt was quick: "You are not the creator of a new system, that is Thalberg." The impossibility of correct criticism and the thousands of dissenting inner voices inherent in human nature – who does not agree with Hegel? Let's not forget Liszt's evil plan and the despair of the Paris audience!


The concert schedule on February 4, 1837 is changed without informing the guests! In the concert where Beethoven and then Pixis Trios will be performed, Pixis was brought forward and Beethoven was shifted to the second half. The audience, who listened to the first performance with the perception of 'Beethoven', applauded wildly, and in the second half, Pixis gave a faint reaction to Beethoven, which they thought was 'Beethoven'. What makes this story dramatic is not the ignorance of the people (even if they are from Paris), but the failure of the music newspapers and critics of the period to be aware of the situation and the absence of a single line article in the Paris media!

Which reviewers are you reading? Which author's classical music concert reviews do you like the most? The desperation of the industry is obvious. While being able to educate yourself is a great success, providing quality content is a respectable level. Attracting attention with the lion montage above, giving summary information without going into boring details, staying in the right resources while doing this! You have to comply with the requirements of the digital age. A group is trying to achieve this with 'fictional content' – we're against it! Content should consist of only 'real' information. It is the author's burden to spend your nights to reach the essence, to present it in comparison with his contemporaries, and to make the readers who have no knowledge and interest read it down to the last line.

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