"Great" orchestral works in the day, were intended to be
as disposable as last weeks news.
Yes... and the same also applies to various other types
of music. I heard that a patron of J.S. Bach, for
example, insisted on a new chorale every week. It seems
the desire for novelty has been a factor for a long time.
I lumped everything with an orchestra into "orchestral".
I guess opera needs stage direction also, but to my limited
exposure it's the same boat.
Now that you mention it, works of a choir
would also apply to the "pop" category of yore. B-]
To this day, folks in the entertainment business say "you're
only as good as your last [gig]". But once in awhile a song
which has dropped off the Top Ten list will eventually
resurface as a Golden Oldie or whatever. I had a Beatles
poster in my band classroom after the initial excitement
had subsided, and was often asked "Who are the Beatles?"
They did it their way! <L>
A cautionary note... I take it chorales were not intended to be sung
only by a choir. Martin Luther evidently had the idea that the congregation AH>the church should be allowed to sing along. Good pedagogical strategy....
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