May 13, 2015
As a person who can often go to inappropriate lengths to annoy those around me with the Goldberg Variations, I couldn’t agree more with this piece (except maybe for the Deep Purple and King Crimson bit).
We don’t talk about music enough. As someone who’s never felt he’s had the technical language at his fingertips, I feel all I can do is talk about it in whatever English I have at my command. I want to emote about how I feel. After a concert, I want to grab people by the lapels and tell them how lucky we are as a species that, out of all the hundreds of billions of us who ever lived, one of us managed to come up with the Goldberg Variations. But I don’t, because that’s not the done thing. So instead I mention that the cafe downstairs does some fabulous chocolate éclairs.
Armando Iannuci — Classical music, the love of my life