Mike Schilling

Mike has been a software engineer far longer than he would like to admit. He has strong opinions on baseball, software, science fiction, comedy, contract bridge, and European history, any of which he's willing to share with almost no prompting whatsoever.

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  1. Burt Likko says:

    You can really hear the loss of dynamic power as the musicians walk off — it goes to show just how much the multiplicity of instruments adds to an orchestra.

    Haydn really ought to get more press; sandwiched as he is between Mozart and Beethoven, it’s not hard to understand how he might be overshadowed, but it’s good to know that he wouldn’t have taken it personally. (I’m also given to understand that Peter Shaffer’s marvelous play notwithstanding, Mozart and Salieri were actually great admirers and supporters of one another, and had no little animosity or jealousy. Beethoven, on the other hand, I’m told was kind of a sonofabitch.)Report

    • Mike Schilling in reply to Burt Likko says:

      Beethoven was touchy. Haydn told him that one of his early pieces sounded “wrong” (which it didn’t, really, it was just Beethoven being original in a way Haydn didn’t understand), at which point Beethoven stormed off and thereafter made a point of telling people that he had never learned anything from Haydn. But they eventually made up.Report