Adrian Allan wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:56 pm
Why "pretentious"? I can understand not liking something-- this composition isn't really my thing, either-- but why pretentious?
The definition of pretentious is
"attempting to impress by affecting greater importance or merit than is actually possessed"
The explanation by Fabio Zanon is full of effusive praise for a piece that offers melody, poetry, drama and whatever else he finds to mention in this wonderful piece of music. However, to my uneducated ears (having played the guitar for 35 years), and countless others, it all pretty random sounding noise and special effects.
If I messed around on the guitar for 13 minutes in a fairly random manner and then took the time to write it down - the result would be identical; or should I say, identically boring and unmusical.
So, following the dictionary to the letter, he has given the music a greater merit and importance than it really deserves.
By that rather narrow definition, regardless of its source, anyone who makes a serious attempt at creating a work of art (and this is usually done with the intent of impressing) but who falls short would be deemed "pretentious". And the question of whether or not it has greater importance or merit than it actually possesses is entirely subjective. As I say, this piece of music doesn't appeal to me; but some people have already commented positively, demonstrating that the "pretentious" label is problematic.