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Art/Literary - Music / Classical Music
|Japanese term or phrase: Dead Composers|
|This is part of a script scenario in which dead composers are miraculously brought to a present day orchestral concert. In this scene Johannes Brahms and Beethoven are interacting. Brahms storms out of the concert hall upon hearing that a Richard Wagner overture is going to be played. Before leaving he briefly mentions that he fears Wagner too will appear in the hall. (In real life Brahms and Wagner were rivals of sorts.) |
Beethoven is left speculating why Brahms has stormed out. Beethoven's speech omits some key words and I can't get the exact meaning of his lines. Beethoven has mentioned before how much he appreciates the chance to hear "future music" that was composed after his own death. (Brahms and Wagner both worked after Beethoven's death.)
|Local time: 07:35|
|English translation:halting speech|
I'm not so sure that anything is missing other than something such as "I say!" or "It's beyond me". Is Beethoven speaking in a hushed voice to avoid disturbing others in the audience?
Asahi Press's "Japanese-English Sentence Equivalents" lists the following under 折角 (sekkaku):
折角のチャンスだから (sekkaku no chansu dakara)...
I have no idea when another opportunity like this will come up again, so...
My rendition of the text would be:
Even if it is the work of a composer he so hates ... nevertheless ... to not even try listening ... when who knows when we'll be able to hear music of the future again ...
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I think you're not far off. We're dealing with sentence fragments here, and it's a question of filling in the blanks. From your attempt, I'm not really sure what your question is.
"So when it comes to works by a composer he hates, he ... (just leaves) But, if he doesn't even bother to listen (how can he know he won't like it? How can he pass up this chance?) I mean, we're being given the opportunity to hear the music of the future!"
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What an interesting script!
In my rendition, omitted parts will be something like:
(Wanger's composition may be awful), considering that Brahms hates his music that much. Howver, I will not be able to judge whether or not his music is really bad, (unless I listen to his music). I don't want to miss a rare opportunity to hear the music of the future.
In the history of classical music, both Brahms and Wagner are composers of the Romantic Period (whereas Beethoven belongs to the Classical Period). However, their music makings are completely different. Brahms used the similar instrumentation to Beethoven's: pair of wood wind instruments, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones (though Beethoven used trombones in his 6th and 9th symphonies only) plus strings. The only only difference is the use of a tuba. On the other hand, Wagner used more force in the brass section: he used Wagner tubas and doubled the number of horns and wood wind instruments in some of his music. Also, he composed a lot of operas, which Brahms never composed. So, Beethoven wanted to hear Wagner's music since it was new in style and used a larger instrumentation than his.
Note added at 2004-06-30 21:16:29 (GMT)
For the relationship between Brahms and Wagner (in Japanese):
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