At the outset, I have no idea why.
But I’ll tell you this: the music makes me feel sophisticated and smart. It has a sweet, almost melancholy feel to it.
And something more than that, as I’ll mention shortly.
As I listen to this CD, I see that it’s a collection of very short passages of music, the very definition of “snippet.”
One track (#13) is only nine seconds long.
Yes, I wrote nine seconds.
This hodgepodge of short works that have survived down through the centuries are like appendices in books – supplemental material at the end. Hence the name of today’s CD.
Listening to these selections is a haunting experience.
I feel like I’m peeking inside Haydn’s head, hearing little bursts of his thoughts, stray notes like birds on a wire, random, purposeless. Mere ideas, quite unfinished – like a conversation that begins and trails off.
Tracks 30-42, especially, are absolutely engrossing. The echo/reverb on the instrument playing each piece – which ends a few seconds after it begins – gives these tiny passages of music a dream-like quality.
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