If JS Bach’s cantatas are 10/10 for argument’s sake, is it worth listening to other cantatas by Handel, and/or Telemann?

A friend of mine was listening to Telemann’s solo violin music, to understand better what was so good about Bach’s solo violin music; I followed his lead. And you know, I like Telemann’s solo violin music. It’s not sublime, but I disagree with Jordan Henderson that every piece of music I ever listen to must be sublime.

As the Greek proverb goes: even a priest gets bored of too much Kyrie Eleison.

For the same reason, I made a point of reading Marlowe, to understand Shakespeare better. It’s context. And it’s pretty good in and of itself. It doesn’t have to be the best for it to be good and worthwhile. That’s zero-sum thinking.

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