Greg Mitchell on media, politics, film, music, satire, TV. "Not here, not here the darkness, in this twittering world." -- T.S. Eliot, "Four Quartets"
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I don't think the interview went particularly well. In fact, on occasion, the interview portion of the "Colbert Report" is the weakest part of the show because Stephen is in a sense "playing a part", so it can be difficult to know if he's asking questions he himself would ask or the "Stephen Colbert character" he plays. He seemed to be saying that Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is obsessive/compulsive and repetitve all the way through, when there is secondary material in the first movement itself, followed by a full stop before going to subsequent movements with even lyrical content. And no mention was made about the passage from C-minor to C-major (oldest trick in the book). Mr. Guerrieri commented that Beethoven's Fifth symphony was once part of the cultural heritage people once had to know. I believe that's gone now. I wouldn't be surprised if a cross-section of the populace nowadays would connect the name Beethoven to a St. Bernard movie dog!
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