This is the best credit I've spent in a long time. Rather than just providing technical details and historical context, Professor Greenberg explains exactly what another composer would be listening for in each of these works. The result is eye-opening, even for someone who regularly attends orchestral concerts.
If you've listened to Professor Greenberg's "30 Greatest Orchestral Works" in the same series, Concert Masterworks is deeper and more engaging in every way.
When things are nominated for Hugo awards, I expect them to be good fiction. This wasn't. It felt vaguely like a YA version of Starship Troopers, until it started including poorly written sex scenes and dumb-jock-style military dialog. Then I wasn't sure what it was. Would it have an ironic twist? Or perhaps some carefully constructed conceit that made it read better than a throwaway Star Trek novel from the early '80s? Nope. It was just dumb.
John Scalzi has written several sequels, so someone must be into this kind of thing. I'm going to go dig up some more early '80s Star Trek novels instead.
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