Most Overrated Famous Classical Pieces

I think one of the reasons everyone thinks classical music is so boring is because any advocate for classical music is afraid to say there are pieces they don't like in fear that they will turn off non-listeners forever. I think we should talk about it.

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  1. Mozart Clarinet Concerto. As a clarinet player, I've heard this concerto approximately 754285 times. Ironically, the second movement of this concerto is what first sparked my interest in clarinet, but the rest of it is so tonal I fall asleep every time. I'm sure I would love it if I was born in the 1700s, but I wasn't. So here we are.
  2. Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture. Enough is enough.
  3. Schubert Erlkönig. Ahhhh no music theory, history, or survey class would be complete without this beauty. I don't hate it by any means, but I have studied it formally a total of 3 times. Trust me, that's a lot. Each subsequent time I studied it, the more I realized there really isn't much to this song. I get that, at the time, it was very innovative to write 4 characters into 1 part, but it just seems so obvious and transparent to me now, it's hard to appreciate it in it's full glory.
  4. Rimsky-Korsakov Flight of the Bumblebee. Again, not a piece I hate, but way too many of my high school friends aspired to play this just because it sounds fast and impressive. Fast and impressive only impresses me for a short time.
  5. Handel's Messiah. I attended a live performance of this in Symphony one snowy night in Boston, complete with standing up during the Hallelujah chorus and everything. I enjoyed that performance, but I have no desire to listen again. Handel, harpsichord, and hours classical singing are not my favorite things.
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Ashley Wright

Ashley has a breadth of experience in administration, music, and music management. She currently works as the Office Registrar at the Nashua Community Music School and manages the New England Chamber Players and Barbershop Ladies of Tallahassee (where she was a founding member). Ashley designed and implemented both the NECP and BLT websites, as well as designed the BLT logo. She was formerly an usher and stage crew member at the Florida State University Ruby Diamond Auditorium, and a resident assistant and office assistant at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.

Ashley has played with the Nevers’ Second Regiment Band, the Southern New Hampshire University Wind Symphony, and she attended the Belgian Clarinet Academy last summer. She recently graduated with a BA in Music from Florida State University as a clarinet major, where she studied with Dr. Deborah Bish. For other musical accomplishments: last year, Ashley composed a film score that was recorded by the Florida State University Philharmonia Orchestra and played tenor saxophone and sung backup vocals in the FSU Ruby Diamond Auditorium for the FSU Blues Band with Charles Atkins.

She received her first bachelor's degree in physics (with a music minor) from Boston University. She worked as an engineer for two years in Quality Assurance and Software before returning to school for her music degree, and she spent last summer as a software intern. She has a lot of experience developing independent Python tools, especially for data processing.