Roll over, Beethoven...

The man that hath no music in himself,  Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils Recently Vox magazine published an article claiming that Beethoven's most famous work is a symbol of "exclusion and elitism."  The authors claim that "wealthy white men ... embraced Beethoven and turned his 5th symphony into a symbol of their superiority and importance."  They claim, "For others — women, LGBTQ+ people, people of color — Beethoven's symphony is predominantly a reminder of classical music's history of exclusion and elitism."  Apparently, Beethoven's symphony was transformed from a symbol of triumph and freedom into a symbol of "exclusion, elitism, and gatekeeping." Beethoven has been under attack for decades.  In 1995 professor Susan McClary of UCLA won a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" for...(Read Full Post)
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