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Re: Beethoven
April 03, 2008, 06:33:58 PM

If we're truly going to trace musical traditions back to their origins, then this does make sense. When I think about how alien Chinese classical music sounds (John Cage wished he had something novel and profound to communicate), I see merit in this; let's just be sure to keep this notion divorced from special treatment of 17th-19th century Western musical tradition, or from claims that some ethos is in dire need of being 'kept in the family.'

I see no need to 'keep it in the family,' other viewpoints can only illuminate, not obscure.  Just recognize that people outside the family will never understand the inner workings as well as those in the family.  

Seriously, is there anyone here who would rather hear Myung-Whun Chung conduct Beethoven or Bruckner than Furtwängler or Karajan?

Going once...

Going twice...

SOLD! to the crickets chirping in the corner.

In what way? Is this going to lead to a diatribe about Rachmaninov's hands?

Beethoven's brain...