Some Fun: in which we discover Beethoven was a hipster

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The Awfulness of Classical Music Explained: in which Richard Dare gives his thoughts on why art music has lost its audience

I don’t know that I can whole-heartedly agree with each of this author’s opinions, but he makes some very solid points, particularly when he says:

And I don’t think it honors the art form [art music] for us to maintain such a cadaverous body of rules.

Being one who appreciates decorum, I find there are times when clapping is absolutely inappropriate. But with a sensitive audience, the music should communicate what response is appropriate and what is not. (HT: John Gardner)

Richard Dare: The Awfulness of Classical Music Explained.