crazyrach97 wrote:I'm really kind of flattened by how acrimonious this got. The whole thrust of my initial post was: I'm listening to Beethoven and not quite seeing what all the fuss is about. What do you guys see in him? Figured it would engender some friendly discussion.
If you think about it, it’s not surprising. Many musicians will tell you that, more than any other composer, it was Beethoven that steered them into a life of music. Each of these musicians can tell the story of a Beethoven piece that rocked them to their core. (I know—I’m one of them.) So when someone steps forward and says “what’s all the fuss about Beethoven,” more than a few will respond with something less than equanimity. Please don’t take it personally. Once we breathe into a bag and stop hyperventilating, most of us can settle into a rational discussion.
crazyrach97 wrote:I'm getting everything from people implying that if I don't like Beethoven I clearly don't know how to listen to music to people saying that Beethoven is overrated and only popular because of establishment values. I doubt either of those statements is true.
You’re correct that both statements are false. But if we amend your first statement thus—“if I don’t like Beethoven, then I clearly don’t know how to listen to Beethoven”—that may well be true.
What to do about it is entirely up to you.
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