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When the bright angel dominates, out comes a great work of art, a Michelangelo David or a Beethoven symphony.
Frank Zappa... was Beethoven for insane rock guys.
I was a strange, loud little kid who could sit at the piano and kill a Beethoven piece.
If a professional musician in a symphony orchestra is playing Beethoven. But this particular orchestra have played this particular chestnut so many times, they can play it in their sleep. Does the genius remain present in the music or not?
It's clear on the one hand that an education enriches and informs a response to beauty, even makes it possible in esoteric cases. On the other hand, there's no question that someone with no musical education whatsoever might wander into a concert hall and be overwhelmed by the 'Beethoven Pastoral Symphony'.