Friday, October 07, 2005

No Lust for Theory

Ouch! Get it?

"The truth is that "yes!" Benjamin Britten was gay, yes perhaps he was tortured at times for it as I'm sure most other gay people are, yes he might have been a pacifist, yes yes yes. But the man wrote some of the greatest music of the 20th century, and deserves more attention to that than to his personal angels and demons, however much they can be seen lurking in his scores. Lay off of his personal life you alwaysassuming Cultural Studies department vultures and let his music speak for himself."

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And, on the the other hand, there is this thought:

""A composer's music should express the country of his birth, his love affairs, his religion, the books which have influenced him, the pictures he loves."
- Rachmaninov

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