Thursday, August 19, 2010

I love the negative words that characterize so many reactions that young people have to specific figures in classical music: boring (Alberti bass); ploddy (the key of C);
nasty (double sharps); hateful (E#), and so on.

They are the gateway to understanding, as they all imply the questions, "Why?" and "What is really happening here?"--two of the best questions anyone can possibly ask.