The more convinced I’m becoming that a large proportion of the audience for classical music are barking mad – at least to judge from this discussion board. And so I was wondering whether there is a link between the consumers of classical music and insanity.
Consider the evidence: we have just had Brodsky (under one of his many noms de plume) suggesting that allowing people to clap between movements of a symphony is a sign of the impending self-destruction of western civilisation, dominated as it is with ‘drugged-up criminal chavs’, egged on by the mindless liberals at the BBC.
He has posted many other statements in a similar vein and, although we can acknowledge an element of self-parody here, it seems not unreasonable to suggest he actually believes in the general tenor of what he says – that anyone who fails to recognise the greatness of Beethoven and Mozart is little more than sub-human detritus who deserves nothing but contempt. Indeed, his main purpose in posting at all appears to be to urge others to show the same contempt as he does to anyone with the temerity not to share his own taste in music.
And then we have Parla who seems to have little to do with his life other than to hijack and dominate every topic on this board until everyone else gets so frustrated that they disappear for ever.
I might have dreamt this, but I seem to recall him making a statement to the effect that Beethoven’s 9th is great (as an objective fact) because Beethoven thought it was great when he wrote it. But I certainly do remember well his oft-repeated insistence that classical music is superior to all other genres because it uniquely has a written score. I also rather relish his statement that there is an affinity between Mozart’s symphony 40 and Don Giovanni because they are both in G minor – and he wasn’t fazed when he was told that Don Giovanni was actually in D minor.
And who could forget his refusal to admit that his professed knowledge of all things classical was less than absolute when it was demonstrated that he had simply cut and pasted text from Wikipedia and tried to pass it off as his own considered thoughts. Mad clearly.
But the strangest thing about Parla, for all his claims that he listens for hours and hours everyday to music and has a full work and family life to occupy him, he has managed to post over 1,200 messages in less than a year. When does he find the time to fit that in?
So I hope our insane colleagues won’t mind a message from the sane: the fact that you like classical music does not make you superior, more sophisticated or more intelligent (obviously) than those who do not. So for all your dismissals of other people on the grounds you are better than them, I think you’ll find that in the hierarchy of common sense it is the bigots, charlatans and fools like you who are at the bottom of the heap.