Monday, June 09, 2008

File 1.95 pièce de résistance

As an apprenticeship in dissidence, a childhood sacrificed to classical music is hard to beat. Classical music is always acceptable to authority because it cannot overtly challenge power with subversive ideas or disturbing representations. Parents and states know they are on safe ground when their children or subjects are playing Mozart or Schubert – and enjoying it.
Nicholas Spice, "Up from the Cellar", London Review of Books, June 5, 2008


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