Norman Reppingen wrote:
>>What you say reminds me about why Beethovens 9th is said to illustrate a
>I would be curious which person writes such a screaming bullshit. He
>obviously knows nothing about Beethoven.
It's a woman and I give thanks every day that I don't remember her name.
She is, unfortunately considered worthy of recognition in some circles
and I have been told she was awarded a MacArthur "Genius" grant.
[Susan McClary's "Feminine Endings" is the book in question. You can
read more about it at:
The first is a fairly objective article by Jeff Schwartz that
discusses McClary's ideas somewhat positively. The second is an
article from a jazz newsletter by Gene Lees discussing McClary and the
politicization of the MacArthur Foundation grants. There were a number
of good critical essays on the web, but I don't seemt o be able to find
them at the moment. Perhaps either the topic has ceased to generate
interest, or, optimisticly, people have come to the conclusion that
the empress has no brains. Here's the most famous quote from the book
concerning Beethoven's Symphony #9:
"The point of recapitulation in the first movement of the Ninth is
one of the most horrifying moments in music....which finally explodes
in the throttling, murderous rage of a rapist..."