Dave Lampson wrote:
>Here's the most famous quote from the [Susan McClary's] 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..."
Some listers had very furious reactions about this paragraph, but it's
just an example of bad rethorics. I find Miss Mc Clary's statement
comprehensible: music has a wonderful power of suggestion, and sometimes
it takes the shape of our own fantasies...
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[Exactly. This "analysis" tells us far more about McClary's fantisies than
it does about the music or its relationship to gender issues. -Dave]