Deryk Barker wrote concerning the McClary book:
>I don't feel that it was any kind of tribute to Beethoven, more that
>she was trying to deny his greatness.
I'm aware of that - I am not dense (at least not yet). But, her intent to
take Beethoven down a few notches does not interest me. What does interest
me is the apparent fact that McClary formed very strong images from the
music. Therefore, the music had great impact on her. Beethoven should be
one of her favorite composers.
Although, as Deryk stated, 'Rape' is a loaded word, I see nothing wrong
with a listener getting an image of rape from music. I have had that type
of image from Bach, Beethoven, and a few others. It bears no relationship
to any Bach or Beethoven traits nor any Satz traits (in the real world).
Music has the capacity to cover all human activities and thoughts;
unfortunately, the act of rape (which is strongly an act of violence)
is one of the activities.
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