Originally published Monday, October 8, 2018 at 07:35p.m.

Classic for a reason


A joke. Right?

Referring to the column by Mr. Williams on classical music, I really thought it was a joke. But as I read it I realized he was serious.

As with all the other arts, plastic and performing, classical music has the ability to transcend one’s ordinary reality. Clearly Mr. Williams is not interested in doing this. Popular music and dance music are effective doing certain things, specifically entertaining and providing music for people to dance. As with a great playwright, a great composer such as the maligned Beethoven, has the ability to create a work of art that transcends the daily mundanity of life.

As I was reading, I wondered if Mr. Williams was equally dismissive of plays by Shakespeare and other great playwrights; equally dismissive of choreography of Martha Graham and other ballet masters; equally dismissive of great novelists- Dickens, Hemingway, Cather, et al. and equally unmoved by great painting and sculpture- Pieta, Last Supper, Sistine Chapel-and so on. Truly sad.

Harry Haff