Barenboim shows how one Beethoven phrase can be both funny and tragic
October 30, 2016 by norman lebrecht
His latest mini-lecture addresses conflicting perceptions in Beethoven’s opus 10/3.
Barenboim argues that these two irreconcilable views encapsulate the futility of ascribing meaning to a piece of music. But if music has no meaning except sound why would it occupy the human mind?
Surely music must mean more than the notes on the page?
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