Sexual crimes and classical music: a FAZ chronology

The respected Frankfurt newspaper has published a long article today on the recent misdemeanours and allegations concerning the violinists Stefan Arzeberger and David Garrett, the Salzburg rector and pianist Siegfried Mauser and others less well known.

The Berlin-based author, Johanna Adorjan, takes the view that predatory sexual behaviour by male classical musicians is not aberrant. Rather, it is generic to the art form.

You may read her challenging article here (regrettably, nur auf Deutsch).

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  • Stefan Arzberger’s crime (regardless of whether or not he’s actually criminally culpable for it) was not a sex crime. Yes, he happened to be naked when he did it, but he didn’t try to have sex with the poor woman, he tried to choke her.

  • It’s just trash. Listing several of the craziest examples of this and making an assumption about the art-form.

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