<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Glenn Gould:<BR><B><BR>Your entire argument is flawed in that, beauty and perfection are both a matter of opinion when it comes to music.<BR></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR>GG,<BR>Assuming your presuppositions my argument is flawed. It's not so flawed considering my presuppositions, namely, and to wit, that there is an absolute standard both for beauty and perfection that can be applied to anything, be it music, art, science, or morality. Now, do not get the idea that I reject the concept of differing tastes. Certainly there are different aspects of beauty and perfection that appeal to different people. Nevertheless, the absolute nature of these ideals remains. Let me also add my definition of a perfectionist: not one who is perfect, but one who knows that he is not perfect, yet strives towards that which he knows to be an impossible goal. <P>Nicole, <BR>How does a double bass sound muffled by a dress? You must be fascinated by the absurd? Or just novelty? If it sounds good, I am all for it. If not that composer can just take it home with him and use it for whatever he sees fit. <P>Audiogirl,<BR>Yes, I have heard many things that I would consider to be beautiful outside the Classical genre. As an example, have you heard the adds for Kathy Haggerty's new disc on beethoven.com? I heard the clips and liked them. I've heard C&W songs that are somewhat beautiful. I've heard Jazz that's beautiful. I've heard contemporary music that is beautiful, for example many of the film scores on "Film at Eleven." Was it you that said something about the 'Titanic' score? I liked that although I doubt I would have liked the movie, had I seen it. I've heard some nice Bluegrass. I like much of Celtic music. The pipes send me into a surrealistic state which is hard to describe. I also like 'Stairway to Heaven' by Led Zeppelin, when its played by the LSO. Led Zeppelin themselves fell a little short in the instrumentation and vocals, in my opinion.
<BR>I suspect you refer to a statement I made along the lines of "give me Classical or give me death?" Yes, overall I prefer Classical music as having the greatest concentration of music that I find beautiful. <P><BR> -- EJA<p>[This message has been edited by EJA (edited 04-03-2001).]