Colby Cosh: Roll over Beethoven, you exclusionary elitist


The digital newspaper Vox has created a stir this week with a podcast claiming that Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is, for some reason, a particular “symbol of exclusion, elitism, and gatekeeping.” It’s not super clear why Vox singled out the Fifth for abuse, and my conscience is frantically reminding me that I am not to provide sustenance to trolls and nitwits who aren’t me, but this is certainly intriguing. Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding suggest that “women, LGBTQ+ people, [and] people of colour” may resent Beethoven, but they conflate two arguments to produce this conclusion. Read More
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Source:: Nationalpost


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