(This post title may not make any actual sense and it’s not even true, but I couldn’t resist the Twilight Zone reference.)
Well? Are we all snobs?
We cry about the sad state of classical music today — the lack of young people, the poorly attended concerts, the prevalence of pop on the speakers wherever we go. But… is there a bad little part of us that enjoys it?
A part of us that says, you are one of the few that knows and loves classical music, and you are special. You care about Art. You have unusual, sophisticated taste, and you can live in a musical world most can’t access. You know more than just Beethoven’s Fifth, and not just a bit more, a lot more. You’re a fan of big important composers and big important pieces that are secret from the rest of the world, and you don’t just recognize them the moment they hit your ears; you can analyze them for meaning and musicality. You love classical music, you understand classical music, it takes you places others can never go — and that makes you a member of a very exclusive club.
Do you have that little part of you? Because I do.