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osOpinion: What Do Linux and Classical Music Have in Common?

Aug 14, 2000, 12:25 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Russell Miller)

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"I am a Linux developer and administrator. I've had five years experience in the fields and remember when Linux was at 0.99 and everyone was happy. I am also a classical musician, having spent several years at music school to learn to be a classical pianist. This is a strange confluence of skills that has nevertheless allowed me to see what is a rather destructive tendency in both communities."

"When you think of classical music, what do you think of? Well, when it came to my mind, before I started my training, I thought of middle aged guys and snooty women sitting inside an opera house listening to music that no one else understood. Because of this, I avoided it, even though I really liked the music."

"Then I started training to be a classical pianist, and I realized that there is an atmosphere of snobbishness that goes hand in hand with classical music. Most classical musicians that I've met think that their music is the best and only, and that somehow their appreciation of it makes them better than the unwashed masses who like artists like Britney Spears or some such. They are comfortable in their superiority, and while they like to welcome new people into the fold, they do absolutely nothing to make it easier for the general public to understand and appreciate. They believe that it is not *for* the unwashed masses and that it makes the artists special to have the specialized knowledge that they do."

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