I’m trying to reach the others, the ones who haven’t discovered their personal connection with classical (serious) music. Is it possible that my deliberate choice of the previous words might offend some people? Hopefully, because my point is; how can you question whether or not a higher power exists after one has experienced Beethoven, Brahms, Bartok or Shostokovich?
The purpose of music is to communicate emotion, in a non-verbal and therefore a more pure way. Mahler said one of his Ruckert Lieder should convey “the way one feels in the presence of a beloved being of whom one is completely sure without a single word needing to be spoken”. Maybe that’s too sappy for some, but if the concept of music expressing this detailed an emotion is new to you…LISTEN UP!! You have no idea what you are missing!