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Roll Over Beethoven—Your Music Is Racist

by Glenn R. Geist

“Canceling Beethoven is the latest woke madness for the classical-music world”writes Jonathan Tobin in the NY Post.

Roll over Beethoven!

After all, he was white and male and thus his music must represent European male values and exclusively so. Chinese females will now cease to listen to Chopin or play Schubert on the piano.  That’s right, music theory itself is racist and we must fight it with racism.

Incongruously, it’s been suggested that Chinese orchestra members are over-represented and should be replaced along with white males of course.  What? No, it’s not fascism or racism or bigotry when we do it. The end justifies the means, white boy, and the purpose of music is diversity, not the unifying force, the universal language it always has been.

That goes double for the last, powerful movement of the 9th symphony which we’re told represents the emotions of a frustrated rapist.

Let’s stop playing European Classical music. It’s racist. Article after article is appearing, arguing that Western music is racist, and by that logic, so must be the architecture and the technology and everything else. Let’s have a great big bonfire of the vanities and burn it all. Do these “historians” even remember Savonarola?  

“But these are the days of advance, the works of the men of mind…”

…said, Tennyson.  The works of men and so we must cancel it, ban it erase it and destroy it because the past is evil and the past is about white men and slavery. The Roman forum? Built by slaves and it’s gotta go, but we can keep the Pyramids – they weren’t.

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14 Responses to Roll Over Beethoven—Your Music Is Racist

  1. Michael John Scott Reply

    September 21, 2020 at 11:14 am

    I swear, were I a younger man, I would leave the USA. This is just crazy and it doesn’t appear there’s an end in sight. I listen to Beethoven every week at least. He and Wagner, polar opposites, are my favorites. Of course a ban on Wagner is probably coming, you know, Hitler and all that.

    • jess Reply

      September 22, 2020 at 3:28 am

      I have my pitchfork ready. To war it is 😉 But but first some motivational music. This my guy’s ringtone when I call him. Do not know why he chose it at all since I cannot fly unless I am high af and only think I can fly.

  2. Holte Ender Reply

    September 21, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    I might not take anything published in the New York Post too seriously, after all it’s one of Rupert Murdoch’s print versions of Fox News.

    Half truths, selected quotes anything to stir the pot and keep the waters muddy.

    • Call Me Steve Reply

      September 21, 2020 at 12:31 pm

      I think Glenn may be writing this tongue-in-cheek with an eye to what could happen, and no one would blink an eye, because you know, the Chinese.

  3. Holte Ender Reply

    September 21, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    Thanks for letting me know what you think Glenn was thinking when he wrote it Call Me Steve.

    • Call Me Steve Reply

      September 22, 2020 at 2:42 pm

      No need to be sarcastic. If you will read my little comment you will see I said “I think Glenn may be…”. If you took that to mean I am somehow anticipating or projecting your very thoughts do accept my apology.

  4. jess Reply

    September 22, 2020 at 3:12 am

    Oh no they did not. I’ll cut a bitch over this one ;). I know I have said this here before, his Moonlight sonata is one of the pieces of music I love to sit and play. It has everything and I have all the feels when I play this. I am not sanding for this bullshit at all. People are fucking stupid.

    • Bill Formby Reply

      September 22, 2020 at 4:03 pm

      I am with you on this Jess, not the playing, but I love to listen to this. A big part of the beauty of this composition is its simplicity. By the way, is that you playing?

      • jess Reply

        September 22, 2020 at 9:51 pm

        No not me. Lot of people love this even if they cannot name it. Same thing with Pachelbel canon. They use that one a lot for weddings. I have played that for so many of my friend’s weddings. My guy plays the cello and he plays that also.

    • Michael John Scott Reply

      September 23, 2020 at 1:46 pm

      One of my favorites! I would have said ‘faves’ but that would be like I was acting like a 15 year old girl person 🙂

      • jess Reply

        September 23, 2020 at 6:49 pm

        Oh believe me, Oct 8th is when I am going to start like a teenager. It’s the last few episodes of Supernatural and I expect there will be tears galore. My best friend told me, after he made fun of me, he’ll bring tissues and alcohol. I just told him dude, get to know me already I have that stuff all fixed up 🙂

  5. Glenn Geist Reply

    September 23, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    The Pachelbel thing wasn’t well known until the movie. I have literally hundreds of CDs and LPs of classical and baroque music. I was raised on it and this entire premise that it derives from European culture and must therefore be racist can only come from Putin. The music professions I know think it’s nonsense, but it’s just the sort of thing that’s designed to promote discord and self- loathing. By Beethoven’s time it was not only for the aristocracy anyway but you might as well say the same thing about art and architecture and civil engineering. This is just hate mongering and noting more.

    • jess Reply

      September 23, 2020 at 6:53 pm

      What movie Glenn?? I was raised playing piano after the ‘rents got me and figured I needed something to keep my brain occupied instead of wallowing like the foster kid I had been. Guess it was some psych doc or another told them to share their likes. Mom played piano, so I played piano because I would be close to her.Dad was not musical at all unless you call a bong musical 😉

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