Does technical knowledge of music help or hinder a listener’s experience? Sir Donald weighs in:
I was once severely rebuked by a friend when I pointed out a specially beautiful example of “double counterpoint in the twelfth” in an orchestral work. My friend dryly said that there was no beauty in such a merely scholastic device.
My memory cannot testify whether I was too polite or merely lacking in the presence of mind to point out to him that there unquestionably was great beauty in this piece of double counterpoint in the twelfth and that it could have been attained by no other device. My friend’s prejudice against technical pedantries undoubtedly made him conscientiously blind to a real aesthetic values in this case.
What say ye?