I personally find that attitude obnoxious, Beethoven music is of the highest quality but it is still just music. Music lack of crucial importance to our lives is what makes it enjoyable and paradoxically important and I much prefer the classical era attitude of music as not to be taken seriously but is entertaining and emotionally uplifting. Music would not be my favourite hobby if it was of crucial importance in my survival, then it would be a job/housework not a passion. Also If Beethoven music doesnít get your body moving, heart pumping or head banging than I donít get how you perceive his music considering how rhythm propulsive his music is. So the whole sit still in reverence is antithetical to getting his music
However keep in mind this is elitism it of a different variety. It is not upper class is better than lower class. Rather it is artist class or merit class is better than aristocracy. The elevation of artist or skill over people who have status purely due to birthright. This is where this article gets things fundamentally wrong.
Beethoven believe that a talented artist is better and more skilful and more valuable to society than the aristocracy. What he achieve is by skill and merit, what the aristocracy achieve is by birthrifght. This is why the audience/aristocracy had to bow down to him not the other way around.
So as much as I dislike what Beethoven done in changing audience etiquette. Iím far more forgiving regarding this. It was a rebellion against the upper class and classism not a statement of classist like the article suggest.
This is fundamentally diffeeent to a rock star disrespecting their working class audience or believing they are above the plebs. This is servant refusing to bow down to their masters.
Regarding racism, I get tired of people complaining about lack of representation for western tradition. Itís like complaining lack of representation and ethnic diversity in Vietnamese opera. Itís great that classical music is so wonderful that it transcend cultural boundaries that other cultures want to join in but donít try to denigrate it simply for being of western heritage. It almost borderline racism in my opinion for people to complain it to be white
Regarding lack of modern composers being played instead of just playing the classics
I agree that we need new music for the genre to survive but the fault lies 100% with the modern composers. You donít break down traditional tonality and then start complaining about lack of popularity when audience find no connection to their musical heritage or popular culture.
Write in a popular style if you want to be popular like any other artist. For classical artist who thinks they are somehow should be exempt by market forces is infuritatinG. A new Classical piece often gets performed once during a season and then never played again with no guarantees of recording being made for people to relisren to the work.
Instead of complaining about that and state your work is great but needs to be listen many timea and requires people to academically study the score for people to get the work. Composers should write towards the limitation so that the work is immediate accessible in a single listen. Iím sorry this is the card you are dealt with and you have to adapt with this instead of pretending this limitation doesnít exist. You only get one shot To impress the audience And that should be kept in mind when composing work