blackjack21 wrote:Tchaikovsky[/code] was a master of form. Beethoven was excellent. As for symphonies, I give it to Gustav Mahler. For creativity, it's hard to beat Igor Stravinsky. Stravinsky even influenced much of American jazz greats like Charlie Parker and Miles Davis.
Like many others that are not classical music experts I tend to prefer the abilities of Tchaikovsky to write a great melody. Writing a memorable melody is not easy. IN that regards Lennon-McCartney were great. Chopin is another great writer of melody and amazingly romantic. Mozart could also write a tune, but he was enslaved to the constraints of the classical era which can be quite repetitive. Beethoven is less classical and hence quite interesting.
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When Van Cliburn won the piano competition in Moscow in 1958 he was an American hero. What a different era, a classical pianist was the hero, the nation was much more united. Watch the video: He was given a ticker tape parade. Interestingly watch how people dressed in 1958.
He started out as a devout Marxist.
Sowell is one of the greatest thinkers in black America, however, he is always ignored by the left. He was admitted to Harvard and Columbia when there was no affirmative action. I dare say he is too smart for the average victimhood loving American SJW.
There is a young black kid named Coleman Hughes that has actually read Sowell and gets it. He is making a name for himself on YOU TUBE.
I this short video Coleman talks about victimhood which is central to the philosophy of your student. Note, how it is always all about victimhood. The embracing of the noble victim is very empowering to many. BTW, I have never met a successful person that sees himself or herself as a victim.