Adam Brent Houghtaling explores melancholy music and how it affects us.
Proponents of modern symphonic music cast unhappy audiences as unenlightened. But for most listeners, music elicits emotional rather than intellectual responses. Certainly, classical music should should challenge and evoke. It just shouldn't sound like bus crashes.
Some old-timers impress with their strengths and some one-of-a-kind talents display growing versatility.