The technologies of the ear (the radio, the record player, the compact disc) both give and take away. How marvelous that Mozart’s 27 piano concertos, Beethoven’s nine symphonies, and Bartók’s six quartets are only fingertips away. And how horrible. It is a cruel trick that the wondrous accessibility of these great works has rendered them invisible.
“A New and Awful Silence”
Reprinted from the July 1987 issue of Harper’s Magazine.