The musical masterpieces of the past are so ubiquitous today that it is harder than ever to remember that they represent just a fragment of the music composed during their eras. Bach has come to stand for the late Baroque, Haydn and Mozart for classicism, and so on. This sneaky bit of synecdoche isn’t just misleading; it also makes those composers’ best works seem less extraordinary than they really are.
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