Why Has Music Dropped Off The Intellectuals’ Map?

Why are people who pride themselves on being educated and up on the latest books, movies, and even art, so uninterested and uneducated in serious music? “There is a startling ignorance about music among contemporary intellectuals who value the latest literary and philosophical thinking. It was not always like this. Gradually music has become more and more marginal to intellectual endeavour, and this separation may be traced to the first half of the 20th century. Until this time, writers and thinkers saw reflection on music as a culturally central consideration, a view that can be traced right back through the works of Pythagoras, Plato, Socrates, St Augustine, Galileo, Newton, Goethe and Nietzsche…”