Vox calls Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony ‘a symbol of exclusion and elitism’

Has the 19th-century German composer Ludwig van Beethoven become a modern symbol of “exclusion and elitism” for rich, white men?

In an article published by Vox on Tuesday that quoted New York Philharmonic clarinetist Anthony McGill, writers Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding argued that the work has been propped up by white, wealthy men, whose embrace of the musical composition stood as a symbol of “their superiority and importance.”

“For others — women, LGBTQ+ people, people of color — Beethoven’s symphony is predominantly a reminder of classical music’s history of exclusion and elitism,” Sloan and Harding wrote.

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