CHINA: Take That, Ludwig

To Western music lovers, Beethoven may have written "the most sublime noise that has ever penetrated into the ear of man," as Novelist E.M. Forster felicitously phrased it. But to China's propagandists, Beethoven, along with Schubert and Mozart, was just tinkling out a tune on that dreary old capitalist cash register. "There are some people who to this day are still uncritically introducing these things to our youth," huffed Peking's People's Daily last week. "If we go on like this, where will our young people be led?"

Apparently alarmed by the enthusiastic response...

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