It seems to me that classical music, at least in America, is rather unpopular and dismissed as boring old museum pieces, particularly 20th century music, the whipping boy of classical music. Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Webern and the emotional significance his music carries, at least for me, is strong enough that I feel the need to expose it to others. I’ve often heard the complaint that “dissonant”, or “modern”, or “avant-garde” music isn’t really music because it isn’t realistically applicable, because it’s all just music theory, pointless experimentation, etc. and, indeed, some of it is, just as there is good and bad art in anything. But, unlike “experimental” art, where the artist creates something without an intentional vision, Webern clearly understood what he was doing—and the fractured, abstract sounds of his music carries a lot of emotion and has touched me deeply. If there is any music that is “realistically applicable”, it’s Webern. Many people shy away from music that may be dissonant, dark, challenging, etc. but I think that it’s very important to develop that side of our mind, and shying away from it seems to be evidence that one has not had the chance to explore these negative emotions and see the beauty in them. Some people listen to pop music because that is how they want to feel, but Webern shows us what we actually feel.
"The 15th of September 1945, the day of Anton Webern’s death, should be a day of mourning for any receptive musician. Doomed to a total failure in a deaf world of ignorance and indifference he inexorably kept on cutting out his diamonds, his dazzling diamonds, the mines of which he had such a perfect knowledge." —Igor Stravinsky
I have begun to learn oil painting, and it is not easy. Here is a palette knife painting.
Painting of a shot from The Weeping Meadow, directed by Theo Angelopoulos