Taking Humor, Seriously

A search for the funny in classical music.

By Lisa Yui

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“The world likes humor,” writes E.B. White, “but it treats it patronizingly. It decorates its serious artists with laurel, and its wags with Brussels sprouts. It feels that if a thing is funny it can be presumed to be something less than great, because if it were truly great it would be wholly serious.”...

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