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Stanford orders geeks to study Mozart symphonies

Fascinating piece in the Economist on attempts by the hi-tech campus to produce more rounded graduates. Wonder if any of the budding Brins will discover hidden 12-note rows. Read here.


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  1. I wondered why a map shop would encourage study of Mozart symphonies…

  2. Stanford is a big university in every sense of the word. I’ve worked with the music department and they are far from second-rate amateurs. Calling the student body “geeks” is like calling classical musicians high-brows and long-haired snobs. As a stellar prodigy, one can imagine that Mozart got more than his share of ridicule. In fact, the number of musicians, (writers, painters) that I know of who had to reserve their cherished crafts on weekends to nurse computing machines during the week, is legion.

  3. The article leaves the impression that one mandatory course (if I understand correctly) is expected to have an effect on the anaemic arts scene of Northern California. I suppose if it just raised the level of cocktail chatter that would be a positive outcome.

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