Why So Serious?

Going through some of my old bookmarks, I came across this Guardian about classical music comedies and parodies:

10 of the best: Classical music comedies and parodies

It’s always good to remind ourselves that “serious” music doesn’t mean music devoid of humor.

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Yeah, classical music–Why so serious?

Leonard Bernstein seems to agree.

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My guiding idea, which I have been conscious of ever since I found myself a composer, is the idea of the brotherhood of nations, a brotherhood in spite of war and strife. This is the idea I am trying to serve, with the best of my ability, in my music.

-Bela Bartok