Schubert can help murderers unwind

Dalrymple observes that Anthony Burgess, in his 1962 novel A Clockwork Orange, demonstrated that he had foreseen many aspects of the youth culture to come — to take one of many examples,

the importance that industrialised pop music would play in it.

Dalrymple notes, however, that Burgess

did not suggest that high culture was necessarily ennobling in itself.

The character Alex,

much superior in intelligence to his followers, is a devotee of classical music, listening to which, however, increases his urge to commit violence. No doubt Burgess had in mind those Nazis who could listen with emotion to Schubert lieder after a hard day’s genocide.

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