Jeremy Denk: Omnivorous Music

WHAT’S IN THIS VIDEO: Music at its most powerful can challenge listeners’ expectations in an uncomfortable way. Charles Ives’ fourth symphony layers melodies and elements in a way that invites audiences to choose their own path through the work, and that’s not always a pleasant experience. Challenging conventions is one the great traditions in music, and even a composer like Beethoven can be understood as a disruptive radical to the ideas that came before him.