Roger Federer playing a violin
Roger Federer appearing in a 2013 Credit Suisse video in honour of the Lucerne Festival’s 75th anniversary

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Why is ‘elitism’ celebrated in sport but not in the arts? asks Chad Vindin

It is often said that classical music is elitist, and this has always puzzled me. What I love about classical music is the music, and music consists for the most part of sounds. After all these years I still can’t imagine a way for sounds to be elitist. Is G sharp better than E? Does D claim to be superior to other notes? I genuinely don’t know what people are...