. . . that music was the moment at which Beethoven finally passed beyond the suffering of his life on earth and reached for the hand of God, as God reaches for the hand of Adam in Michaelangelo's vision of the creation. (Witness, p. 19)
Here is Alfred Brendel performing the Second Movement of Opus 111.
In these and a few other compositions of the great composers we are granted a glimpse of what music is capable of. Just as one will never appreciate the possibilities of genuine philosophy by reading positivist philistines such as David Stove, one will never appreciate the possibilities of great music and its power of speaking to what is deepest in us if one listens only to contemporary popular music.