Maybe you misunderstand me -- I just meant that both homosexuals and heterosexuals are capable of being artistically gifted. Junior said that Van Cliburn excelled in spite of his homosexuality, as if it were a burden to overcome.<quoted text>
Sorry, but you have no grasp of the inner core that produces art.
Ever see "Immortal Beloved" ?
I'm recalling the scene where Beethoven asks his personal assistant what he hears in the piece being played, then goes on to describe the romantic situations that produced it. He describes a man in a carriage on the way to meet his beloved who will only wait just so long, when the wheel of the carriage becomes mired in the mud and comes off. Struggling with the driver and other male passengers to remount the wheel, seeing that he probably will not make it to his rendezvous on time, "This is the sound of his agitation."
Music, especially that of the late classical period is ALL about emotion and passion.
Tchaikovsky was a tortured, self-hating gay person, and this positively bleed through his music.
Copeland, Bernstein, Harrison, Cage, Hovhaness, Cowell etc. would snort at you in disgust.
Artistic creativity cannot be divorced from what a person IS ... and THAT most definitely includes sexuality.
I really wish I could invite you over for some art appreciation lessons.
How can this have nothing to do with one's sexuality?
Believe me, I can equate music and sexuality; to me, the end of the first movement of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony is pure orgasm.