Has music ever actually been destroyed through ignorance or repression?
I'm wondering, because it has happened many times with art and a few times with literature; I don't even know whether it's possible to destroy music, but it seems possible if the work is unpublished. Here are some of the worst art tragedies I've ever heard:
-The Russian Czars cutting up great medieval Flemish tapestries for use as seat cushions
-The Turks storing gunpowder in the Parthenon (yeah, it *used* to be perfectly preserved)
-The Vatican melting the bronze roof of the Pantheon in the 1600's to make altarpieces
-The Iraqi Museum (don't believe the US government- it was not just "a bunch of pots," it was 6000-year-old masterpieces from the Fertile Crescent)
Has music ever been destroyed in such a way? Or do you think it's impossible to destroy music in the same way as art? I remember something about Shostakovich hiding scores during Stalin's purges, but I don't know whether they were his own music or whether they were Bach's WTC... ?
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[I forgot the Maya Codices! Destroyed by the Spanish because they were "Books of the Devil"- grrr... I agree on the Native Americans, but wasn't the Lighthouse of Alexandria an accident? Still a tragedy though :)]