Even when your career is hanging by a thread and the NSF is hacking at it with all its might, the Brandenberg Concertos can make you feel better. A world that can produce such exquisite music can’t be all bad.
Boy, did that sound music snobby or what?
Update: (Pretension Alert) The 3rd Concerto may be the most perfectly balanced piece of music ever written. My tastes roam far and wide in the classical ouevre and there is some modern music I like — at least when Sue plays it. I’ve come to accept, for example, that it is possible to like Dido and still be heterosexual. And Purple Rain is one of my favorite albums. But my heart truly lies in classical, especially Stravinsky, Wagner, Beethoven and Bach.