But at last we could relish undistractedly
his pellucid line-drawing, his eloquent colouring actually off the piano-strings, his luscious pedalling and pearly melodic decoration.
The ordinary becomes the primary philosophical subject and humans must express "a willingness to think not about something other than what ordinary human beings think about, but rather to learn to think undistractedly
about things that ordinary human beings cannot help thinking about" (Cavell, 9).
As the Bard Festival showed, few composers other than Strauss have lived so undistractedly
through so many conflicting upheavals in musical style and conception, and at the same time remained so ostensibly unaffected by them.