Oct 03, 2014  · In that respect, music is just like other aspects of life which mingle deeply held values and practicalities. Take the notion of cleanliness. For an American, it’s equivalent to hygiene. In the performance of 17th-century music today, period instruments are taken for granted. Yet such violin power gave a grandiose intensity to "America the Beautiful" and added vibrancy to the premi. (Photo/Ben Gibbs) Fewer than two or…