Seems like there is sometimes an intellectual preference for music that is more "rhetorical" as opposed to tuneful.
In my experience it seems that composers such as (later) Stravinsky, Schönberg, Webern etc. are often placed on pedestals for the music they produce (often lacking any traditional melody whatsoever but brimming with an abundance "theory") but composers like Tchaikovsky are looked down upon for his use of "sappy" melodies and big tunes.
Seems like sometimes enjoying a good, toe-tapping melody in classical musi is somewhat verboten. What do y'all think?
By the way, not all tuneful music is good and not all "tuneless" music is bad. That is not at all my position, so please bear that in mind before you personally attack me. I am just interested in the general opinion here as to the question I posed above.