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Manxfeeder said:
I'm still trying to figure out what somebody meant when they said that Bruckner's 9th symphony was light years ahead of his 3rd symphony. Light years? Did Bruckner take the symphony to inifinity and beyond?
Especially considering a lightyear is a measure of distance... not time.
It would be as metaphorical if the person had misunderstood lightyear as a measure of time because the intended "distance" between these Bruckner symphonies is neither spatial nor temporal anyway. Usually language like "in another league", "miles ahead" is understood without problems when metaphorically applied to symphonies, even if they are not football teams or cyclists.
 
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