My point is... "the greats" is an arbitrary notion that will vary based on the perspective of the individual. What makes e.g. Mozart a "great?" Is it because people have studied his music for a really long time and regarded it as great? What if I can't stand Mozart, is he still one of "the greats" just because other people say so? And wouldn't that mean that he is only "great" because of popular consensus? Because then we start to get outside the territory of his music, and more into a weird dogmatic circular logic (i.e. "Mozart is great because we have studied him extensively" and then "We study Mozart because he's great" and then "What is greatness? Well, just look at Mozart")When I made that comment I had in mind, for example, that Brahms studied Beethoven, who studied Mozart, who studied Haydn and they all studied Fux. Pop singers didn’t come to mind but I supposed they too, “study the greats.”
So if I think Mozart isn't great, does that make me wrong? And thus, by not studying Mozart, do I not have potential for greatness?