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Is this usage of the word 'esoteric' correct?

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Answer #1 | 28/12 2013 22:06
Performances aren't esoteric. Knowledge is.
Answer #2 | 28/12 2013 23:16
I'm afraid that I have to disagree with Ann, and consequently agree with you. The word "esoteric" is not limited to the fields of philosophy and theology, nor is it limited to what might be termed as pure knowledge. It can apply to any field with a mental dimension, with an implication of understanding, since it relates only to how rare a proper understanding would be. Admittedly, we can't judge the particular reference that you made, since you didn't bother to supply it, let alone enough context to make it clear. However, the implication you intend is sound and valid. It's an esoteric piece. The performance of such a piece will be properly understood by only the very few who already have an intimate acquaintance with its rarely-known origins. You might have misused the word, but the background you've given us here does not indicate such.
Answer #3 | 28/12 2013 23:22
I used the word Esoteric to refer to the performance since only people with knowledge of the show would understand the performance. ==================================== The word you first used is best. The choice of music obscured understanding of the performance, tailoring it more to an inside crowd with a knowledge of the show from which came the audio clips. In this context, the word esoteric feels awkward.
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