How does this work?
Take almost any Beethoven sonata for piano or any duo. Knowing just by looking at the score what category a chord fits into enables me to play the notes correctly, first time. But do I notice how ugly they sometimes are? Not as vividly as my young students who, absent definitions to mask reality, react immediately with a lively mixture of disbelief and laughter. How can Beethoven, of all people, do this to me?
Listening to their unspoiled reactions makes me internalize music in a new way.
I keep reminding myself that if he would certainly not be encouraged, perhaps even allowed, to produce progressions like that in a theory class.