I did stress that I was expressing my personal views and for me music did reach its peak in the 19th century. Mahler and Strauss being the last blossomings on the rose tree. For me, there was a human compassion and empathy present in the overtones of the music of that time that are rarely found in contemporary music.
I'm not an elitist though... I enjoy all forms of music, everything from Rock and Roll to Punk, to Ska, Rock, Jazz, Rap, etc & ect. but I always go back to the 19th century stuff for the big "fix". That's just my personal habit!