This segment of Fun Friday originally appeared on November 15, 2013. Don’t want to wait until Friday for your dose of classical music humor? Check out the archive of Fun Friday posts.
Composing is so taxing. You have all of these thoughts and sounds running around in your head. You’re not eating or sleeping. The classical music muse who was once a regular visitor is now but an infrequent guest. Ahhhhh!!!!! Whyyyyyyy?????
Sometimes composers get tired. Sometimes they get cranky. Sometimes they get jealous. And sometimes they get catty.
They scrapped and squabbled and we picked up what they were putting down. Here are the 10 best composer on composer insults.
1. Aaron Copland on Ralph Vaughan Williams: “Listening to the Fifth Symphony of Ralph Vaughan Williams is like staring at a cow for 45 minutes.”
2. Richard Strauss on Arnold Schoenberg: “He’d be better off shoveling snow than scribbling on manuscript paper.”
3.Igor Stravinsky on Handel’s Theodra: “It’s beautiful and boring. Too many pieces finish too long after the end.”
4. Benjamin Britten on Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress: “I liked the opera very much. Everything but the music.”
5. Sergei Prokofiev on Igor Stravinsky: “Bach on all the wrong notes”
6. Richard Wagner on Chopin: “A composer for one right hand.”
7. Saint-Saens on Ravel: “If he had been making shell cases during the war it might have been better for music.”
9. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky on Modest Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov: “It is the most insipid and base parody on music.”
10. Michael Linton on Philip Glass: “It’s good to have an idea.”
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