Composers are an opinionated bunch, often trying to out-do each other with new musical advancements and styles. But sometimes things just get nasty.
We are only recently discovering a lot of their opinions as many of their letters come to light . . . but what would the composers’ worlds have been like if social media was around allowing them to vent their opinions in public to all their followers?
(P.S. The following are all real quotes from composers, they have just been made a bit more . . . digital!)
Britten really wasn't a fan of Stravinsky's new opera The Rake's Progress:
Beethoven didn't really care much for Haydn's lessons.
One time was enough for Rossini when it came to Wagner's opera Lohengrin.
Rossini wasn't the only one who didn't appreciate Wagner's compositions . . .
Was Brahms' fame undeserved? Or was Tchaikovsky just a bit jealous?
It's never a complement when Copland compares your symphony to watching livestock . . .