Wednesday, February 4, 2009

I Must to Learn to Invect Like This


"This din of brasses, tin pans and kettles, this Chinese or Caribbean clatter with wood sticks and ear-cutting scalping knives … [t]his reveling in the destruction of all tonal essence, raging satanic fury in the orchestra, this demoniacal lewd caterwauling, scandal-mongering, gun-toting music … the darling of feeble-minded royalty, …of the court flunkeys covered with reptilian slime, and of the blasé hysterical female court parasites … inflated, in an insanely destructive self-aggrandizement, by Mephistopheles' mephitic and most venomous hellish miasma, into Beelzebub's Court Composer and General Director of Hell's Music—Wagner!"


Anonymous said...

That's from Slate.

Iroquois Pliskin said...

Whoops! Fixed. Gracias.

Ben Abraham said...

If you're into that, I heard of a book (and read a few pages) in Uni that you might really enjoy. Maybe a little bit music-nerd centric but you might enjoy it nonetheless.

The Lexicon of Musical Invective - Critical Assaults on Composers snice Beethovens time by Nicholas Slonimsky.

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