Humor in Music

A Few Good Insults

I’m not sure if these count as a bit of sarcastic wit combined with outright insults (I think it’s definitely a bit of both), but I thought you might get a kick out of reading these.  These are from a collection of 21 of the Best Insults posted recently by Classic FM.  Classic FM posts a lot of great stuff, so it’s worth spending a little bit of time on their site.

These are pretty fun.  Not so subtle as one might expect!

“Listening to the fifth symphony of Ralph Vaughan Williams is like staring at a cow for 45 minutes.”

– Aaron Copland

“I like your opera – I think I will set it to music.”

 – Beethoven

“What a good thing this isn’t music.”

– Rossini on Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique

“It’s beautiful and boring. Too many pieces finish too long after the end.”

 – Stravinsky on Handel’s Theodora

“Wagner has beautiful moments, but awful quarters of an hour.”

 – Rossini on Wagner

“He likes what is coarse, unpolished, and ugly.”

 – Tchaikovsky on Mussorgsky

“What a giftless bastard!”

 – Tchaikovsky on Brahms

“Handel is only fourth rate. He is not even interesting.”

 – Tchaikovsky on Handel

“If he’d been making shell cases during the war it would have been better for music.”

 – Saint-Saëns on Ravel

“I liked the opera very much. Everything but the music.”

 – Britten on Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress

“He’d be better off shovelling snow than scribbling on manuscript paper.”

 – Richard Strauss on Schoenberg

“Bach on the wrong notes.”

 – Prokofiev on Stravinsky

Yeah.  Definitely not subtle, but kind of fun, nonetheless, don’t you think?!

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