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Great stuff Bob, thanks for posting. "Bach on the wrong notes", that's an insult I could live with!

I'll ask you the same question I asked Gav, do you know how this forum managed to resurrect itself?

Your welcome Ingo--and I asked Gav the same question!

Id really like to know if new people own it and are running it etc.

Bottom line though is Im glad its back:)

Thanks Bob

Excellent stuff, Bob! 

Thanks Socrates!

a little surprised this didn't make the list :

"Vivaldi did not write 400 concertos; he wrote one concerto 400 times." Stravinsky

2 books come to mind:  "Composers on composers" by Fisk.. a wonderfully entertaining, funny and candid, and interesting back stories..

"Lexicon of Musical invective" by Slonimsky 

Also, much of the musical reviews by Shaw can be quite spicy..- when he was writing for a paper.. (iirc) in the 1890's 

Thanks--for the Fisk all I could find was this:"Composers+on+music"++Fisk&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwii2Jbd0LnWAhUp04MKHf7CAqAQ6AEIJjAA#v=onepage&q="Composers on music" Fisk&f=false

Thanks Bob

The Lexicon is very well known:

Please look at the Contents and pick a composer...

Thanks Bob

These old white dudes sure were vicious towards each other ;D 


Although I suppose political correctness forbade the author giving a few Beecham quotes.

It reminded me of one of my musical text books (I've only ever had two: Kitson on Elementary Harmony) and Bluff Your Way in Music. It was from that I learned useful things like Tchaikovsky: was born too early to write for films thus missed a great opportunity to be rich and successful. Beethoven is regarded as a public company in which a number of people have shares....

and on...important stuff if you need to talk about music.

By comparison we on CF appear to be very kind when reacting to each other's music - mayhap we have more sensitive egos than in days of yore!

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