Feud alert--Tchaikovsky slams Saint-Saens, Saint-Saens strikes back

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Who had it right? Saint-Saens or Tchaikovsky?

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Feud alert--Tchaikovsky slams Saint-Saens, Saint-Saens strikes back

Post  pinhedz on Wed Mar 07, 2012 3:04 am

I seem to recall that this was a lively topic on the old site--or not--but vote anyway.

These two guys were obviously at each other's throats. Who was right? Does music have to be "about" something? Or is it just supposed to sound good?

Here's one view:

"I do not wish any symphonic work to emanate from me which has nothing to express, and consists merely of harmonies and a purposeless design of rhythms and modulations."

-- Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky


Here's the opposing view:

"The artist who does not feel completely satisfied by elegant lines, by harmonious colors, and by a beautiful succession of chords does not understand the art of music."

-- Camille Saint-Saens

OUCH!

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Post  pinhedz on Mon Mar 19, 2012 3:21 pm

A tie so far, but one or the other will pull ahead before long, I'm sure.
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Post  pinhedz on Mon Mar 26, 2012 11:59 am

Someone voted cheers

Is this unanimous?
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Post  pinhedz on Mon Aug 27, 2012 10:39 am

So this 10-year-old girls comes on the radio and says that she's going to play a cello concerto by SAINT SAENS.

And she says Saint Saens' music is like when she gets mad at her brother, but then it finds a way to make peace.

So Saint Saens' music is really about something after all, but he just didn't know it when he wrote it. Razz
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