Monday, July 28, 2003

Monday July 28, 2003

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 AM

Midnight Cowboy

A Last Hurrah for Harold C. Schonberg, New York Times music critic (not to be confused with Arnold Schoenberg, composer):

“His criticism of music he disliked could be harsh, and in a valedictory essay published at the time of his retirement as senior critic, he explained himself unrepentantly.

‘I thought the serial-dominated music after the war was a hideously misbegotten creature sired by Caliban out of Hecate, and I had no hesitation in saying so,’ he wrote. ‘Nor has it been proved that I was all wrong. Certain it is that the decades of serialism did nothing but alienate the public, creating a chasm between composer and audience.'”

The serialist composer Arnold Schoenberg, on the other hand, wrote:

“I believe what I do and do only what I believe; and woe to anybody who lays hands on my faith. Such a man I regard as an enemy, and no quarter given!”


To which the appropriate reply is:

“Here’s a quarter, call someone who cares.”

— Travis Tritt, CowboyLyrics.com

Harold C. Schonberg

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