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Composer Cagematch!: Dvorak vs. Copland

WELL. THAT was certainly exciting.

First it was Debussy! Then Ravel! Then tied! Then Debussy! Back and forth and back and forth it went; at one time Debussy was three points ahead, only to have Ravel come from behind and take a one point lead a few days later. But when the polls closed, Debussy had clawed his way back to the top by a mere one point himself.  So don’t think your vote doesn’t count, dear public.

Next we take a departure from the countryman-against-countryman theme and branch out a bit. Get ready to think outside the box, people, because in this corner, talking all kindsa smack about American composers, it’s


And in this corner, countering with an Appalachian Spring to the face, it’s


“From the New World,” or actually from the New World? The rustic energy of Rodeo or of Slavonic Dances? The stirring bombast of Fanfare for the Common Man or the classic beauty of Serenade for Strings? Don’t look at me; I’m not allowed to vote. Get to it.


About Jenn

Despite being the former digital marketing intern at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Jenn German does not like Mozart. Beethoven could've totally beaten him up. Also she has an arts management graduate degree from American University, but this changes nothing.


9 thoughts on “Composer Cagematch!: Dvorak vs. Copland

  1. Time to turn on the fog machine!

    Posted by GretchensPianos | February 28, 2011, 10:32 pm
  2. Wooo my vote has tied them!

    Posted by Abby | March 11, 2011, 10:26 pm
  3. What do you mean “two American composers”?

    He was Czech, and quite nationalist at that.
    He just moved to the US for a while (and, consequently, to the *continent* called America).

    Posted by Václav | April 25, 2011, 12:00 pm
    • The post doesn’t say Dvorak was American — it says he talked smack about American composers. Comedic license, of course, since I believe his feelings on how American composers should approach their craft were sincere. 🙂

      Posted by Jenn | April 25, 2011, 12:04 pm


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