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Composer Cagematch!: Rimsky-Korsakov vs. Mussourgsky

The Eric made you do it, I think.

Yes, while at the beginning of the Holst-Britten match up we were looking at a tie, by the end of the match Britten had gained a solid lead and Team Benjamin took the victory, sending Team Gustav off to a lonely corner that is forever England. I’m not saying reader Eric’s campaigning swung the vote, but he’ll probably tell you it did. Don’t worry, Gustav, I like you.

Next — infighting in The Mighty Handful! In this corner, he’s so good at orchestration his texts on the subject are still read today! It’s


And in this corner, he’s so good at composition he gets others to orchestrate his work for him while he drinks vodka! It’s


(Okay, in terms of sheer syllabic size Rimsky-Korsakov wins. So don’t let that sway you.)

This is an hard one, no? I mean, Russian Easter Overture. Freakin’ Scheherazade. But then again, Night on Bare Mountain. Freakin’ Pictures at an Exhibition. And between the two of them, Khovanschina. A mighty handful, indeed, so you’ve gotta drop somebody — who’ll it be?

As always, Twitter and Facebook will give fair warning as to the voting deadline, and use the comments to try to sway voters into your composer camp.


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.


6 thoughts on “Composer Cagematch!: Rimsky-Korsakov vs. Mussourgsky

  1. I vote for “Risky Corsettes Off!”
    Always did 😉

    Especially as he wrote that fantastic piece about the princess in 1,001 Arabian Nights, “Shall we dance”.

    I love working with young kids. Sometimes.

    Posted by Stephen P Brown | March 29, 2011, 8:21 am
  2. Vote for MM.

    The other guy is good. Really good. A little too facile. Easy Writer.

    MM works hard, and it shows in the results. The other guy ruined MM’s Boris. Luckily, we don’t have to listen to that version.

    Posted by chopinslut | March 29, 2011, 8:33 am
  3. chopinslut – you took the words right out of my mouth. Modest gets my vote, because he wrote BG and his song cycles, which rock.

    Flight of the Bumblebee does not hold up against “So it was in the city of Kazan” or Pimens lament.

    Posted by Classical Music Broadcast | March 29, 2011, 1:05 pm


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