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Composer Cagematch!: Bartok vs. Shostakovich

In the words of the great Bob Kelso: daaaaaaamn, Turkledawg!

Liszt had it in the bag. He really did. He was winning forever. And yet somehow…

A tie happened. Then Liszt pulled ahead. Another tie. Liszt pulled ahead again. Then another tie. And when the poll closed, Chopin took it by one. Crazy times!

We’re entering the home stretch now, guys. Just two more matches to go in round 1. And yet I ask you to travel with me again to familiar ground — we’re barreling headlong back into eastern Europe, because in this corner, ethnomusicology FTW!


And in this corner, apologies to Stalin FTW! It’s


Ha! And you thought these matches were so easy! How you like me now, sucka? This awesome dude or that awesome dude? Awesome folk tunes or awesome Jewish tunes?! Clearly this is awesomely hard.


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.


10 thoughts on “Composer Cagematch!: Bartok vs. Shostakovich

  1. Meh … Hm.


    Evidently, I’m sitting this one out, too …

    Posted by fireandair | September 20, 2011, 8:03 pm
  2. This is ridiculous. On the one hand, how can one not vote for Shostakovich, the man who left the Sonata for Viola and Piano as his haunting parting shot to the world. On the other hand, there is another haunting composer, and one who comes from the land of my ancestors, Bartok, who left the unfinished viola concerto at his death. (What’s up with that? Does the viola signify death?) What to do? What to do? This is the hardest match up ever. Whichever one loses needs to come back in another match.

    Posted by sheri | September 21, 2011, 7:31 am
  3. Voted. Ya happy?

    Posted by Eric | September 27, 2011, 2:45 pm
  4. I forgot to vote!

    Posted by sneaky | October 4, 2011, 4:27 pm


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