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Composer Cagematch! Round 2: Tchaikovsky vs. Rimsky-Korsakov

Speed of lightning, roar of thunder, fighting all who rob or plunder; not bird nor plane nor even frog — it’s Aaron Copland, everybody!

Yes, the scrappy American took down Dvorak when all said it couldn’t be done, and then, once again the dark horse in his round 2 fight against ol’ Benny Britten, he bested the English and beat him by one. Fly your flag, patriots all! (By the way, that low grinding sound you hear is my mother gnashing her teeth in disgust.)

Now it’s time to paint the town red, because in this corner, he went all Black Swan on Rachmaninoff’s ass! It’s


And in this corner, he orchestrated Mussourgsky’s demise! It’s


I know. I know. It’s hard. I like them both too. Now suck it up and pick one.

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.


8 thoughts on “Composer Cagematch! Round 2: Tchaikovsky vs. Rimsky-Korsakov

  1. Rimsky-K has no chance against PT! R-K just has Scheherazade and Flight of The Bumble Bee–Tchaikovsky has…virtually everything he’s ever done! (Swan Lake, the symphonies, Nutcracker, concertos, etc)
    Wagner vs. R. Strauss next, Jenn?

    Posted by Chris McGovern | November 15, 2011, 9:04 am
  2. Plus, you picked such an early portrait of Tch–He didn’t even rock the beard yet! 🙂

    Posted by Chris McGovern | November 15, 2011, 9:06 am
  3. Hmm, then what about Mahler vs. R. Strauss?

    Posted by Chris McGovern | November 15, 2011, 11:49 am
  4. I love the idea of composer “cage matches” looking forward to reading more similar articles! Please check out my YouTube video – “Procession of Nobles” by Rimsky-Korsakov http://youtu.be/2CQlPmEmC8w

    Posted by Scott Webber | November 21, 2011, 1:28 pm


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