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Composer Cagematch! Round 2: Gershwin vs. Chopin

In the immortal words of The Sandlot: You’re KILLING me, Smalls.

I threw Verdi into the ring with a wince, guilt-ridden over the fact that I had no one stronger to defend against the mighty Handel. And what does Giuseppe do? Grinds Georg into a pulp and bakes him into a pie like some kinda classical Titus Andronicus. A late pro-Handel rush narrowed the gap, so that takes away a bit of the sting, but still. Verdi wins. Drat. (Also, I would totally order Handel pie, if only for the pun.)

Let’s move on quickly, because there’s only one match left in round 2. They are an odd match, and I am determined to arrange the battle with no preconceived notions.

And so in this corner, who could ask for anything more? Well, Berstein could. It’s


And in this corner, he’s got a little Liszt! It’s


I don’t know, guys. They’re the only two left. One of them is bound to show up on your iPod more often than the other, and get skipped less. Who is 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.


5 thoughts on “Composer Cagematch! Round 2: Gershwin vs. Chopin

  1. Ooh, God this is a tough one! These guys are so different but both rock!
    I have to almost unwillingly give it to Gersh! How do you not with a repertoire that includes great solo piano, piano concertos, chamber music, songs, musicals AND Porgy and Bess?

    Posted by Chris McGovern | February 14, 2012, 8:38 am
  2. U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!

    Posted by Terry | February 14, 2012, 9:37 pm


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