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Composer Cagematch! Round 3: Copland vs. Tchaikovsky

Triumph of the American spirit!

I’m not going to beat around the bush, so to speak — it was a tough fight, with both parties taking the lead at times, but ultimately Gershwin eeked it out over Verdi. People, THIS is what the Composer Cagematch! series is all about. I have seen Verdi listed on a number of top 10 great composer lists, and Gershwin none. If pressed, I bet even a lot of the Gershwin voters would admit that, technically, Verdi is the better composer. But Gershwin! Gershwin, it seems, is the composer you love. And that’s why he proceeds to the next round.

Well done, George, you scrappy little American, you. You’ve done your country proud. Can you brother in citizenship do the same? It’s time to find out, because in this corner, he pushed Britten over a cliff! It’s


And in this corner, he stabbed Rimsky-Korsakov with a spindle and sent him to bed! It’s


I don’t think anyone’s going to argue over who’s the better composer (although who knows?). But! Who. Do. You. Love?

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 3: Copland vs. Tchaikovsky

  1. I’m calling it, it’s going to be PT by a landslide.

    Posted by Chris McGovern | March 27, 2012, 10:04 am


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