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Composer Cagematch!: Boulez vs. Webern

Well. That was scarcely the challenge I rather expected. The general weirdness of Cage evidently resonates with many of you, as he took Reich down rather handily. No applause out of respect, please.

And now, ladies and gentlemen, the final match of round one. You thought Cage vs. Reich was weird? Ha! Hold on to your hats and glasses, because in this corner, he doesn’t need a hammer! It’s



And in this corner, he was denounced by the Nazis so he has to be good! It’s



I thought this match might be interesting because they are both considered great innovators – and Boulez was born the same year Webern died (whoops, got that wrong; Boulez was born in 1925. Stupid misreading things!). They are progressives in their respective times; how progressive are you?

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.


7 thoughts on “Composer Cagematch!: Boulez vs. Webern

  1. Curious. They are also both disciples/extrapolators of other ground-breaking composers: Messiaen-Boulez and Schoenberg-Webern.

    Posted by semanticmarmot | April 23, 2013, 8:32 am
  2. Boulez was born in 1925. Webern died in 1945 – not quite the same year!

    Posted by Robert Lennon | May 14, 2013, 4:05 pm
    • Ah, I must have misread at the time of the posting. Thanks for pointing that out – although I have a feeling it wouldn’t have had an impact on the outcome!

      Posted by Jenn | May 14, 2013, 4:07 pm
      • You’re probably right about that, although PB would have had 50% more votes had I not missed the poll!

        Posted by Robert Lennon | May 15, 2013, 7:40 am


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