It’s coming up on 11:00 PM and I’m suffering from a bit of eye strain, but it’s still not too late for a Music Monday. So I’m going to hand it over to two great composers doing some trash-talking about music critics.
Robert Craft: What do you mean when you say that critics are incompetent?
Igor Stravinsky: I mean that they are not even equipped to judge one’s grammar. They do not see how a musical phrase is constructed, do not know how music is written; they are incompetent in the technique of the contemporary musical language. Critics misinform the public and delay comprehension. Because of critics many valuable things come too late.
— Igor Stravinsky and Robert Craft, Conversations with Igor Stravinsky (London: Faber and Faber, 1959), 107.
And more succinctly:
Pay no attention to what the critics say. A statue has never been erected in honor of a critic.
– Jean Sibelius
Any questions? 😆
Stravinsky placing flowers at Sibelius’ grave in Finland, 1961: