The Great Composer Quiz – August 4, 2020
This time it’s a Quiz about the ubiquity of music. This Great Composer made a fateful trip to the British Isles late in his life. He didn’t like it there. “England is a country of pianos,” he said, “they are everywhere. England is so surrounded by the boredom of conventionalities, that it is all one to them whether music is good or bad, since they have to hear it from morning till night. For here they have flower-shows with music, dinners with music, sales with music.” After he had been in England for a while his attitude darkened and he wrote, “Here, whatever is not boring is not English.” So who was this non-Anglophile, this Great Composer?