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    Quote Originally Posted by ArsMusica View Post
    John Cage. Interesting coincidence that "charlatan" is the exact term that a very good friend of mine (a very fine composer) and I used in a discussion about Cage that we had earlier today.
    I will give you a point here. Many times I was wondering what Cage was doing... His texts are good, but his music most of the times* a no go.

    * with ''s''...
    Alles Vergängliche ist nur ein Gleichnis;
    das Unzulängliche, hier wird's Ereignis;
    das Unbeschreibliche, hier ist's getan;
    das Ewig-Weibliche zieht uns hinan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mahlerian View Post
    I think Ludovico Einaudi is a charlatan. I don't believe that anyone could have a full musical training and actually believe that that sort of music is worth writing.

    Schoenberg considered Koussevitsky a charlatan, because he couldn't read scores and apparently had assistants who played the piano reduction of a new work multiple times until he could conduct it himself.
    Koussevitsky was a virtuoso double-bass soloist, the best of his time, before becoming a conductor. Even though he couldn't score-read it doesn't mean he was a charlatan.

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