Composing An Insult

How classical maestros also used their batons to stab each other in the back:

•“If he had been making shell 
casings during the war, it might 
have made for better music.”
Camille Saint-Saëns, on Maurice Ravel

•“Wagner has beautiful moments but awful quarters of an hour.”
Gioachino Rossini, on Richard Wagner

•“I liked the opera very much. 
Everything but the music.”
Benjamin Britten, on Igor Stravinsky


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