stupid comment du jour

Pierre Boulez on the music of Charles Ives:

“I’ve also played the Robert Browning Overture and theThree Places in New England. It’s music written by an amateur. You would have to rewrite things because it’s impossible to do justice to the ideas because they’re poorly written. He stayed an amateur all his life and he wanted to stay this way. It was a choice for him.”

Interesting. I suspect Ives would have said the same of Boulez’s music…

And if Pierre thinks Ives’ stuff is amateurish, he’d have a field day with my crap.