Klemperer

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Otto Klemperer (1885-1973), the famed German-born orchestra conductor, was a man of strong opinions who did not hesitate to makes his views known. Among his prejudices was an intense dislike for many modern orchestral works.

During a performance of one such piece that especially irritated him, Klemperer heard a rustling as a member of the audience arouse to leave the hall.

"Well," exclaimed the conductor, "at least someone understands this piece ..."

----------------A Final Thought ...

"Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense."

- Joseph Addison (1672-1719), English essayist