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Re: MARCH MADNESS OF COMPOSERS
I want tickets for that All-American Match-up of Copland vs Joplin. I'll take AC over The Entertainer in a thrilling but ragged game, with much Fanfare.
Also, watch out for a riot in the concert hall when Stravinsky beats Puccini, despite Giacomo's promise to "float like Madame Butterfly, sting like Boheme".
LET THE GAMES BEGIN.
32 Composers have made it all the way to Fayetteville Texas as selected by the NCA committee and will be competing with one another for title of World Champion Composer. The competition begins tomorrow and results and some analysis will be posted at the end of the day, and daily thereafter. Good sports are welcome to comment and play along.
Here are the 2020 matchups, with seedings for the first ten in each division.
We will not know what composition each composer brings to the game until the actual matchup. Your suggestions will be passed along.
(2)J.S. Bach versus Scriabin
(6)Schumann versus Ives
(1)Beethoven versus Scarlatti
(7)Copland versus Joplin
(3)Tchaikovsky versus Sousa
(5)Shostakovich versus Bizet
(8)Saint-Saens versus Whitacre
(4)Dvorak verus Orff
(1)Mozart versus Albioni
(2)Handel versus Verdi
(7)Bernstein versus Smetana
(6)Ravel versus Sibelius
(3)Haydn versus Faure
(5)Schubert versus Holst
(4)Vivaldi versus Resphigi
(8)Stavinsky versus Puccini
Bach takes on unranked (outranked) and unheralded Scriabin, a last-minute replacement for the injured Jean-Baptiste Lully. Bach likes to play his opening round safe like grazing sheep. Scriabin is sure to go with one of his more colorful organ works-he's gotta bring it all for this matchup.
Saint-Saens , a classic old schooler, never-the-less will danse his "Macabre Carnival" roadshow all over Whitacre, who can't afford to go to sleep during this match. Whitacre has an advantage over other composers in the playoffs-he's actually alive. If he plans to take home (The Light and) The Gold, he needs March to be as strong as October.
Holst, appearing in his first playoff, plans to bring all-out war to Schubert , who remains haunted by his inability to finish. Possible first round upset?
Handel versus Verdi offers the most exciting matchup of first round. Verdi's appearance in last year's final four was aida-ed by a rather weak Allegro division. Adding the likes of Handel to this division means we are certain to see two brutal competitors bring opening round excitement: Look for The Messiah to go Dies Irae on the Mean Green Requiem Machine.