Re: Best American Composer.

Lane Singer (
15 Apr 1995 07:16:15 GMT

In <> Kublai Ken <> writes:

>On Wed, 12 Apr 1995, Bill Anderson wrote:

>> John Cage is a avante-garde composer who is currently residing six feet
>> under. John Cale is an ex-member of the Velvet Underground and thus,
>> presumably, a rocker. Cole Porter is a songwriter, and Andrew Lloyd
>> Weber is a...well, let's not get into that. Duke Ellington is the
>> greatest American composer. Or not, depending on how you look at it.
>Sheesh, .... Webber is British anyway, isn't he?
> Sorry I brought him up. Although since this thread is insanely
>inappropriate everywhere anyway, what the deuce is wrong the man? Is
>this some sort of personal thing (I know nothing whatsoever about his
>personality), or are there really this many people out here who can't
>stand "Phantom of the Opera"?

Not a personal thing for me, unless one can consider it personal that
his lack of talent is so incredibly glaring, and yet he seems to
be wildly successful.

I believe he came up because at one point the topic was light opera,
or musicals, and he seems to be one of the only games in town right
now. But look back at the composers of 30-70 years ago, and it's
enough to make one weep that all we have to show for ourselves at
this point in that genre is Weber. (Not entirely true, I realize -
I make no complaint about anyone else.)

Lane Singer