21 Insults: The Gentlemanly Art of (Musical) Insult
We live a a rude, oftentimes crude world. Â One need not look too far to find something insulting or obnoxious.
There was a time when insults were an art form. Â Shakespeare is held up as a prime example of that, but I think that is only because most do not really understand Shakespearean English. Â (Though “Thou pribbling dizzy-eyed foot-licker!” seems fairly clear) Â You’ll find some of Shakespeare’s best-known insults set to music above.
A list of musical insults, one composer to another, has been compiled. Â A few you may recognize, but many you may not. Â Tchaikovsky, Copland, Beethoven, and many more could turn an excellent phrase.
Be sure to take notes.
Read 21 of the Best Insults in Classical Music (Limelight Magazine)