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Subject: Re: Critics and the New
From: Theresa Muir <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Theresa Muir <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 6 Apr 2012 13:04:55 -0400
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And Kerman took it from G.B. Shaw's dismissal of Sardou's play.

Theresa


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>From: Kenneth Bleeth <[log in to unmask]>
>Sent: Apr 6, 2012 10:24 AM
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Re: Critics and the New
>
>Joseph Kerman, in *Opera as Drama. *Not a critic *per se*, but a
>musicologist who teaches (or taught) at U.C. Berkeley.
>
>On Fri, Apr 6, 2012 at 1:51 AM, James Camner <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>> I am amused by the idea that critics have the last word. They never have
>> and they never will.  Mr. Douglas of all people might recall how Wagner was
>> treated at first...
>>
>> It's funny and pathetic when critics like Tommasini quote other critics as
>> if their judgement really means something, as opposed to genuine theater
>> professionals, performing musicians, other directors, theater designers,
>> artists, people who have achieved success on a stage and whose perspective
>> and judgement might count for something. Or perhaps quote audience members
>> for their reaction -- after all, they are the ones who do have the last
>> word and always will.
>>
>> A few months ago, the greatest and  most celebrated living theater composer
>> Stephen Sondheim sat in Princeton opposite Frank Rich and trashed critics
>> as being worthless as Rich grinned in embarrssment.  Sondheim has always
>> dismissed critics who now of course fawn over him:  " You can always tell
>> when something is new by how violently it is attacked by the critics, says
>> Stephen Sondheim"  (from an interview in People Magazine in 1976 when his
>> own work was still new and under attack. He could just as easily have been
>> talking about "The Machine"
>>
>> The biggest hit on Broadway and one of the biggest in the history of the
>> musical is Wicked. It got uniformly bad reviews. No one liked it when it
>> came out. Try and find a critic who will admit to it. The controversial
>> revival of Porgy and Bess, a brilliant one in fact, got mostly bad reviews
>> ironically including one by Mr. Sondheim of all people, who slammed it
>> before it was first presented. Now it is a smash hit.
>>
>> A famous conductor once told me "To Hell With The Critics"
>>
>> Does anyone remember the name of the man who called Tosca "A shabby little
>> shocker"?
>>
>> How about the once famous New Yorker bigshot film critic Pauline Kael and
>> her judgement on Clint Eastwood?
>>
>> Suggested reading: Nicolas Slonimsky: "Lexicon of Musical Invective,
>> Critical Assaults on Composers Since Beethoven's Time."
>>
>> Long Live The Machine!
>>
>> James Camner
>>
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Theresa Muir
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