lexicon of musical invective

Nicholas Slonimsky’s Lexicon of Musical Invective was a composer’s delight! It was the perfect blend of criticism and humor, and also had colorful language and great insight into the general mindsets and opinions of music and performance practices at the time of each inclusion. I admit I could only read the book one short segment at a time as its content was overwhelmingly negative. That said, it was still interesting to read the cutting personal attacks on the composers rather than critiques just about the music or the performance. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in music history and criticism. This should also be required reading for every composer!