'Composer beef' - the most searing insults in classical music

6 March 2018, 13:03

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They wrote the most beautiful music imaginable, but between them, it could sometimes get more than a little nasty.

Some of the many great composers had beef. So with Scotch Beef, we're taking a look at some of the less-than-harmonious duets between composers. 

Here are a few of the most brutal (and at times rather witty) insults between the great classical maestros...

Beethoven on Rossini

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Stravinsky on Rachmaninov

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Copland on Vaughan Williams

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Tchaikovsky on Mussorgsky

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Stravinsky on Messiaen

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Stravinsky on Handel

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Sir Thomas Beecham on Elgar

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Rossini on Wagner

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Beethoven

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Rossini on Berlioz

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Tchaikovsky on Mussorgsky

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Wagner on Chopin

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Tchaikovsky on Brahms

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