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Defending modern music in 1843

“Contemporary music is important. Don’t listen to oafs who seek to dismiss it. They do that in all ages, and they prove nothing other than that they are fools or small-minded, narrow thinking bigots. Modern music has its place, an important place, and we are now in the age of musical heroism.” (Josef Proksch to his celebrated pupil Czech composer Bedrich Smetana)

Across generations and centuries the debate will always continue!


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