Thursday, December 16, 2010

UCLA Anecdote

In a Schreiner harmony class at UCLA in the 1930s, a student read this poem to the class:
There once was a fellow named Hatch,
Who was fond of the music of "batch" [Bach].
Said he, it's not fussy like Brahms and deBUSSee [Debussy];
Sit down and I'll play you a snatch.
The next week, another student announced he'd written a sequel, and shared it with the class:
There once was a jolly old miner,
Who thought there could be nothing finer,
Than to hear a snatch of Handel or "batch" [Bach]
And that's why he went to hear Schreiner.

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