30 September 2003
Quote of the week (tie)
The Warrior Monk, dismissing a theme from the first movement of Symphony No. 9 by Dmitri Shostakovich:
[I]t sounds like a chorus of lobotomites attempting to whistle the theme song from Hogan's Heroes.
Of course, as the Monk is keenly aware, given the Soviet requirement that composers be guided by the principles of Socialist Realism, it could hardly sound like anything else.
(Update, 3 pm: The Monk would like you, or at least me, to know that it was not his intention to sound dismissive.)