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Franz Liszt

He writes the ugliest music extant.

Claude Debussy

Rhythm, melody, tonality, these are three things unknown to Monsieur Debussy and deliberately disdained by him. His music is vague, floating, without color and without shape …

Richard Wagner

I do not believe that a single composition of Wagner will survive him.

Frédéric Chopin

The entire works of Chopin present a motley surface of ranting hyperbole and excruciating cacophany.

Pyotr Tchaikovsky

… a musical monster … ear-flaying horror.

George Gershwin

Weep over the lifelessness of the melody and harmony, so derivative, so stale, so inexpressive!