....How interesting it must have been to learn from the man himself!
I didn't fully appreciate stuff like that at the time. To me he was mainly just a slightly weird old guy.
I took two courses of his, "Chopin, Chaikovsky *
and Mussorgsky" and "Bartok, Schoenberg and Stravinsky," also sort of hung out a little.*
Yeah, for some reason he liked spelling it that way. So, we called the course "The 3 C's."
We didn't care that Mussorgsky begins with M.
We had the good grace never to call the other course "BS."
Debussy -- felt he was underrated and one of the great giants. BTW he was a pretty good pianist and liked performing a piece sometimes at the end of a class. He was pretty good but not great -- not nearly as good as another well-known music historian who was there at the time, Donald Grout.