Bix Beidebecke et al. - the 1920's

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, pages 155-156:

Bix Beiderbecke, bless his soul, was crazy about the modern composers--Schoenberg, Stravinsky, and Ravel--but he had no time for the classics. One night I took him to the opera. It happened to be SIEGFRIED. When he heard the bird calls in the third act, with those intervals that are modern today, when he began to realise the leitmotifs of the opera were dressed, undressed, disguised, broken down, and built again in every conceivable fashion, he decided that old man Wagner wasn't so corny after all and that swing musicians didn't know such a helluva lot.

cite as

Nat Hentoff and Nat Shapiro, Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It (London, 1992), p. 155-156. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1434982670632 accessed: 28 November, 2021

Listeners

Bix Beidebecke
Musician
1903-1931
Paul Whiteman
Bandleader
1890-1967

Listening to

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Siegfried
written by Richard Wagner

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1920's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:17:51 +0100
Approved on Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:34:33 +0100