Music: The Barococo DJ

"You are invited," read the program, "to greet and praise De Koven in the Ladies' Lounge. Please refrain from criticizing the Maestro, for it never does any good and only gives De Koven the colic." At Manhattan's Town Hall last week, that injunction served to introduce Classical Disk Jockey Seymour De Koven, an evangelist of the baroque, a man dedicated to the proposition that scarcely any music worth listening to was written after 1828, the year Schubert died. After him, practically no composers were able to write decent "barococo" music, and the public had to settle for "nobodies like Berlioz and...

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