I missed WGUC's composer tournament round of 64 (Igor Stravinsky over John Adams 84%-16%!). But here are my preferences for the round of 32:
- Barber over Bach - No one can say I'm not a fanatic.
- Mahler over John Williams - But I have my limits, nonetheless.
- Debussy over Sibelius - Had to think about it.
- Dvorak over Strauss - He was affiliated with the home conference.
- Haydn over Rimsky-Korsakov - I like "Antar," though.
- Gershwin over Prokofiev - Yo' George.
- Chopin over Verdi - No contest.
- Tchaikovsky over Ravel - Russians rule.
- Beethoven over Grieg - Again, no contest.
- Copland over Stravinsky - This one is particularly rewarding.
- Bernstein over Rachmaninoff - Easy opponent.
- Brahms over Moussorsky - Whatever.
- Liszt over Mozart - My upset special.
- Wagner over Mendolssohn - Haven't seen either of these on ESPN lately so my opinion may be stale.
- Vivaldi over Schubert - Didn't expect this result.
- Handel over Schumann - Also beat Schuman during the regular season.
Playing out the matchups results in a final four of Debussy, Gershwin, Copland, and Handel with Aaron "Trash Talk" Copland winning it all.
Tournament bracket PDF here. To those non-American or non-sports fans, this is a take on the men's college basketball tournament now in progress. Me, I'm rooting for Stanford and Purdue in the women's tournament. And for Joan Tower in same...