This is what you do:
- Be angry, because a piece is too hard for you.
- Be annoyed, because a piece reminds you of Stravisnky (and you’ve decided You’re Just Not That Into Stravinsky).
- Listen to a much better piece immediately before the piece you’re going to criticize.
- Drink some fine Belgian beers, immediately before making criticisms.
- Associate the musical “isms” in the piece with political “isms” that followed in the next decade, creating the Second World War.
- Focus on irrelevant aspects of a piece’s structure.
- Be preparing equally accomplished, and more charming, Martinu piano concertos for that very week’s classes.