Just as the Salon traditionalists scorned the Impressionist painters, the French musical academicians were contemptuous of the musical impressionists. The conservatives were already hollering at Claude Debussy, and they only got louder when he debuted his set of symphonic sketches, La Mer. It all seems so silly now.
Pour yourself a glass of wine, sit among your Monets and Renoirs, and enjoy La Mer this week.
You know what they say about revenge and living well!