Much of the music of the period reminds one of the automobile and the airship. It is daring, clever, complex and utterly mechanical…Of course, a fine technical equipment is a very desirable thing, and nothing of worth can be accomplished without it; but should ‘What do you think of my cleverness?’ be stamped so aggressively over nearly every score that we hear?

Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel. “Is Technique Strangling Beauty?” January, 1911. (In response to his third visit to America).