Classical Composers' Pop/ Rock Counterparts

Franzanna

In retirement
Okay, I just came up with a silly activity where we work out classical composers' counterparts in the pop genres. These will be worked out by analysing the musical style, fan base or the personality (or all) of the composer and working out who in pop is their closest match. :)

Let's kick-start this mother with Ludwig van Beethoven - which artist is he most similar to?
 

Pachinko

Book Whore
VERY difficult question. As far as certain stylistic tendencies, I would go with either Jimi Hendrix or Led Zep. Both hard hitters. :thumb:
 

CrystalGeezer

My secret's my enzyme.
VERY difficult question. As far as certain stylistic tendencies, I would go with either Jimi Hendrix or Led Zep. Both hard hitters. :thumb:

I think I agree with you. Part of me wants to say The Cure too, big time mood music.
 

Anaesthesine

Angel of Distemper
I love this idea, but it's tough. :thumb:

I honestly can't think of a pop artist who was anywhere near as innovative, sublime, and troubled a genius as Beethoven.

VERY difficult question. As far as certain stylistic tendencies, I would go with either Jimi Hendrix or Led Zep. Both hard hitters. :thumb:

Hendrix is a pretty good answer; who knows what he would have accomplished, had he lived.
 

oye terence

ampersand after ampersand
I do not know why, but somehow, I can somehow see Shubert and especially his unfinished matching up well with Nick Cave.I could just be crazy, though.
 

Pachinko

Book Whore
Any ideas for Wagner? :p ( i always listen to Wagner when i want to feel a sense of power and self confidence)
 
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Franzanna

In retirement
Some good responses. :thumb: I think that Beethoven's counterpart would have to be someone who is very famous, and yet not mainstream, so I think that Jimi Hendrix would be a good choice.

How about Dvorak? I tried listening to him once, but didn't really grip, so I don't know what to say.
 

Pachinko

Book Whore
Dvorak...He is not one of my favorites, but I'll get back to you on that one. I need some more coffee!
 

Franzanna

In retirement
Dvorak...He is not one of my favorites, but I'll get back to you on that one. I need some more coffee!

Yeah, listening to him didn't really do much for me. My aunt reckoned I'd like him because I like The Smiths and Joy Division, but I'm reluctant to put one of them as being him. :p
 

I am a Ghost

New Member
I agree. He's the one composer I listen to when I want to feel powerful! :thumb:

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I always think the prelude to Act 2 of "Walküre" is particularly powerful.

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Pachinko

Book Whore
:thumb:

I always think the prelude to Act 2 of "Walküre" is particularly powerful.

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You read my mind! What other composers do you like? I listen to Bach for clarity and Brahms 1st Symphony for its bittersweet feel.
 

I am a Ghost

New Member
You read my mind! What other composers do you like? I listen to Bach for clarity and Brahms 1st Symphony for its bittersweet feel.

I'm a Sibelius nut. Also, Schubert Lieder, Richard Strauss, Mahler, Elgar, Bax, Britten, Berg, Messiaen, Puccini, Brahms, an endless list, really..
 

Pachinko

Book Whore
I'm a Sibelius nut. Also, Schubert Lieder, Richard Strauss, Mahler, Elgar, Bax, Britten, Berg, Messiaen, Puccini, Brahms, an endless list, really..

I'm impressed :thumb: Glad to know there are other classical music aficionados here!
 
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