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Started by Delighted_User on Jan 11, 2019 10:06:58 PM
Which composers do you always recognise?

Even after just hearing a few bars.

And how does one do it? Although that question is probably unanswerable.

Delighted_User - 11 Jan 2019 22:07:38 (#1 of 45)

There's a problem, of course, in that the older one gets, the more music one's familiar with, so less chance of hearing something one hasn't heard before.

Anyway, in my case: Bach, easily; Mozart, probably; Wagner, God help us. There must be more.

TRaney - 11 Jan 2019 22:10:26 (#2 of 45)

John Adams

barkis - 11 Jan 2019 22:16:37 (#3 of 45)

I was thinking about that just this morning when the oleaginous Petroc Trelawny invited listeners to determine who a piece was by. I think I'm probably best on JS Bach and Mozart. Mozart seems to be livelier than Haydn who composed in a similar style. I find it very difficult with keyboard pieces.

surferboogiewhatever - 11 Jan 2019 22:18:34 (#4 of 45)

I think Mozart is the most instantly recognisable (unless Scott Joplin counts). Mozart to me is as distinctive as George Formby.

solomongursky - 11 Jan 2019 22:19:37 (#5 of 45)

You can hear Elgar a mile off.

TRaney - 11 Jan 2019 22:20:15 (#6 of 45)


helenskywalker - 11 Jan 2019 22:20:51 (#7 of 45)

Just the one piece of music, TRaney?

helenskywalker - 11 Jan 2019 22:21:59 (#8 of 45)

Damn, bad guess.

TRaney - 11 Jan 2019 22:22:11 (#9 of 45)

You’re making a clever joke I don't understand

moto748 - 11 Jan 2019 22:22:41 (#10 of 45)

Lennon And McCartney

ishyomah - 11 Jan 2019 22:23:06 (#11 of 45)

Bach, Mozart, Vaughan Williams and, probably Shostakovich (who I can hear but I can't spell).

PostmodernToss - 11 Jan 2019 22:23:37 (#12 of 45)

If anything sounds like a poundshop early Mozart then it’s probably Haydn.

If anything sounds like late Mozart only slightly better, it’s probably Schubert.

helenskywalker - 11 Jan 2019 22:23:51 (#13 of 45)

I'm not, I was just trying to think of a one-hit composer and suspected your mind might also have done so.

I was wrong.

Delighted_User - 11 Jan 2019 22:23:54 (#14 of 45)

This was prompted by R3's broadcast of the Christmas Oratorio, which paradoxically is the one piece of Bach I've never come to terms with. In particular, the Echo Aria. I can't judge, because I only know it in context, but I'm not sure I would have identified it as being by Bach if I'd simply heard it. Also, it sets my teeth on edge. It's the only music of Bach I've ever heard that I don't love. But I have no idea why.

PostmodernToss - 11 Jan 2019 22:24:18 (#15 of 45)

I really don’t like Haydn, and I adore Schubert.

Delighted_User - 11 Jan 2019 22:26:20 (#16 of 45)

Ah, Schubert is probably another. They're not very simliar, are they? I'm not sure if I could tell Haydn from some other non-Mozart of the time.

barkis - 11 Jan 2019 22:26:28 (#17 of 45)

There are some pieces doubtfully attributed to JS Bach.

WibbleAgain - 11 Jan 2019 22:26:44 (#18 of 45)

JS Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Berlioz, Avo Part, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Wagner, Shostakovich, Philip Grass, John Adams. Very very roughly in that order. Schubert moves up a lot higher if it's lieder.

ishyomah - 11 Jan 2019 22:27:23 (#19 of 45)

Do/did you ever play that car game when you put R3 on and play guess the composer (because one only ever tuned in part-way through a piece)?

PostmodernToss - 11 Jan 2019 22:28:24 (#20 of 45)

Tchaikovsky is pretty distinctive. In a good way, obviously. He’s one of my favourite composers.

Ravel’s orchestration is quite distinctive, as is Prokofiev’s.

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