Posted at 3:32 AM on March 13, 2006
by Valerie Kahler
Filed under: Musical philosophy
Ever wonder what occupies the mind of a radio host at 3 in the morning? Read on:
But - even without these obvious and characteristic insertions, we would still recognize the stamp of these artists. You’d probably know a Hitchcock film from his camera angles or the way he used shadow. The fluid, spare lines of this illustration spell out Hirschfeld clearly enough.
What about Sergei Rachmaninov? He worked the Dies Irae into a surprising number of his compositions...but what about when he didn't? Can you recognize a Rachmaninov from its angles, shadows, lines?
I’ll never mistake a Stokowski transcription for anyone else's. I know Tchaikovsky when I hear him. Same for Satie and Vivaldi and Bach. Beethoven? Does he have a “signature,” or have I just learned which stuff is his?