<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by serge urtizberea:<BR><B>I wonder how strongly others think that almost, if not every, composer has a distinct sound. My question seems a little silly since how could they NOT unless they were plagiarizing... I know. But I mean in more specific details: the composer's standard rhythms, orchestrations, keys, chords, patterns. In other words, the whole sound of a composer's output.<P>I can unmistakably pick out Beethoven's sound before I even recognize the name of the work. It's uncanny, but I love it and hope it never goes away. Ludwig uses his strings in a unique layering and timbre (using the right word here?). His orchestration is very unique... as is Brahms, Chopin, Berlioz... I find I can often pick out the Berlioz "sound" and usually with Brahms. Mendelssohn has a nice, cultured, pastoral sound, I tend to think. Of course, Mozart and Haydn's is unmistakeable, although telling the two apart confuses me constantly. Bach's sound tends to mean standardbearing baroque to me even though there are probably a dozen baroque sounds. Liszt, Grieg, and Tchaikovsky I associate by the nationalistic flavor thry mix in thier music.<P>Does anyone think of composers in this regard? Am I generally accurate with my assessment?</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Serge,<P>Very interesting. I sometimes percieve colors when listening to music. Dvorak's music has a tendency to evoke in me shades of brown. This, though, is more of a work by work thing than and person by person thing. Beethoven's 5th, for example. The first movement evokes the colors Red, Brown, and light Blue to me. The second movment evokes light yellows, blues, and greens, the third darker colors, and the 4th is an explosion of bright orange, yellow, and Red. The 3rd Symphony is mostly bright, light blue, and bright, light orange. Perhaps this is because I'm also an artist.<P>Regarding Mozart and Haydn, there is a fairly distinct difference to them. Haydn is merely happy, whereas Mozart is either extremely, boyantly bouncy or very, very dark and moody. Haydn's music has a tendency to evoke light yellows and browns, whereas Mozart is literally all over the place.<P>Bob
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