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    Default Great caricatures of composers

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    A famous caricature by Cham, at Getty Images HERE, with Berlioz standing holding his baby Les Troyens & a young Wagner in the costume of Tannhauser, trying to steal the baby. Basically says that Wagner did nothing much else but steal Berlioz's thunder, so to speak. Quite a controversial statement this, with a good grain of truth, but I don't know much else of it, except first saw it in a book (which I still have) decades ago.

    It's title is Success and Failure, alluding to the failure of Les Troyens and the success of Tannhauser, suggesting it's unfair as the latter was rehash of the former. It is quite an ironic contrast.

    Sorry couldn't paste image as it's under copyright restriction, protected, for some reason...
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    Our Aussie label Tall Poppies has some good caricatures on it's covers.

    Here's one of Shostakovich -



    Some great ones of Edgard Varese, looking a bit of a scientist of sound, which is exactly how he saw himself (he said he wasn't a composer, well not in the conventional sense of the word). SEE THIS for example at Lebrecht Collection (again, protected).

    PIcasso's portrait of Stravinsky is not necessarily a caricature, but near enough, I think. Simply a masterpiece of line drawing (Image a bit large so just click link)...

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    THIS famous caricature of Bartok, which actually gives a bit of an idea of what his music is like, or must have been like to audiences back in the 1920's (damn, again copyright protected, so pls click link)...

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    There are some really good ones of Rossini floating around. Here is one, but I couldn't find another one I saw a while back of him cooking pasta, his favourite hobby being cooking. He even published some cookbooks! But this will have to do for now -


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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidMahler View Post
    The Raisin Brahms commercial is my favorite thing ever. Including everything.

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    American caricaturist made some great pictures of many famous people that captures also somewhat their personality, including many composers, sometimes he made multiple drawings of the same composer. Here's a couple I found right now:












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    Here's a famous one:

    Schubert, with the singer-friend, Michael Vogl



    No wonder he left so many fragments!!


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    Here's one of Mahler's conducting gestures. Despite the nature of the caricature, Mahler IS considered a composer, right?

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    Here are a couple of Erik Satie.


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    Here's a similar one of Mahler - a particular favourite.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hector View Post
    Gotta love the image of Beethoven in this one.

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