Radiohead Gives Amateur Filmmakers Audio Masters For Concert Film
Radiohead Gives Amateur Filmmakers Audio Masters For Concert Film

Who the ‘Head are up against

Beethoven, Ludwig VanBeethoven, Ludwig Van

Born in 1770, Beethoven was one of the all-time greats. A brilliant pianist, his remarkable concertos and symphonies are all the more amazing considering he was stone deaf. Look out for his fifth and ninth symphonies – they rule.

Radiohead song he would have written: ‘Paranoid Android’

Bach, Johann SebastianBach, Johann Sebastian

Born in 1685, he was the king of fugues and the daddy of all classical titans. His ‘Air On A G String’ is a staple of any classical music ‘hits’ album, having been on a TV advert for Hamlet cigars in the ’70s and ’80s.

Radiohead song he would have written: ‘There There’

Wolfgang Amadeus MozartMozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Born in 1756, he was the original punk, putting a rocket up the establishment with his huge and varied catalogue. Like the Sex Pistols, he burned fiercely for a very brief time.

Radiohead song he would have written: ‘Fake Plastic Trees’

Franz Peter SchubertSchubert, Franz Peter

Born in 1797, he is most renowned as a song composer but also put together symphonies, piano sonatas, operas and chamber music in his short lifetime. His best-known pierce, ‘Trout’ Quintet’ is quite wishy-washy and doesn’t really represent his full body of work.

Radiohead song he would have written: ‘Karma Police’

Igor StravinskyStravinsky, Igor

Born in 1882, this Russian musical powerhouse revolutionised everything. His breakthrough piece – the ballet The Rite Of Spring – caused a riot in Paris on its opening night. Every great late-20th century film soundtrack was influenced by him and he is the most name-checked composer by rock stars. A Genius.

Radiohead song he would have written: ‘Pyramid Song’

Dmitri ShostakovichShostakovich, Dmitri

Born in 1906. One of the outstanding composers of the 20th century, he rallied against brutal Russian regimes with avant-garde forms and brash new approaches to composition. The purists consider him one of the most influential composers and he is no doubt a favorite os Thom and the boys.

Radiohead song he would have written: ‘Idioteque’

© NME July 19, 2003

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