Who the ‘Head are up against
Beethoven, 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 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’
Mozart, 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’
Schubert, 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’
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’
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’