Famous Musicians and Celebrity Look-alikes: Opposites Brought Together

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The TOP ten classical music stars and their modern pop celebrity lookalikes!

I haven't found anything published that compares classical topics with pop culture.  There is no constructive or educational purpose in lining up larger-than-life historical geniuses with modern-day pop or cultural superstars.  However, the challenge of trying it is where the discerning eye becomes useful. 

This is my favorite top-ten list of famous classical musicians throughout history paired with their pop-star doubles, set side-by-side.  Each set could not be more opposite in personality, career or background.  With just a little blurb on the classicists to guide the reader. here are my top ten in no particular order.

1. Eugène Ysaÿe

1858-1931, Violinist, composer. The "Violinist's violinist", he set major trends in the late 19th-early 20th century in string playing.

The look-alike is:

Oliver Platt, actor

Born 1960

2. Peter Warlock

1894-1930.  London-born composer.  Eccentric pre-modernist who used a variety of pseudonyms.  He is usually extremely under-rated, and was famous for his songs and the Capriol Suite.

The look-alike is:

Terrence Stamp, actor

Born 1939

3. Edvard Grieg

1843-1907.  The most important of all Norwegian composers, known for his Piano Concerto and Peer Gynt

 

The look-alike is:

Albert Einstein, scientist/inventor

1879-1955

4. Jean Sibelius

1865-1957.  Finnish composer known for his seven symphonies, Suite from Finlandia and the Tapiola Suite.  His works are dense, complex and exemplary of early modernism.

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The look-alike is:

Peter Boyle, actor

1935-2006

5. Dimitri Shostakovich

1906-1975.  Soviet Russian composer, probably the most revered composer of the 20th century. He was extraordinarily prolific, composing expansive symphonies, string quartets, operas, and a substantial amount of film music.

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The look-alike is

Paul Reubens, actor/entertainer

Born 1952

6. Gioachino Rossini

1792-1868. Italian composer most known for his 39 operas (ie, Barber of Seville and La cenerentola) plus a bit of chamber, piano pieces and songs.

The look-alike is:

John Goodman, actor

Born 1952

7.  Mrs. H.H.A. Beach (pictured as a young woman)

1867-1944.  American composer from Boston, who, at her husband's request, used his name rather than her own: Amy Marcy Cheney Beach.  She was probably the finest woman composer up to this time.

The look-alike is:

Bernadette Peters, actor/singer

Born 1948

7B. Mrs. H.H.A. Beach (photographed in her later years)

The look-alike is:

Cloris Leachman, actor

Born 1926

8. Sarah Caldwell

1924-2006.  American opera conductor and stage director.

The look-alike is:

Roseanne Barr, American actor/comedian

Born 1952

9. Aaron Copland

1900-1990.  In a top-ten list of American composers all on his own, he was reknowned for forging modern music with American folk styles. 

The look-alike is:

Arnold Stang, actor/comedian

1918-2009

10.  Ludwig van Beethoven

1770-1827.  German composer and pianist.  Beethoven defined the transition from Classic to Romantic periods in Western musical composition

 

The look alike is:

Johnny Depp, actor.  This photo is from the New York production of his starring role in Sweeney Todd.

Born 1963

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