Catching All The Classics

, , , , , | Hopeless | September 8, 2017

(A couple with a five- or six-year-old daughter is browsing in my bookstore. After checking out the children’s books for a bit, the girl comes up to my desk.)

Girl: “I like your music. It’s catchy.”

(This may have been the first time the Beethoven String Quartets were described as “catchy”, but you have great taste, little girl!)

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  • Tyler T

    Beethoven is very distinguishable.

  • Torbjörn Axelsson

    Just had to listen to one of them randomly. And yes, it _is_ catchy.

  • Souless night

    Actually the second… given it’s a repost

  • Katherine Alice Thompson

    Nice 🙂

  • ViolaNut

    Definitely not the first time. There’s some extraordinarily earworm-y stuff in there. Second mvmt. of 130, last mvmt. of 18#3, first mvmt. of 18#6, the “Es muß sein!” bit of 135… yeah. Lots of catchy. 🙂

    • As I mentioned when this was over on unfiltered, Hall of the Mountain King, probably one of the most earwormy catchy pieces out there

      • ViolaNut

        …that’s neither Beethoven nor a string quartet. It’s incidental music to the play Peer Gynt and it’s by Edvard Grieg. [/musicnerd]

      • Riviellan

        They used a modified version as the theme to the animated show Sonic the Hedgehog.

        • The inspector Gadget theme is a modified version too

          • kelemvor

            And the music for “Manic Miner”!

      • K’Zad Bhat

        Definitely a reason Savatage made use of it. Prelude to Madness is definitely their most memorable song, which is based on Hall of the Mountain King’s piano with electric guitar throughout.

  • kelemvor

    when I was around nine or ten, the class teacher picked some orchestral music for PE lessons. I was intrigued, so I asked mum if she’d get me the set.
    Which is how I ended up with a cassette of “The Planets” suite.