Guess The Composer

Have you ever wondered what your favorite composers would look like if they lived in the The Simpsons universe? Me too…


Fortunately, the powers-that-be at the Simpsons Empire started simpsonizeme.com, a website capable of transforming photos into a Simpsons-style character. At first, I was a little skeptical how accurate the Simpsonizing process was, but after running a couple of popular composers through it, I thought it worked well (with the exception of one).

But don’t take my word for it, see if can recognize the following composers as imagined through the Simpsonizing process (I’ll post the answers tomorrow):

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Of course, this isn’t the first time the comic minds at The Simpsons have grown something funny from the soil of classical music, remember “Performing Gustav Mahler In Abject Squalor?”

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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7 thoughts on “Guess The Composer

  1. It would be a riot to see all of these guys in the same room during a Simpson’s episode just to see how they would have them interact.

    Here are my guesses:
    1 Mahler
    2 Wagner
    3 Bruckner (although I agree with the Hitler comment)
    4 Copland
    5 Bernstein

  2. 1. Mahler? (How does anybody come up with Mahler? Maybe, the hair…)
    2.Wagner
    3.Richard Strauss
    4.Schoenberg (but he shouldn’t be smiling) Wait, wait, it probably IS Copeland!
    5.? Bernstein is more handsome than that, and his hair is more unruly!

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