So what kind of musician are you, anyway?

December 25, 2017 by norman lebrecht


A passing conversational remark triggered this contemporary thought: have our performer prototypes ever been so clear-cut.

If you’re a violinist, for instance, are you a

 or a ?

For cellists, are you hair

 or thair ?

And while on hirsuteness, maestro mops:

 or  ?

Which are you?

What kind of pianist are you?

 or ?

As for managers….

 or  ?

Your call.

Comments (8)

  1. Ricardo says:

    I’m a violinist and neither of the suggestions apply to me

  2. Theodore McGuiver says:

    Was this just an excuse to publish a picture of Mirga?

    1. MJ says:

      No, Theodore. You’re wrong. It was just an excuse to publish a picture of Yuja.

  3. Bruce says:

    Flute player here, so none of any of the above.

    1. RW2013 says:

      “Auch die Flöte hat ihre Geschichte, aber keiner kennt sie”

  4. Simon Scott says:

    Where’s Nicolo Paganini?

    1. Furzwängler says:

      Where’s Hector Berlioz?

    2. Bruce says:

      Reminds me of the story, I can’t remember who said this, but it was back in the 1940’s or 50’s. “We’ve got Kreisler, Heifetz, Elman, Milstein, [etc. etc.], and the only one who looks like a violinist is Einstein.”

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