Recently I was listening to a Bruckner Symphony, and therefore needed
something to occupy my thoughts. I started to wonder if conductors'
hairstyles affected their music-making.
Consider the evidence:
Bubble-perm Afros: Levine, Mengelberg, Rattle - distinctive interpreters
with a penchant for flexible tempi.
Baldies: Furtwangler, Mitropoulos, Solti - electric and superintense.
Combovers: Boulez, Haitink, Hogwood - cool and circumspect.
Coiffed: Bernstein, Karajan, Stokowski - self-regarding "Look at me!"
All very compelling and plausible, I'm sure you'll agree. In future, I need
only one glance at a batonist's "barnet" to predict his interpretation.
And finally, were these guys separated at birth?
Hair Bear from the Hair Bear Bunch:
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