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OK, Buzzfeed‘s not the most… respectable… source for articles about our business. But this one (which is complete with pictures) demands some pushback:

18 Classical Composers, Ranked By Hotness
Players gonna play

18. Wilhelm Richard “Velvet Cap” Wagner
Here we see Wagner reclining on a basket of flowers, all like, “You can ride my Valkyrie, sweetheart.” Too bad Willy was NOT a chill guy.

17. Peter “Giggle Chins” Tchaikovsky
Give me a man who can rock a three-piece tartan suit any day.

16. Frederick “Lady Killer” Chopin
Freddy, baby, nocturne me.

15. Johann “O Rly?” Sebastian Bach
Don’t you just want to touch whatever is under that wig?

14. Claude “Little Hands” Debussy
Clair de Hottie, am I right?

13. Johannes “Skeletor” Brahms
Put away those lullabies, doll.

12. Franz “Wild Thang” Schubert
Those luscious sideburns, that itty cleft chin, those mysterious wire spectacles… What happens when the bow tie comes undone?

11. Ludwig “Fireball” van Beethoven
I hear he’s amazing with his hands.

The Top Ten aren’t any better.

As Buzzfeed might say – O Rly? Go look at the pictures and make up your own minds. But, for my money, with the exception of Chopin, the (young) Brahms, Franz Liszt, and possibly George Gershwin, it’s a pretty homely crew, at least by today’s standards. Maybe things were different in the 1800s, but I don’t think Buzzfeed was online back then.

Clara Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn, on the other hand, were both talented composers and very attractive. So, Buzzfeed – go do some research.

About the author

Robert Levine
Robert Levine

Robert Levine has been the Principal Violist of the Milwaukee Symphony since September 1987. Before coming to Milwaukee Mr. Levine had been a member of the Orford String Quartet, Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Toronto, with whom he toured extensively throughout Canada, the United States, and South America. Prior to joining the Orford Quartet, Mr. Levine had served as Principal Violist of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for six years. He has also performed with the San Francisco Symphony, the London Symphony of Canada, and the Oklahoma City Symphony, as well as serving as guest principal with the orchestras of Indianapolis and Hong Kong.

He has performed as soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Oklahoma City Symphony, the London Symphony of Canada, the Midsummer Mozart Festival (San Francisco), and numerous community orchestras in Northern California and Minnesota. He has also been featured on American Public Radio's nationally broadcast show "St. Paul Sunday Morning" on several occasions.

Mr. Levine has been an active chamber musician, having performed at the Festival Rolandseck in Germany, the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Palm Beach Festival, the "Strings in the Mountains" Festival in Colorado, and numerous concerts in the Twin Cities and Milwaukee. He has also been active in the field of new music, having commissioned and premiered works for viola and orchestra from Minnesota composers Janika Vandervelde and Libby Larsen.

Mr. Levine was chairman of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians from 1996 to 2002 and currently serves as President of the Milwaukee Musicians Association, Local 8 of the American Federation of Musicians, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the League of American Orchestras. He has written extensively about issues concerning orchestra musicians for publications of ICSOM, the AFM, the Symphony Orchestra Institute, and the League of American Orchestras.

Mr. Levine attended Stanford University and the Institute for Advanced Musical Studies in Switzerland. His primary teachers were Aaron Sten and Pamela Goldsmith. He also studied with Paul Doctor, Walter Trampler, Bruno Giuranna, and David Abel.

He lives with his wife Emily and his son Sam in Glendale.

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