Classical-music fans invent titles for ‘budget’ classics on Twitter at #BudgetClassical


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Classical music doesn’t often inspire passionate pile-ons on Twitter -- at least not on the Justin Bieber or Kim Kardashian level. So we’re happy to note a popular Twitter trend, viewable at #BudgetClassical, in which users riff on the titles of famous classical pieces by re-imagining them as low-budget versions of themselves.

The trend has been seen on Twitter in the past, but it was revived this week and has inspired a number of creative tweets.


L.A.’s own classical radio station KUSC (91.5 FM) has also gotten into the act, taking time out from its pledge drive this week to tweet its own ‘budget’ classics such as Berlioz’s ‘Eggs & Benedict Overture’ (after ‘Beatrice and Benedict’) and Bela Bartok’s ‘Picokosmos - Etudes for Casio Keyboard’ (after ‘Mikrokosmos’).

Here are some recent #BudgetClassical tweets that are especially witty:

@mahlersoboes: The Abduction from the Seedy Strip Club (after Mozart’s ‘The Abduction from the Seraglio’)

@violinscigars: Adagio for String (after Barber’s ‘Adagio for Strings’)

@stravinskyite: The Merry Wives of Winston-Salem (after Nicolai’s opera ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’)

@ellisrobbie: Short Ride in a Toyota Celica (after John Adams’ ‘Short Ride in a Fast Machine’)

@scareduck: In The Closet of the Mountain King (after Grieg’’s ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’) @stravinskyite: Slonimsky’s Earwax (after Adams’ ‘Slonimsky’s Earbox’)


@mahlersoboes: The Shrubs of Rome (after Respighi’s ‘The Pines of Rome’)

@DaCameraSociety: Schubert’s Guppy Quintet (after Schubert’s ‘Trout Quintet’)

@NaxosUSA: Holst’s The Comets (after Holst’s ‘The Planets’)

@mahlersoboes: Nixon in Chinatown (after Adams’ ‘Nixon in China’)

As a side note, @stravinskyite happens to be Alan Chapman, a KUSC-FM host and a teacher at the Colburn Conservatory.


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-- David Ng