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Conductor movies

Twitter hashtag of the week: classical music lovers everywhere enjoyed procrastinating for a while on Tuesday morning by inventing spoof movie titles involving conductors’ names under the hashtag #conductormovies.

Entries included “The Last Klemperer,” “Thelma and Luisi” (variant: “Thieleman and Luisi”), “The Wizard of Ozawa,” “Mitropoulos,” and my personal favorite, “The Cook, the Thief, his Wife, and Jane Glover.”

By the afternoon, the titles were proliferating (and repeating: several iterations of all of the above, plus “Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Boehm”), and one enterprising radio website started producing mockups of movie posters for some of these works.

I’m not sure whether this kind of thing is calculated to quell or support worries about the future of classical music and technology, but there sure are a lot of people eager to jump on the bandwagon when a game like this comes along. (Witness #operaplot, now about to start its third year.)

Anne Midgette came to the Washington Post in 2008, when she consolidated her various cultural interests under the single title of chief classical music critic. She blogs at The Classical Beat.

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