Ludwig van Beethoven

Music that Imitates Inanimate Objects

The beginning of the second movement of Beethoven's 8th Symphony imitates a metronome -- a mechanical device that ticks steadily to help musician keep to the beat of the music. Other composers wrote music that ticks, or that imitates other inanimate objects -- including a doll and a typewriter.
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Music In This Episode

Symphony #8

Symphony #101 "Clock"

H'ary J'anos

Cinderella

Syncopated Clock

Typewriter

Tales of Hoffman