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Classic FM Drive with John Brunning 5pm - 7pm
We all remember the great composers, but what happened to them after they were famous? You won't believe the transformation...
We all remember the great Ring Wrangler in his pomp... but would you recognise him today? Photo: Getty
Oh. Oh dear.
Emotional and enigmatic, and obviously rocks a pocket watch like no other. How does he look now, though? Picture: Getty
Umm... not looking so good these days.
Who could forget the boyish good looks of Frederic Chopin? Has he managed to keep them?
Wig, frilly shirt, oodles of talent. But what does he look like now? Photo: Getty
Ugh, oh dear. Age has wearied him.
Handel electrified the London set in his prime thanks in no small part to his en-pointe wig game, but what became of those youthful looks? How does he look now?
Hmm. Not quite the same features as the 18th century.
The Russian piano legend was renowned for his classic grumpy demeanour. But when was the last time you saw him? Photo: Getty
Hard to tell if he's still grumpy.
The magnificent Fin was always a dapper man in his youth, but what about now? Photo: Getty
Finland's finest... but no longer as dashing.
Grumpy, emotional, complex: Beethoven was also mistaken for a tramp once. How does he look these days? Photo: Getty
Oh blimey. What happened to those looks?
Strauss I was one of the most influential composers of his generation. These days, though... Photo: Getty
Crumbs. Not quite so radiant as he once was.