We tweaked famous composer portraits so they’re all smiling

22 October 2019, 16:46

Smiling composers
Smiling composers. Picture: FaceApp/Getty

By Maddy Shaw Roberts

We put great composers’ portraits through the ‘smile’ function on FaceApp, because the world needs more joy.

Why so serious, lads? We took a selection of the most famous classical composer portraits and put them through the ‘smile’ function on FaceApp.

All much improved, we reckon.

  1. That’s the look of a man who wrote an entire overture on the day of the premiere

    (See: the story of Mozart’s Don Giovanni)

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Picture: Getty/Classic FM
  2. Beethoven -> BAEthoven

    Ludwig van Beethoven
    Ludwig van Beethoven. Picture: Getty/Classic FM
  3. Puccini is just Freddie Mercury, right?

    Giacomo Puccini
    Giacomo Puccini. Picture: Getty/Classic FM
  4. Looks like Brahms has been hanging around the vampire section of the fancy dress shop

    Johannes Brahms
    Johannes Brahms. Picture: Getty/Classic FM
  5. When Brahms smiles, Clara smiles too...

    [insert side-eye emoji]

    Clara Schumann
    Clara Schumann. Picture: Getty/Classic FM
  6. Bach is the friendly old uncle you only see at Christmas

    Johann Sebastian Bach
    Johann Sebastian Bach. Picture: Getty/Classic FM
  7. A slightly cheerier, but still world-weary Bruckner

    Anton Bruckner
    Anton Bruckner. Picture: Getty/Classic FM
  8. Smile, Chopin – your nocturnes are gorgeous

    Frédéric Chopin
    Frédéric Chopin. Picture: Getty/Classic FM
  9. Bit of an awkward, toothy grin from Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev

    Sergei Prokofiev
    Sergei Prokofiev. Picture: Getty/Classic FM
  10. Fixed that RBF for you, Handel...

    George Frideric Handel
    George Frideric Handel. Picture: Getty/Classic FM
  11. A serene, contemplative Ethel Smyth, thinking about her next glorious string work

    Ethel Smyth
    Ethel Smyth. Picture: Getty/Classic FM
  12. Nice falsies you’ve got there, Johann Strauss II

    Johann Strauss II
    Johann Strauss II. Picture: Getty/Classic FM
  13. “What’s the matter with me, baby, what’s the matter with you?”

    Igor Stravinsky
    Igor Stravinsky. Picture: Getty/Classic FM
  14. Mahler, you melt our minds and our hearts.

    Gustav Mahler
    Gustav Mahler. Picture: Getty/Classic FM