Have you ever notice that composers look just a bit odd in photos? As if they are not quite part of this universe, but just visiting? Here are some examples:
Debussy certainly looks as if he just teleported in from another place, doesn't he?
This is George Crumb, and doesn't he look as if he is just about to dematerialize back into that piano?
And Stravinsky looks like he is just taking a coffee break from dwelling somewhere else.
Harry Partch looks as if he never left that other dimension.
Bruckner? Well it doesn't look like he visits Earth very often!
And Stockhausen can hardly wait to get back to his part of the sky.
Being here in our reality makes Schoenberg rather troubled.
Even Nico Muhly looks a bit glazed.
Prokofiev just whiles away a few idle minutes before he takes that wormhole back to his dimension.
And Puccini is wondering why he dropped by at all!
Shostakovich finds being here on Earth very anxiety-producing.
Even when he is with his friends Prokofiev and Khachaturian.
Even I look at bit puzzled to be here in this quantum reality.
But if we go back a bit, we find composers were a bit more at home in the late 19th century, as we can see in this photo of Mahler. With the exception of Bruckner, of course...
So why is this? Why do most composers look out of place in photos? I think it is because their home environment is sound, not sight. It's a bit like audio recordings of painters, isn't it?