Is there a technical name for a piece of music played in an alternate style?

For example: in a documentary I saw a savant child play a sonata of Beethoven as if Mozart would have played it. Most of the notes were the same, but he added a lot of notes and the rhythm was influenced by Mozart.

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    Perhaps a pastiche? I have a friend whose speciality [& in fact, living] is just that, playing one piece in the style of another… though we never discussed what it may be called.
    – Tetsujin
    Mar 1, 2016 at 12:01
  • This all idea fascinates me, but i'm unable to find any videos linked with that technical name.
    – Idan
    Mar 1, 2016 at 12:06
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    Well, a shameless plug for my friend Harry, his youtube channel - youtube.com/user/harrythepiano & Oxford Online Dictionary definition
    – Tetsujin
    Mar 1, 2016 at 12:09

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I don't think there's a technical term per se, but you could describe it as being "in the style of" another composer. This is at least likely to find some results as a search term.

Charl's term "cover" is good too, though as he points out, it's not typically applied to Classical music.


This would normally be termed a parody (if we're talking about classical music). Of course in popular music, it's simply a cover version!

  • parody:an imitation of the style of a particular writer, artist, or genre with deliberate exaggeration **for comic effect**. Mar 2, 2016 at 14:01
  • It's not necessarily for comic effect, and particularly not so in music. Cf. parody mass: A parody mass is a musical setting of the mass, typically from the 16th century, that uses multiple voices of another pre-existing piece of music, such as a fragment of a motet or a secular chanson, as part of its melodic material. (Wikipedia)
    – Charl E
    Mar 2, 2016 at 14:30

I'd call it a reinterpretation, because that's exactly what it is...reinterpreting the piece as the player thinks someone else would've done it.

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