Many composers throughout history have been influenced by one or more muses, many of which have been, believe it or not, of the canine variety. After all, even Ludwig van Beethoven was noted to have had a relationship with Gigons, the dog of the student he proposed to in 1810. Although the proposal did not work out in his favor, Beethoven continued to write to friends about his furry companion and the enjoyment and entertainment he provided.
Possibly even a better example would be that of Frédéric Chopin, who enjoyed his lover’s dog Marquis so much that the initial title of his Minute Waltz was Valse du Petit Chien (The Little Dog Waltz), the playful tune supposedly inspired by watching Marquis chase his tail.
Whether you’re a lover of jazz or classical music, full soundtracks or single songs, giving your dog a famous composer name will surely not only provide it a bit of gentility, but tie two beloved things together with musical eloquence.
Famous Composer Dog Names in Pop Culture
If it weren’t for Beethoven, the image of Saint Bernards in popular culture may have forever been marred by Stephen King’s Cujo, even in all of its simplistic and terrifying brilliance. But instead, it not only created a popular franchise that stretched on through seven different movies, but firmly placed big dogs, especially Saint Bernards, in the hearts and homes of average American families.
Ironically enough, on the topic of clever, famous composer-themed dog names, it needs to be mentioned that the hairy, large, and in-charge star of the movie was actually named… Chris. Yep. Chris. While his real name may not be all that inspiring, his performance on camera certainly was, all thanks to the legendary 80s/90s/00s writer John Hughes (under the pseudonym Edmond Dantés), best known for cult classics like Pretty in Pink and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and trainer Karl Lewis Miller, who also somewhat ironically worked with the dog that played Cujo.
Between Chris, Hughes, Miller and director Brian Levant, Beethoven became more than just a movie character but provided a looking glass into the dynamics of pet ownership, the love, the pain, the hassles and all. On a more entertaining level, Beethoven’s combination of clear intent and perfected nonchalance embodied what many people already think of their own dogs: intelligent, full of personality, and complete with a personal agenda whether we like it or not.
While many of Beethoven’s most memorable moments are exaggerated for the silver screen, who can forget a 200-pound dog shaking water, mud and drool off while he’s on the master bed, showering his owner in a trio of dirty liquids, let alone pulling an entire patio full of adults off their seats? His acts and character-building vignettes may have been scaled to match his size, but at heart, Chris and Beethoven are the perfect reminders of those furry friends we hold dear. They may pester us, annoy us, and even drive us crazy, but in the bigger picture, they provide some of the best companionship people can ask for.
Unfortunately, the film that followed Beethoven, Beethoven’s 2nd, would be Chris’ last act, as he passed away shortly after completing the film, but he left the world a better place, one where 90s movies rich with canine characters could forevermore remind us of the appreciation we have for our dogs and in turn, the love and appreciation they have for us.
Famous Composer Dog Name Considerations
Giving your dog a name is often already a tough job, but doing so cleverly is an even taller order, especially when it comes to finding something equally suitable. If you’re trying to give your dog a famous composer name, or something related, you can always look to the dog’s breed (and breed name), overall look or even personality for inspiration.
For instance, Beethoven and Chopin were German and Polish respectively, so if you have a dog that has one particularly strong lineage, it’s safe to say a composer with the same origin would be appropriate, such as a German Shepherd named Ludwig or a Polish Tatra Sheepdog named Frédéric.
Looks alone can be a great basis for naming and if you need any further proof, do an image search for Beethoven himself — the guy had some pretty wild hair. Thus, naming your Bichon Frise after him would be perfectly suitable. For this same reason, a poodle named Sebastian Bark or a Brussels Griffon named Strauss would be equally apt.
Finally, a dog’s personality can also be a great way to come up with name ideas. An intense, brooding dog would be perfectly suited by the name Danse, after Camille Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre and Fairy and Sugar-Plum would be great for a slow yet curious dog, like Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy.
Whatever you choose, don’t be afraid to think outside the box. After all, the greats were inspired by some pretty obscure thoughts and ideas, so why can’t you?