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Music on House, MD serves a unique purpose. Both helping to defining the series' central character, (the maverick medical genius Dr. Gregory House) and forwarding the series narrative, the music of House is almost a character in its own right.

Music often serves as a backdrop to key scenes, particularly dialogue-free montages that explain both the action and emotions taking place on screen. Often evocative, but crossing genres from classical to classic rock; blues to heavy metal, the House soundtrack is almost as eclectic as the musical tastes of the central character.

House, himself, is a musician, and his home is filled with musical instruments, including a grand piano, several Gibson guitars (a "Dobro," a "Les Paul" electric, a classic "Flying V" electric and a "Jumbo" acoustic), and even a banjo. House keeps a harmonica in his desk drawer as well. House prefers jazz and blues, it seems, but has been shown playing Bach on the piano and Italian arias on his ever-present iPod. He has sung from Romberg's The Student Prince — a romantic aria — which runs quite counter to his usual persona.

About Barbara Barnett

Barbara Barnett is Publisher/Executive Editor of Blogcritics, (blogcritics.org). Her Bram Stoker Award-nominated novel, called "Anne Rice meets Michael Crichton," The Apothecary's Curse The Apothecary's Curse is now out from Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books.Her book on the TV series House, M.D., Chasing Zebras is a quintessential guide to the themes, characters and episodes of the hit show. Barnett is an accomplished speaker, an annual favorite at MENSA's HalloWEEM convention, where she has spoken to standing room crowds on subjects as diverse as "The Byronic Hero in Pop Culture," "The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes," "The Hidden History of Science Fiction," and "Our Passion for Disaster (Movies)."

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