While I do sometimes listen to the 'great composers', I don't read music and admire those who can, so I am totally superficial in judging these books by their covers. Pattern design is a neglected art and there's no shame in paying the designers a tardy compliment; these designs still look bold, rhythmic and harmonious. I would have one as wallpaper on my computer but fear it would probably drive me insane or at least cause permanent retinal damage.
Penguin is rightly proud of their graphic design history and still occasionally produces original and pleasing book cover designs. Let's hope a merger into a publishing conglomerate behemoth doesn't stymie their sense of style.
Penguin shoots and scores [groan, ed.]