Most people know the great composers with massive strokes of genius had a predisposition toward independent thought and a bizarre sense of reality. Often unaware of “social norms”, they lived in a world that was pure magic or terrifying, yet created art that transcended time and space.
In three unusual excerpts from published profile-type books, we gain a sense of how strange behaviors were part of composers we know so well.
Beethoven counted his coffee beans and usually liked to have around 60 beans to a cup of coffee! Read the full excerpts from Beethoven As I Knew Him by Anton Felix Schindler.
Mozart meowed like a cat while leading a rehearsal and did summersaults like a child. Read the full excerpt from the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry.
Stravinsky regularly stood on his head claiming it cleared his mind. Read the full excerpt from Lives of the Musicians (Good Times and Bad Times) by Kathleen Krull.
Regardless of their strange behaviors, we love them and know you do, too. Next month, Olga Kern opens our season with back-to-back performances of Beethoven. Hear his Piano Sonata in C Major, Op. 53, No. 21 "Waldstein" (SAT / OCT 6) and 10 Variations on a Theme by Salieri (SUN / OCT 7). Don’t miss Olga’s extraordinary artistry; buy your tickets now!