Beethoven as Starbucks Barista?
Many stories have been told about the difficulty of making a living as a composer. Â Modeste Mussorgsky had a civil service job, Charles Ives sold insurance, Alexander Borodin was a chemist, and Leroy Anderson decided a career in music would never pay the bills, so he studied linguistics – mastering 9 languages – eventually accepting a teaching job before giving music one more try.
Beethoven might have had a career as a barista, or at least could have opened a coffee house. Â It is said that, whenever he made a cup of coffee, he meticulously counted out 60 coffee beans. Talk about quality control! Â Inventory would have taken days.
One of the things which makes music so interesting, beyond listening, is the lives of the composers and performers themselves. Â For instance, Mozart is said to have written the overture to Don Giovanni on the morning of the day it was to premiere…while nursing a massive hangover.
Here are some other quirky little tidbits about some of classical music’s favorite luminaries.
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