THE CLASSICAL COMPOSER AS A COMPLETE DRUNKARD

A surprising number of great composers were fond of the bottle: the full list of the heavy hitters would include Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius. Liszt drank a bottle of cognac a day (but didn’t think he was an alcoholic); Schubert frequented the outskirts of Vienna and roamed around in taverns (as did Beethoven); Schumann was for long an embarrassing drinker. Even on his deathbed, Beethoven was looking forward to the delivery of a case of wine. Just before Brahms died, he had lifted a glass of wine to his lips and said ‘That tastes nice.’

Source: Spectator

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