More composers in fast cars

September 14, 2014 by norman lebrecht

1 comment.

These five come courtesy of Mogens Madsen and Bart Diels, to add to our original collection pack.

First, that Danish racer Carl Nielsen…

nielsen carnielsen car2

followed by Mr & Mrs Paul Hindemith in an open top (she won’t give up the wheel),

hindemith car

Roberto Gerhard out for a ride with his brother,

roberto gerhard car

and Hans-Werner Henze in a getaway car after the riotous 1968 première of his oratorio ‘Das Floß der Medusa’, dedicated to Che Guevara. The RiasKammerchor refused to sing under a red flag, the librettist Ernst Schnabel was thrown through a glass door and the police led a baton charge. The concert was cancelled. The photo shows Henze making his escape.


hans werner henze getaway car

Comments (1)

  1. Peter says:

    Dutch composer Willem Pijper was another great car lover.
    There’s an interesting photograph on the website of the Pijper foundation

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