More composers in fast cars
September 14, 2014 by norman lebrecht
These five come courtesy of Mogens Madsen and Bart Diels, to add to our original collection pack.
First, that Danish racer Carl Nielsen…
followed by Mr & Mrs Paul Hindemith in an open top (she won’t give up the wheel),
Roberto Gerhard out for a ride with his brother,
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.
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