More composers in fast cars

More composers in fast cars


norman lebrecht

September 14, 2014

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


  • Peter says:

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