Which great composer always carried a ball of knitting?

He found it useful for relaxation. Who was he?

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Clue: Anniversary coming up.

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  • Richard Rodney Bennett was also a keen knitter in later life.
    Feldman (let’s go for a positive angle on him) liked Turkish rugs but not as a practitioner. He died a rich man as a result of this interest.

  • Mozart used to play billiards to relax, Strauss liked to play cards for the same reason, Schoenberg relaxed with playing three-dimensional chess, Debussy escaped from domestic quarrels by delving in his garden. Only Bach relaxed professionally, by writing cantatas.

    • …and is it true that after a period of composing Puccini would ring a little bell and the girlfriend would come to assist in his relaxation?

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