Which great composer always carried a ball of knitting?

Which great composer always carried a ball of knitting?


norman lebrecht

December 12, 2014

He found it useful for relaxation. Who was he?

nielsen knitting

Clue: Anniversary coming up.


  • shaochi says:

    Carl Nielsen!

  • Pirkko says:

    That’s Carl Nielsen.

  • Hilary says:

    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.

  • Andrew Condon says:

    Sir Colin Davis was also a keen knitter

  • sdReader says:

    What a bunch of sissies!

    Now we need to know which ones play sudoku instead of studying the next score.

  • CA says:

    Was it Sch-knittke? No pun intended?

  • Jim says:

    Purl Hindemith

  • John Borstlap says:

    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.

    • Jim says:

      …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?