Smoking kills…

Smoking kills…


norman lebrecht

January 08, 2016

boulez stockhausen cigarette

… slowly.


  • John Borstlap says:

    I wanted to comment with something witty, but my wife, two daughters, and most of my staff strongly advised against it.

  • Charles G. Clark-Maxwell says:

    Seeing Boulez and Stockhausen together here reminds me that the whole wonderful generation has passed now:

    Xenakis, Ligeti, Feldman, Cage, Henze, Berio, Nono, Kagel, Lutoslawski, Carter

  • Peter says:

    Opera is dead. Let’s smoke it.

  • Simon S. says:

    Despite being obviously much taller, the face of the guy on the right looks a bit like the one of Lionel Messi (anyone here ever heard of him?). 😀

  • Stephen says:

    Helmut Schmidt was a chain-smoker all his adult life yet lived to be 96 – in good health too, apart from some difficulty in walking.

  • Greg says:

    I remember seeing a photo of Pierre Boulez uncorking a bottle of wine with a cigarette hanging from his mouth. It was an old photograph; considering the ease with which he conducted orchestras even in his later years indicates he quit smoking decades ago.

    But maybe not. Maybe Woody Allen was right all along (see: movie, Sleepers).

  • Petros LInardos says:

    “Smoking is for all but some exceptional subjects, incompatible with successful aging and compromises life expectancy even in extreme longevity.”