Photo journal: Composers doing yard work

By Michael Vincent on May 28, 2014

We often think of composers shut-away in their studios, working endlessly upon their scores and commissions. But the truth is out!

Composers, in a frenzy of normality, are quite adept at yard work. Who else is going to trim their hedges, mow their lawns, and weed their flower beds?

The real unfinished symphony…

Aaron Copland sweeping up leaves
Aaron Copland raking up leaves

 

Gustav Mahler taking a break after mowing the lawn.
Gustav Mahler taking a break after mowing the lawn.

 

John Adams trimming the hedges.
John Adams doing some landscaping with a levelling rake

 

Arthur Honegger doing yardwork
Arthur Honegger mowing the lawn

 

Anton Webern planting flowers
Anton Webern planting flowers

 

Karlheinz Stockhausen trimming the hedges
Karlheinz Stockhausen about to trim the hedge

 

John Cage picking mushrooms
John Cage excitedly picking mushrooms

 

Tobias Picker cutting down a tree
Tobias Picker cutting down a tree. (His beard in its natural habitat)

 

Ruth Crawford Seeger chopping wood
Ruth Crawford Seeger chopping wood

 

La Monte Young-should have done more yardwork
La Monte Young weeding.

 

Michael Vincent

 

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