Anecdotes: Musicians, Conductors, Composers & Singers

Interesting, amusing, or biographical incidents about musicians, conductors, composers, singers and divas.
Sir Thomas Beecham

Sir Thomas Beecham was traveling in a...

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Leonard Bernstein

Bernstein’s father was criticized for not...

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Johannes Brahms

As a celebrated composer, Brahms conducted his...

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Maria Callas

In the fall of 1971, Maria Callas taught a...

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Enrico Caruso

Caruso was caught in the great 1906 San...

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George Gershwin

The pianist and wit...

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W.S. Gilbert

Soon after the death of a well-known composer...

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Benny Goodman

In the early part of his career, Goodman...

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George Frideric Handel

The famous soprano Francesca Cuzzoni, who came...

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Jascha Heifetz

Shortly after his appointment as professor of...

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Luciano Pavarotti

This story was told by composer Lalo Schifrin...

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André Previn

In order to assess their suitability for...

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Artur Rodzinski

On a vacation Rodzinski noticed that there was...

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Arthur Rubinstein

We...awaited him in the restaurant. He entered...

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Ernestine Schumann-Heink

Conditions were rather cramped in the Detroit...

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George Shearing

Asked by an admirer whether he had been blind...

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Igor Stravinsky

Stravinsky wrote a ballet for Billy Rose’s...

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Louisa Tetrazzini

Tetrazzini was concerned neither about her...

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Arturo Toscanini

Every Christmas, composer Giacomo Puccini...

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