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Today in WMH: Modus Operandi: Compose great work; Wait Until You Run Out of Money; Compose Another Great Work. Repeat.

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3/29 Today in Weird Music History: 1902.  English composer William Walton (1902-1983) was born.  The immensely talented composer was a slow worker and was also rumored to have had a lazy streak.  He would generally live off his commissions until he ran out of money, requiring him to write another major work.  He held no posts at music schools, had no pupils, gave no lectures, and wrote no essays; perhaps making him the last composer in history to make a living by only composing music.

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1 Comment

  1. shoreacres says:

    A friend who lived aboard his boat at Gibraltar once told me I had a streak of Spanish fisherman in my makeup – go out, catch fish, sell fish, lounge around until the money runs out. Go back out, catch more fish…

    It sounds as though the good Mr. Walton had the routine down pat.

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