Music, Money, Wine:

The Passions and Addictions of the Great Composers

Sofiya Uryvayeva Martin
Music / Arts & Letters

Course Description

It is amazing how the greatest composers, leading ordinary lives, with the usual high points and low points, created masterpieces that will remain with us forever. What helped them become such great individuals: money or poverty? Could wine have contributed to their creativity? Scientists have researched how music influences the taste or choice of wine. The same wine could taste differently if accompanied by different music. But how does wine influence music? The word "alcoholism" was first coined in 1849, but wasn't really understood back then. What we do know is that a surprising number of great composers were fond of the bottle. The list of heavy-drinking composers includes Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius. There are no reports of Bach getting drunk – but he did once order eight gallons of beer. In this performance by the phenomenal pianist Sofiya Uryvayeva Martin you will hear masterpieces of the great masters: Beethoven, Schubert, Tchaikovsky and more. Can you hear alcohol in the music? You decide!

About the Instructor

  • Pianist, Dr. Sofiya Uryvayeva Martin has performed with great success throughout the world, including in the United States, Mexico, Switzerland, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Italy, and Austria. She was born in Siberia into a musical family. She graduated from the Odessa Stolyarsky Music School for highly talented children. While in Germany, she earned both Master's and Doctorate degrees in music performance. Her electrifying virtuosity and exquisite musicality brought her numerous prizes in international competitions. In 2014, due to her superlative achievements in the music field, the State Department of the US government granted her American citizenship, a rare privilege reserved for individuals of extraordinary ability, recognizing these honorees as "the best of the best" in their field of endeavor. Sofiya's YouTube channel has become very popular in promoting classical music around the world, with many videos of her live performances. Modern composers from all over the world have dedicated their music to her, and she has performed at numerous world premieres. Sofiya's concerts have been described by critics as "a festival of all the senses," "a magic ride on the witch's broom," and "brilliant technique with soul."