Program Details

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

  • Originally from Siberia, pianist, Sofiya Uryvayeva Martin, PhD, was granted an "Einstein visa" due to her superlative achievements in the music field. She has performed with great success throughout the world, including in the United States, Mexico, Switzerland, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Italy, and Austria. Her 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 numerous world premieres. Uryvayeva Martin'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."

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