Benjamin Britten. Composer did not have a heart-valve problem that was related to syphilis, new research suggests. Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty Images
Author looks at 70 composers from Beethoven to Britten, also dismissing alcoholism claims
A retired surgeon’s research into the deaths of 70 of the best-known classical composers has led him to conclude that many of them were unfairly tainted with reputations for “venereal disease, alcoholism or sexual impropriety”. Full story.