Author looks at 70 composers from Beethoven to Britten, also dismissing alcoholism claims
Benjamin Britten. Composer did not have a heart-valve problem that was related to syphilis, new research suggests.
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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
Dalya Alberge (The Guardian) / May 15, 2018
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