14 American Composers and Their Furry Friends
Ever wondered if Leonard Bernstein was a dog or cat person? Or if Glass had a feline helper while composing at the keyboard? Check out this collection of photos that proves that even the best music is better with a furry friend.
Samuel playing "Barber" to his sheepdog's hair.
Apparently Gian Carlo Menotti shared not just a home and two operas with Barber, but also a love for dogs!
On the other hand, prolific 20th-century composer Alan Hovhaness preferred cats. Here he is with Rajah Mahatmah Hoyden, whom he nicknamed "Haydn."
Like Hovhaness, John Cage had a soft spot for black cats.
Thelonius Monk's furry friend watches the musical magic happen! (But she could probably do without the cigarette smoke.)
I guess you could say Henry Cowell's cat was more pretty "paws-on" when it came to the composing process.
Jennifer Higdon's cat, Beau, checks out her owner's latest composition.
As far as Wendy Carlos's Siamese is concerned, composing time = snuggle time.
Then again, for Leonard Bernstein's dachshund, really ANY time is cuddle time.
Philip Glass and his cat play the moody blues . . .
. . . while John Philip Sousa is just, well, moody. (You know it's bad when three dogs can't put a smile on your face.)
At least film composer Bernard Hermann cracks a smile while posing with his pooch.
Amy Beach, her pal, and her cat are the picture of elegance.
Nico Muhly's cat doing some interpretive dance.
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