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Composers were just as prone to drug-fuelled excess as their modern rock star equivalents, from alcohol to opium and most things in-between. Discover who did what in our gallery.
The serialist pioneer Alban Berg was also an asthma sufferer, so much so that he overdosed on prescription medicine designed to alleviate the symptoms. Scholar Magnar Breivik says in an article on the composer: "Berg suffered from insomnia, not least because of overdoses of medicine supposed to soften his severe asthmatic pains. He desperately tried to reduce his trying condition through drugs."
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