A top tenor heard a busker singing Puccini and it stopped him in his tracks
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Classical music and dogs have a long history. Whether it's composers, conductors or performers with their furry companions, we can't get enough of pictures of dogs in classical music.
This charming scene from a party at the Wagners' house clearly shows Tristan & His Owner (sorry).
Sir Arthur Bliss and author JB Priestly are enjoying the English summer - with a dog in the shade.
Look closely at this picture of the Ballet Russe... what's that in Igor Stravinsky's hand? Poochinella Suite, anyone?
Ah, what a charming scene at the home of Russian cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich. But who's that tinkling the ivories?! A tiny dog, everyone. A tiny dog.
He might be better known for his atonal experimentation than his status as a dog-lover, but Alban Berg was evidently keen on both. We're assuming that the photo is blurred, otherwise there's something up with that collie.
Now, we all get angry from time to time. But Jean-Philippe Rameau used to get so annoyed with his dog barking out of tune while he was playing that he would hurl it across the room, as captured in this charming painting. Someone call the RSPCA.
It's not just classical composers who love to have dogs by their side when they compose - maestro of Broadway musicals Cole Porter also enjoyed a bit of creative canine company at the keyboard.
Violinist extraordinaire Yehudi Menuhin proves he's also a dab hand with dogs as well.
This photo is literally incredible. Not only is Benjamin Britten chatting away to the legendary tenor Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, he's also holding a dachshund. Oh, to be a fly on the wall.
A rather cheesed-off Debussy sits in the woods begrudgingly for a picnic. Looks like his dog isn't too happy about it either.
We're not too sure what's going on in this painting (Fresher's Week at the Vienna Stadtkonvikt?), but at least Schubert's got his faithful hound with him to protect him from the rabble.
Yorkshire-born composer Haydn Wood shows off his powers of dog levitation with his furry friend, Pete. Get a load of those socks, too.
Carl Orff shakes hands with his dog.
French composer Jules Massenet shows he likes his dogs like he likes his moustaches - fuzzy.
More from the Russian cellist and conductor - this time the dog has thankfully been removed from the piano.
Taking us right up to date, here's KJ with the perfect accessory for a night out.
Showing his British credentials, Alfie Boe showed up at the Classic BRITs in 2007 with a bulldog. He's also the proud owner of a golden retriever named Guinness (not pictured).
Maestro Leonard Bernstein relaxes in the bar with some friends.
Still having a good time, Leonard Bernstein is at home this time. And with a different dog.
Legendary conductor Malcolm Sargent shows his softer side with this nuzzly little fellow.
Looking like more like Dame Maggie Smith in Downton, Dame Ethel Smyth relaxes at home with a gorgeous shaggy sheepdog. Aww.