Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Classical Music - Sunday 14 June 2015, 9pm

Tonight, Catherine Bott asks 'Which composers would you most - or least - like to go to the pub with?'

Now that summer is here, Catherine Bott is tempted by the idea of having a nice evening drink, which has led her to contemplate which of the great composers would have made good company in the pub?

So tonight she's imagining taking herself off to The Red Hedgehog, a real inn situated in downtown Vienna where Schumann and Brahms were regulars, and so was Schubert. 

Brahms ate lunch with friends there every day. His staple dish was goulash, accompanied by a fine Tokay wine. The staff kept a barrel of it in the cellar just for him.

Schubert's favourite watering holes were The Anchor, the Red Cross, and Bogner’s, where he and the owners became good friends. 

Meanwhile Franz Liszt's friends were worried that drinking made him depressed, although they were also astonished at the sheer amount of alcohol he could put away with no ill effects on his command of the piano. 

Find out more about these, and other red-nosed composers, on tonight's show. 

Classic FM Apps

Get the Classic FM app for iPhone, iPad and Android - now with HD audio

Musical abbreviations quiz asset

You won’t get 20/20 on this quiz if you don’t know your musical abbreviations

musician would you rather

This musician edition of Would You Rather is completely excruciating

greatest best man speech

Everyone is saying this pianist gave the greatest best man speech of all time