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Climbing trees, falconry, making salad... Great composers really know how to let their hair down, judging by these rare and occasionally odd photographs.
What more you could want? Your beloved daughter and pet dog, a basket full of culinary delights and a shady forest? And yet Claude Debussy just doesn't look like he's enjoying his picnic one bit. Photo: Getty
English composer and conductor Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) playing tennis at home in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, Picture: Getty
"The strings of this racket are too logically arranged for my liking."
Hand on the table is a foul, Maestro. Photo: Getty
And doesn't he look delighted about it?
"Oh hey guys. I'm up a tree."
Pierre Boulez: insane music, spartan kitchen. Picture: Getty
Karajan a bird rather than a baton. 'Karajan'. Like 'carrying'. Ah, forget it. Picture: Getty
Proving himself to be a dab hand at more than one artistic discipline.
Anyone else think there's a hint of Dr. Emmett Brown here?
Crumbs-a-crikey, Peter, is your shirt open all the way down?
Happy and intrepid. Picture: Getty
Still some technique issues to sort out. Picture: Getty
Checkmate, Sergei. Checkmate.
A strong look and no mistake, but is that hat really the pinnacle of road safety?
Gets his own box, obvs. Picture: Getty
Bela Bartok listening to a gramophone while some awkward villagers look on, awkwardly. Picture: Getty