Famous musicians' secondary careers

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Famous musicians' secondary careers

Post by Dirck Nagy » Tue Dec 27, 2016 6:03 pm

Hi all!

I thought this might be fun: Famous musicians with side jobs.

cheers!
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Here are a few notables:
  • Mussorgsky: Military officer
    Borodin: Chemist
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Naval Officer
    Fernando Sor: Military officer
    Napoleon Coste: Clerk for the French Railways
    Berlioz : Journalist
    Schumann : Journalist
    Schubert: school teacher
    Charles Ives: Insurance salesman
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Re: Famous musicians' secondary careers

Post by Cloth Ears » Tue Dec 27, 2016 6:45 pm

Antonio Vivaldi was trained as a priest but was rubbish at sermons and thus worked at an orphanage as the Master of Violins.

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Post by malc laney » Tue Dec 27, 2016 6:48 pm

Julian Bream would have been a postman in Battersea , but had to mentor JW

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Re: Famous musicians' secondary careers

Post by RichardUno » Tue Dec 27, 2016 6:58 pm

Didn't the famous organist, Albert Schweitzer, have a couple of side gigs?

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Re: Famous musicians' secondary careers

Post by Dirck Nagy » Tue Dec 27, 2016 7:00 pm

and J.S. Bach also had to teach Latin to his choirsters! How could i forget?!?
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Post by Tom Poore » Tue Dec 27, 2016 7:25 pm

Ignacy Jan Paderewski was briefly Prime Minister of Poland.

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Post by simonm » Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:57 pm

Bruce Dickinson: commercial airline pilot

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Post by Erik Zurcher » Tue Dec 27, 2016 9:38 pm

Jaap van Zweden started as a violinist, became concertmaster of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, then switched to conducting: Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Next year he will become music director of the New York Philharmonic.
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Re: Famous musicians' secondary careers

Post by JohnB » Tue Dec 27, 2016 10:01 pm

Bruce Montgomery, a film composer (though not exactly a household name), had a secondary career as a writer of quirky, humorous, sometimes surreal, delightful detective mysteries under the name of Edmund Crispin.
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Post by zupfgeiger » Tue Dec 27, 2016 10:15 pm

RichardUno wrote:Didn't the famous organist, Albert Schweitzer, have a couple of side gigs?
Yes, as well as the famous violinist Albert Einstein.
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Re: Famous musicians' secondary careers

Post by bear » Wed Dec 28, 2016 12:21 am

Domenico Modugno - Member Chamber of Deputies
Sonny Bono - US House of Reps
Gilberto Gil- Brazil Minister of Culture
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Re: Famous musicians' secondary careers

Post by robert e » Wed Dec 28, 2016 3:33 am

Dedicated bongo drummer Richard Feynman won a Nobel Prize in physics.

Ansel Adams pursued a career as a concert pianist until he turned 30, when he switched his focus to photography.

Henry VIII, who moonlighted as king of England, was reportedly an exceptional musician on lute, keyboards, flute, harp, and recorder, sang and composed, and dabbled in a dozen other instruments. His children, Mary and Edward (VI) are said to have been remarkable lutenists, trained by Philip Van Wilder.

Let's see, there was also the prolific liturgical composer Ivan the Terrible (not his pen name).

Frederick II of Prussia wrote over 100 flute sonatas and four symphonies, but the demands of leading Europe's superpower during the Seven Year's War ended his music career.

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Re: Famous musicians' secondary careers

Post by jake39 » Wed Dec 28, 2016 3:40 am

Marcelo Kayath - head of Latin American securities with Credit Suisse

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Re: Famous musicians' secondary careers

Post by montana » Wed Dec 28, 2016 5:32 am

robert e wrote:Dedicated bongo drummer Richard Feynman won a Nobel Prize in physics.

Ansel Adams pursued a career as a concert pianist until he turned 30, when he switched his focus to photography.

Henry VIII, who moonlighted as king of England, was reportedly an exceptional musician on lute, keyboards, flute, harp, and recorder, sang and composed, and dabbled in a dozen other instruments. His children, Mary and Edward (VI) are said to have been remarkable lutenists, trained by Philip Van Wilder.

Let's see, there was also the prolific liturgical composer Ivan the Terrible (not his pen name).

Frederick II of Prussia wrote over 100 flute sonatas and four symphonies, but the demands of leading Europe's superpower during the Seven Year's War ended his music career.
Bongo drummer . ...surely your joking

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Re: Famous musicians' secondary careers

Post by Whiteagle » Wed Dec 28, 2016 9:55 am

The Bongo rules! :D :D :D

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