They say brilliant minds have the heaviest souls. The more accomplished or advanced an individual is, a shift seems to occur to provide balance. It is the creative, analytical and progressive thinkers that are labeled as weird, quirky or plain crazy by the general population. Until a grand discovery or result is provided, it is not often the label dissolves on its own. Famous composers in classical music history have a long resume of oddities that do not seem to harmonize with their legendary Musical contributions.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mozart is perhaps one of the most renowned composers in history. His genius works are elegant and timeless. As one of the greats, he is still well known and played after the passing of over two centuries. Those who knew him, would also claim he had some different habits. He bored easily and filled his time with wat seemed as comedic reliefs for the moment. He is said to enjoy behaving as a cat during practice sessions and while in groups. Leaping about tabletops and meowing loudly would likely make him stand out in a crowd. In light of this feline fact, he remains a master of his Classical craft.
Satie was a French Composer from the Nineteenth Century. Famed for his piano suites, he also had a comedic side. He titled his works with odd names that contradicted the typical Classical themes. While most considered it as a unique trait, it may have been a clue into the other parts of his life. We are used to creative persons lavishing in color and tone, yet Erik Satie found himself at the other end of the spectrum. Enjoying the monochromatic side of style, he owned multiple velvet gray suits that were completely identical. He wore one continuously until it was in disrepair before reaching for the next in the lineup. This coincides with the many letters he had written to himself where some described his desire to eat only white foods.
This Austrian composer had a fascination or obsession with numbers. He generated lengthy lists of accounted repetitions. These logs depicted how many times he did various things in a day. Forging numerical patterns in his music was not a secret, however he was the only one who knew the configurations. This can easily be contributed to autism or an obsessive compulsive disorder if it were not for the next detail. There are two funerals Bruckner was known to have attended. Beethoven and Schubert had services only months apart. When Anton stepped up to pay his respects, he shocked fellow mourners by grabbing the skull or head of the deceased. He held on so tightly he had to be physically removed from the scene.
It is hard to imagine the energy behind the scenes can have hints of a conflicting perception of their surroundings. It appears a distinguished higher level of thought and imagination can translate into its own class. We as a whole are fortunate to have individuals who walk to the beat of a different tune for they are the greatest innovators of our time.