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Musicians with other professions...Borodin was a chemist, Ives sold insurance and others had fame in other fields. Many were
self taught, see: Self taught classical musicians many influenced by family members or mentors.
Some prominent musicians left their original professions to devote full time to music and leave their daytime jobs.
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Musician who studied Law:
JOHANN CHRISTIAN BACH
JCF BACH planned to be a lawyer at University of Leipzig.
EMMANUEL CHABRIER was a lawyer and a
government bureaucrat recieved his law degree in 1862
ERNEST CHAUSSON pursued law studies at his father's behest. In 1877, he was
sworn in as a lawyer in Paris and in that year, he wrote his first
CHRISTOPH Von DOHNANYI studied law before switching to music and his
brother Klaus was mayor of Hamburg.
EDWARD ELGAR worked in a lawyer's office.
HENRI EMILE ENTHOVEN
G. F. HANDEL
THOMAS de HARTMANN
JOHANN DAVID HEINICHEN
LUDWIG HOLBERG (GRIEG)
FRANCIS SCOTT KEY
NICHOLAS Von KRUFFT
EMIL Von REZNICEK
JOHANN HERMANN SCHEIN
ROBERT SCHUMANN started as a law student in Leipzig and Heidelberg.
JEAN SIBELIUS entered the University of Helsinki in 1895 to study law, but after only a year found
himself drawn back to music.
IGOR STRAVINSKY was a law student in St. Petersburg until age 23.
EDMUND VANDER STRAETEN
FRANZ Von SUPPE
P. I. TCHIKOVSKY was a legal clerk for four years st Ministry of Justice.
G. P. TELEMANN
MUSIC relating to law:
Copland's ballet, "Hear Ye! Hear Ye!"
Gilbert & Sullivan, "When I Was a Lad"
Schubert Song "Die Advocaten" (The Lawyers), D.37
Strauss "Juristen Ball Polka", and "Juristen Waltz" were dedicated to 'The
Gentlemen Studens of Law at Vienna University' for their ball of 14
Vaughan-Williams The Wasps (Arisophanes satire on the Athenian fondness