Every now and then someone breaks the silence about the drugs musicians use to get them on stage and off.
Mostly beta-blockers. Some with devastating and lasting effect.
Today, in the Australian magazine Limelight, the pianist Simon Tedeschi says he’s had enough of the skulduggery, the drugs and the conspiracy of silence that envelops every level of music administration. Doping, he declares, ‘is part of classical music’.
Read his confession, and weep. If musicians were athletes, the Olympics would have to be cancelled.
The piece that Simon wrote may have been intended in part as deadpan humour, but he’s done musicians a service by airing the issue.