ADDoration Ministries
Friday, July 30, 2021
God is SO GOOD; although I have ADD.

Classical music composers


A number of famous classical music composers had habit patterns with evidence of ADD, such as Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert. That figures, because creativity is a positive characteristic of ADD. Bear in mind that we cannot say with certainty that anybody of the past was ADD.

World Book Encyclopedia is one of the sources for my information.


Before I speak about any specific composer, I caution you that not all of them were ADD. The artistic creative person isn't necessarily ADD; although there is some correlation. This list of so-called normal classical composers is conjecture from that World Book Encyclopedia doesn't discuss their idiosyncrasies. At any rate, these composers were not so much known for ADD idiosyncrasies.

Alexander Borodin (music in show Kismet, "Stranger In Paradise")
Frederic Chopin ("Minute Waltz" composer, "Till The End Of Time")
Aaron Copland
Claude Debussy ("Clair de Lune" composer)
Sir Edward William Elgar ("Pomp and Circumstance")
Charles Gounod
Edvard Grieg (Peer Gynt Suite composer, "Mountain King")
George Frideric Handel (Messiah composer)
Joseph Haydn
Franz Liszt ("Liebestraum" composer)
Felix Mendelssohn (many spiritual pieces)
Anton Rubinstein
Johann Strauss (waltz composer, "The Blue Danube")
Antonio Vivaldi



Johann Sebastian Bach could be short-tempered when faced with incompetence or opposition. He sometimes quarreled with employers.

Bach compossed a quantity of church organ pieces. He was a devout Lutheran. He felt that almost everything people do and believe is religious. His organ pieces include "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring", "Tocatta", and "Fugue in D Minor." He is known also for "Christmas Oratorio," which is six cantatas.


Ludwig van Beethoven was quarrelsome, somewhat odd, and hard to get along with. He inherited some of this from his father, who was often drunk and had a bad temper. Later in life, he acquired a second worse handicap of deafness. Recently the news media has come out with the theory that lead poisoning caused both his idiosyncrasies and deafness; however I abstain from voicing any opinion on whether that's valid.

The Beethoven piece most familiar to Christians is "Ode To Joy," which is the music for the hymn "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee."

Beethoven's creative genius is obvious in such familiar piano pieces as "Moonlight Sonata" and "Fur Elise."


Georges Bizet, the opera composer of Carmen, was an impulsive man. He started many works but completed only a few. Certainly a brilliant piece was "The Toreador Song" from Carmen.


Johannes Brahms was a gruff, humorous person. He had a somewhat untidy appearance, with his long hair and flowing mustache and beard. He never married.

Brahms was a friend of composer Robert Schumann. It was devastating to Brahms when Schumann attempted suicide. After Schumann's death, Brahms remained a friend of Schumann's wife, who was a famous pianist (but never any plans for marriage).

Brahms's music creativity covers a variety. Most known is "Brahms's Lullaby"; however the lullaby was derived from one of Brahm's pieces. Another well known Brahm's piece is "Hungarian Dance." He also wrote some beautiful symphonies.


Antonin Dvorak, composer of "Humoresque," was his own worst critic. In 1873, he burned most of the works he had composed; therefore he likely was impulsive.

In addition to "Humoresque," he also composed "Largo," which is sometimes called "Going Home."


Among classical composers, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is perhaps the most mentioned in ADD circles for his idiosyncrasies. However people agree that he was a musical genius. He was impatient, short tempered and impulsive. When he worked for the archbishop of Salzburg, he often quarreled with the archbishop. His other ADD side had a sense of humor that liked puns and practical jokes. He wasn't good at handling money, while his music activities didn't bring in enough income to support his family. He died in poverty.

Perhaps the motion picture Amadeus exaggerated Mozart's ADD tendencies, in order for Hollywood to sell the product.

His creative genius is evident in his piano concertos, "Marriage of Figaro," and "Don Giovanni." He wrote some spiritual music for Catholic masses, such as "Requiem."


Giacomo Puccini was a perfectionist who was concerned with every detail of his operas.  He was hyperfocused.


Sergei Rachmaninoff composed music that is filled with passion combined with a feeling of melancholy. The melancholy of "Rachmaninoff's Second Pianco Concerto" was suitable for adaptation to the popular song, "Full Moon And Empty Arms." The Rachmaninoff piece, "Eighteenth Variation" from Theme of Paginini is quite spiritually meditative.

Both Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky each wrote a piece that was adapted into a popular song about the moon associated with romantic moods.

After his first symphony was unsuccessful, he went into depression, but he eventually came out of it and wrote more successful music. He did leave Russia and come to America in 1917, at the time of the Bolshevik Revolution.


Franz Schubert was a classic example of a man of genius who was so devorted to his art, that he never managed to adjust to the world in which he lived. He never married. He suffered greatly from poverty, because he lived a disorganized and easygoing life. Although he composed constantly and gained some recognition, Schubert managed only to get a few of his works published. No wonder, one of his popular pieces is called, "The Unfinished Symphony;" however later Sigmund Romberg adapted it to a song, "Song of Love," that was popularized by Nelson Eddy and Jeanette McDonald. Also familiar is Schubert's "Serenade."

Because of his being disorganized, one of his greatest symphonies was never published during his lifetime. That great symphony was published after Schubert's death, when Robert Schumann (another composer) had it published. It was published under Schubert's name.

Franz Schubert certainly served Christianity, by composing, "Ave Maria." He composed music for Catholic masses. Some of the Catholic mass music is in today's liturgies in Protestant hymnals (i.e., United Methodist communion liturgy).


As I was saying, Schumann compensated for Schubert's ADD, when he took it upon himself to see to it that one of Schubert's symphonies got published, after Schubert's death.

"Traumerei" is a familiar Robert Schumann composition.

Robert Schumann later in life contracted mental illness, that hampered his working with musicians. Finally he attempted suicide by jumping into the Rhine River, but he was rescued and placed in an asylum, where he died.


Peter Tchaikovsky was a brilliant composer whose music you can sense his moods. Some of his music was melancholy; however he also wrote some very spirited music, especially the ballet,Nutcracker Suite (with popular pieces "Waltz of the Flowers" and "Dance of The Sugar Plum Fairies"). How about "Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto" that was adapted to the popular song, "Tonight We Love." Also "Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony" was adapted into the popular song "Moon Love," and Glenn Miller recorded it. Two of his other biggies were "Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture" and "Swan Lake Ballet."

Both Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff each wrote a piece that was adapted into a popular song about the moon associated with romantic moods.

His sensitivity developed into long periods of depression; however curiously he wrote some of his most cheerful music during these periods. After marriage, he and his wife separated after a few weeks.

I believe that Tchaikovsky had two crosses to bear, because today's gay rights activists call attention to that he was gay. Perhaps that is one of the reasons why his marriage quickly ended. I am sure that his homosexuality was irrelevant to his ADD idiosyncrasies. Please, no remarks about "Dance of The Sugar Plum Fairies."


Richard Wagner is one that you might suspect that his moods were revealed in his music; however I have read very little of his idiosyncrasies. Adolph Hitler used some of Wagner's music to excite the Nazi soldiers. Wagner's marriage was stormy. He was a social activist toward the cause of artistic freedom. But still, Wagner is considered among the greatest composers.

<*(((>< your ADD brother in the Risen Christ,
Lester Hemphill
Founder of ADDoration Ministries