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Map: See Where Famous Composers Have Lived in NYC
Friday, July 06, 2012
Real estate in New York isn't just a modern-day obsession. Some of history's great composers have found both shelter and inspiration in Gotham's apartment houses, hotels and tenements.
Gustav Mahler was inspired to write part of his Tenth Symphony after watching a funeral procession pass on Central Park West. Leonard Bernstein composed West Side Story while crammed in a studio at the Osborne on W. 57th St. Benjamin Britten and W.H. Auden collaborated on a failed opera while living with other bohemians at 7 Middagh Street in Brooklyn Heights.
Using the below map see where famous composers called home at various points in their lives.