Robert DuPuy recently concluded his stint as President of Major League Baseball, the organization that operates both the National and American Leagues. He has also had a life-long passion for classical music having studied four instruments.
In this interview with host, Gilbert Kaplan, he reveals:
- Pitchers often listen to classical music “to get into the mood and ready to pitch.”
- His first recording was Glenn Gould’s 1955 performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.
- He has always found time to teach law and listens to Beethoven Sonatas while grading exams.
- He took the recording of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini to Vietnam during the war: “It helped me get through that time.”
- Schubert’s String Quintet is “the most beautiful piece of music ever written – every movement is a masterpiece.”
- His musical fantasy would be to play the trumpet in the pit orchestra for a Broadway play.
- At his funeral he wants Erik Satie’s Gymnopédies played.