Tuesday, February 17, 2009
The studios of composers, writers, artists and the like are fascinating. The re-created studio of Arnold Schoenberg in the former Schoenberg Institute in Los Angeles was full of sweet details, and the Bartok house in Budapest was one of my favorite places in that town. (Bartok had a smallish Bösendorfer in the house, with a surprisingly gentle action, it was impossible to get louder than a typical Steinway's mezzo forte!) But I'm partial to the most modest spaces. Lou Harrison, for example, built two interesting houses, but most of his composing was actually done in a small camping trailer away from the house. And here is an interactive page dedicated to Roald Dahl's garden hut in Buckinghamshire.