The little secret in the classical music world - dirty or not - is that the drugs [beta blockers] have become nearly ubiquitous. So ubiquitous, in fact, that their use is starting to become a source of worry. Are the drugs a godsend or a crutch? Is there something artificial about the music they help produce? Isn't anxiety a natural part of performance? And could classical music someday join the Olympics and other athletic organizations in scandals involving performance-enhancing drugs?
Monday, October 18, 2004
Classical Musicians on Drugs
Better Playing Through Chemistry, from yesterday's NYTimes Arts section. From the article: