Creative Inspiration

Stylised blue-green photos of a monk, a pixellated dog, a close-up spore, a person on a hill, a toy robot and a banana wrapped in chains

The series explores the extraordinary creative collaborations and friendships that composers have had with celebrated figures in other fields: Claude Debussy and Stephane Mallarme; Gustav Mahler and Sigmund Freud; Benjamin Britten and W H Auden; Igor Stravinsky and Serge Diaghilev. 

Their symbiotic relationships have led to some of the greatest developments in the arts in the 20th Century and have profoundly influenced our understanding and appreciation of modern culture. Their groundbreaking work illuminates the human condition and has expanded our thinking about the world around us.