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Famous Classical Music Works Featuring Gambling Throughout History

We all love to gamble, right? Well in today’s blog we’re putting down the online slots and games for 5 minutes as we take a look at gambling music and classical music composers. And even though they may seem like polar opposites they actually have more in common than you think!

Classical Works Inspired by Gambling

When you think of classical music songs, you probably wouldn’t relate this to classical music for gamblers would you! But did you know that there are actually classical works that are inspired by the hobby we all love, gambling!

Let’s have a look at the top 4 gambling inspired classical musicians shall we? Some of them may even be familiar to you:

  1. The Gambler opera by Sergei Prokofiev - This was an opera split into four acts with classical music for gamers. The story was decided as an operatic subject in 1914 and was written between November 1915 and April 1916. The opera then received its first performance in 1929. The opera is based on gambling wins and losses mixed with a story of true love.
  2. The Queen of Spades by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - This is another opera split into three acts with its premier taking place back in 1890. The lead character sings in all seven scenes including classical music for gaming enthusiasts. Again this is a story based on love and bad luck in gambling.
  3. Jeu de Cartes, also known as Card Game, by Stravinsky - This one is a Russian Ballet with characters that include chief cards in a poker game like Joker, Queens and Aces. The scenes, renamed as ‘deals’ end when the Jokers straight flush is beaten by a ‘natural’ royal flush, however Stravinsky was not a poker player himself.
  4. Casino Paradise by William Bolcom - Finally this was a musical theater composed by Bolcom feature multiple tracklists

Classical Musicians Related to Gambling

You probably wouldn’t expect to see classical music in casinos but what we have seen over the years is classical musicians who have either been gamblers themselves or have used gambling as an inspiration to create their masterpieces. 

Unlike Stravinsky (we mentioned him just now) he created his ballet despite the fact he wasn’t a poker player, however the following three musicians all enjoyed gambling:

  1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - he was a prolific and influential composer of the classical era. In the late 18th-century there were rumours that gambling debts had taken a big bite out of Mozart's earnings but experts were never able to confirm the lingering suspicions
  2. Gioachino Rossini - an Italian composer who ran a gambling casino in the opera house guaranteeing himself a profit. Running a gambling casino in the opera house while the opera was going on, and having the ballets that performed during intermissions of the opera!
  3. Niccolo Paganini - he was an Italian violinist, violist, guitarist, and composer, one of the most celebrated ones of his time. It was reported that he once pawned his violin to pay off gambling debts and had to borrow a violin to play in a concert.

All three musicians cementing their name in our history. And speaking of history why don’t you check the list of the most famous gamblers in history too. We wrote the blog 7 Most Famous Historical Gamblers which is yet another fascinating read! 

And just when you thought gambling couldn’t possibly be related to anything else would it shock you if we said it had a connection with famous paintings too. But, who did the most famous gambling paintings of all time? Read our blog 5 Most Famous Paintings Featuring Gambling Throughout History for more insight. 

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