Manuel de Falla, the Spanish composer, was very much a hypochondriac. He didn’t have a strong constitution, but also suffered from minor illnesses (headaches, digestive disorders and rheumatic pains).
He was so apprehensive that he was even afraid of the energetic hugs that the painter Zuloaga, a strongly built man from the Basque Country, gave him.
Zuloaga recounted how he went to visit Falla in Granada, and the musician’s sister warned him not to get too close and hug him, because he was very weak. Zuloaga found him surrounded by chairs, protected in a true bunker, as he stretched out his hand so that Zuloaga could not hug him and he told him:
“How are you, Mr. Ignacio? As you see, between my headaches and my chronic diseases, I am barely surviving: so so…..”