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Anyone know any fun facts?

Postby violinist4ever » Sat Apr 01, 2006 11:53 am

Does know anyone know any fun or interesting facts about composers? One of my music teachers was telling us a few stories yesterday and I was wondering if any of you know any... :)
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Re: Anyone know any fun facts?

Postby shostakovich » Sat Apr 01, 2006 3:38 pm

Hi V4E. Maybe you should start with a couple of fun stories your teacher told. I think we'd all enjoy reading them.
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Re: Anyone know any fun facts?

Postby treebeau » Sat Apr 01, 2006 9:00 pm

I once heard that Mozart wrote a piece for 2 violins on 1 music stand. The stand was supposed to be horizontal with one fiddler reading the music top down and the other bottom up. And somehow it works. WHAT the piece is (and if it is TRUE), I don't know.

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Re: Anyone know any fun facts?

Postby treebeau » Sat Apr 01, 2006 9:02 pm

Another...

Vivaldi wrote the SAME concerto 400 times for various combinations of instruments. ;)

Just kidding!!

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Postby Selma in Sandy Eggo » Sat Apr 01, 2006 10:45 pm

Originally posted by treebeau:
Another...Vivaldi wrote the SAME concerto 400 times...
And it works, all 400 times... ;)
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Re: Anyone know any fun facts?

Postby bignaf » Sat Apr 01, 2006 11:23 pm

Scriabin wrote a piece called Mysterium (incomplete) which, according to him, was supposed to bring the universe to a higher level of existence...
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Postby bignaf » Sat Apr 01, 2006 11:24 pm

Rossini was laying in bed writing an aria. the paper on which he was writing slipped to floor. Rossini, too lazy to pick it up, wrote a different aria in its stead.
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Re: Anyone know any fun facts?

Postby navneeth » Sun Apr 02, 2006 5:32 am

You've probably heard it a million (or a billion) times before - Mozart producing the first "pirated-edition" of the the Miserere after having heard it only once, at the age of 12. I got to know about this on Jan 26th while attending one of the most popular annual quizzes that this city plays host, and a day before Mozart's 250th birth anniversary. It was then that I realised the genius of Mozart, and decided to listen to more of his music and western classical in general. And two months later I land up here boring you with details you already know. :D

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Re: Anyone know any fun facts?

Postby Bones » Sun Apr 02, 2006 8:59 am

I think the story about Beethoven's getting mistaken for a vagrant and getting arrested is a good one - his slovenly appearance made him look like a vagrant and his deafness made it hard for him to communicate with the arresting police officers.

Also, the story about Haydn's head, which some guys stole from his grave, is interesting. The head was passed around many people for decades, and one person even kept it on his mantle for years. It was ultimately buried with the rest of his body.

The great composers are an interesting group, and there are many good stories about almost all of them.

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Re: Anyone know any fun facts?

Postby ai4i » Sun Apr 02, 2006 9:30 am

Originally posted by Bones:
...Haydn's head...was passed around many people for decades, and one person even kept it on his mantle for years...
We are glad that they waited for him to die!
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Postby bignaf » Sun Apr 02, 2006 1:57 pm

Mozart actually had to listen to the miserere a second time, to correct a few notes, what a loser! :)
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Re: Anyone know any fun facts?

Postby navneeth » Mon Apr 03, 2006 1:07 am

Originally posted by bignaf:
Mozart actually had to listen to the miserere a second time, to correct a few notes, what a loser! :)
What?!? ;)
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Re: Anyone know any fun facts?

Postby treebeau » Mon Apr 03, 2006 12:40 pm

Tchaikovsky was gay!

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Re: Anyone know any fun facts?

Postby Shapley » Mon Apr 03, 2006 1:45 pm

In all the pictures I've seen of him, he never looked all that happy. :confused:
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Re: Anyone know any fun facts?

Postby DavidS » Mon Apr 03, 2006 1:56 pm

Not being in an era when he could come out of the closet (look what happened to Oscar Wilde), and getting into an ill-fated hetero marriage, must explain the tormented moods and overtones of some of PIT's works.
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Re: Anyone know any fun facts?

Postby Bones » Mon Apr 03, 2006 2:16 pm

Schubert was very poor and shared a room with a few other guys. At one point, the group was so poor, they only had one pair of shoes between them, so they had to take turns going out to get a bite to eat, when they could afford food.

J.S. Bach was employed by the Duke of Weimar early in his career. When the Duke was prepared to appoint another guy as concertmaster, Bach lined up another job at Cothen. When the Duke found out about this, he had Bach arrested and Bach served a stretch in the Duke's dungeon before he was finally allowed to leave and take his new job. Also, Bach once walked 200 miles to hear the legendary organist, Dietrich Buxtehude play.
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Re: Anyone know any fun facts?

Postby treebeau » Mon Apr 03, 2006 11:11 pm

Clara Schumann was NOT a dude.
:)

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Re: Anyone know any fun facts?

Postby treebeau » Mon Apr 03, 2006 11:13 pm

Originally posted by Bones:
Also, Bach once walked 200 miles to hear the legendary organist, Dietrich Buxtehude play.
Man, that would have SUCKED if TicketMaster had sold out before he got there. :D

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Re: Anyone know any fun facts?

Postby DavidS » Tue Apr 04, 2006 6:51 am

Originally posted by treebeau:
Clara Schumann was NOT a dude.
:)

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Neither were Fanny Mendelssohn or Cosima Mozart.

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Re: Anyone know any fun facts?

Postby Bones » Tue Apr 04, 2006 7:58 am

I think you mean Maria Anna "Nannerl" Mozart, Wolfgang's sister, or Constanze Mozart, his wife. Cosima was Lizst's daughter and was married to Wagner.

Of the three, only Nannerl was a high-level musician and composer.

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