Beethoven's Skull: Dark, Strange, and Fascinating Tales from by Tim Rayborn

By Tim Rayborn

Beethoven’s Skull is an strange and sometimes funny survey of the various unusual happenings within the historical past of Western classical tune. Proving that sturdy tune and stunning tabloid-style tales make first-class bedfellows, it provides stories of revenge, homicide, curious injuries, and unusual fates that span greater than thousand years. Highlights include:

A cursed track that kills those that listen it
A composer who lovingly cradles the pinnacle of Beethoven’s corpse whilst his is still are exhumed part a century after his death
A fifteenth-century German poet who sings of the real-life Dracula
A dream of the satan that conjures up a virtuoso violin piece

Unlike many track books that start their histories with the 17th or eighteenth centuries, Beethoven’s Skull takes the reader again to the area of historic Greece and Rome, progressing in the course of the heart a while and the entire method into the 20th century. It additionally appears to be like at myths and legends, superstitions, and musical mysteries, detailing the ways in which musicians and their friends were relatively terrible to each other over the centuries.

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