13 December 2008

Saturday Satire - Beethoven's Music

A tourist in Vienna is going through a graveyard and all of a sudden he hears some music. In a peculiar way, the music sounds vaguely familiar. No one is around, so he starts searching for the source.

He finally locates the origin and finds it is coming from a grave with a headstone that reads: Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770-1827. Then he realizes that the music is the Ninth Symphony and it is being played backward!

Puzzled,he leaves the graveyard and persuades a friend to return with him.

By the time they arrive back at the grave, the music has changed. This time it is the Seventh Symphony, but like the previous piece, it is being played backward.

Curious, the men agree to consult a music scholar. When they return with the expert, the Fifth Symphony is playing, again backward. The expert notices that the symphonies are being played in the reverse order in which they were composed, the 9th, then the 7th, then the 5th.

Later that day the word has spread, and a throng has gathered around the grave. They are all listening to the Second Symphony being played backward.

Just then the graveyard's caretaker ambles up to the group. Someone in the crowd asks him if he has an explanation for the music.

"Oh, it's nothing to worry about" says the caretaker. "He's just decomposing!"


Elaine said...

Oh, I like that. I had not anticipated the ending, although now it seems the only possible one!

~An9eL~ said...

So morbid it's actually funny :p

Annette said...

I couldn't anticipate the ending either,but it is funny.

dickiebo said...

Oouuuccchhh! Or, perhaps; hhhcccuuuoO!

Rae!xx said...

Thanks for my Saturday fix....:) xx

Lakeland Jo said...

very good- like Elaine I didn't see the end coming

Anonymous said...

I wondered where that was going, LOL.

Very good though!