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« on: August 16, 2017, 10:48:55 AM »

In the 18th century a famous composer divorced his wife because among other things she had the habit of using his original scores and manuscripts to curl her hair. In those days women used paper soaked in hot water, I think, to roll it up and used it as curlers. This composer`s wife thought nothing of it to grab a manuscript and used it thus discarding it afterwords like rubbish.

Who was this composer???..........
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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2017, 12:41:39 PM »

I think it was Haydn...
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« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2017, 02:12:16 PM »

You might want to consider using a single thread for your quizzes if you plan to create more. I believe there's a riddle game thread in this forum..

If you don't mind, where do you get these anecdotes? I'm interested in reading stories about composers.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2017, 08:54:37 AM »

Congratulations "outin" it was Haydn. How on earth did you find out?. I read that years ago in a book about Haydn and stuck in my mind.

As far as "c_minor" question. I pick up interesting anecdotes by reading books about composers. I hate fiction so since my youth the only books I read besides the ones to learn something, are about composers.
As far as not starting a thread for each quizz I haven`t got a clue how to gather them in one thread alone.

The Haydn anecdote might have developed like this..........

"Joseph (J) arrives home very cheerful of his mornings achievements, he has just struck a deal with his publisher and theater manager to publish and perform his "Creation". "Hi Maria Anna (MA)" (his wife), "hello darling" (MA replies). (J) "your hair looks nice, but what`s that smell?" (MA) I`m curling and dying it, nowadays we use urine to lighten the hair because it contains ammonia and also kills lice and bed bugs"". (J) "why are you doing your hair?",(MA) "I`m going with Constanza Mozart and Christoph`s Gluck`s wife to the opera, Wolfgang`s Magic Flute, Euridice and Ephignie might come too". (J) "what`s for dinner?", (MA) "trout", (J) " Schubert`s?",(MA), "very funny", (J) "I`m going to put the last touches to my Creation, I ony need 3 bars to compose and finish it"..........Joseph walks to his piano..........

(J) "Maria Anne"!!!, shouts he, "have you seen a 200 page manuscript on top of the piano?!!!!, MA"
yes honey I use it for my curlers and also I did Constanza`s, Euridice`s and Ephigenie`s this morning",( J) "what???, that was my 2 year`s work on the Creation!!!!, now we won`t have any money to eat!!!", MA "sorry honey I thought it was scrap paper and made rollers for us three girls, why do you have a problem with that?" just write another Creation", (J) "AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH, I`l kill you pregnant dog!!. (MA) well if you can`t write another one why don`t you get a proper job eh!!!, I saw an ad in the Vienna Herald, they need people to empty septic tanks and cess pits all over Vienna, surely you can do that if you can`t write another simple Creation",

furious Haydn picks up a cello bow and rushes to the kitchen and starts bashing Maria Anne, she picks up a big frying pan to protect herself and as Joseph misses a blow with his bow and turns, Maria Anne bashes him on the head with the frying pan, Joseph falls on the ground but luckily he was wearing his wig with a pig tail and the blow leaves him just dazzled on the ground. Maria Anne picks up the baking dish with the cooked trout, potatoes and fish sauce and pours it all over poor Joseph and struts out saying, "you are impossible to live with, I`m going to live with my mother and filing for divorce, all this for your stupid Creation, what a load of rubbish".

They say that after that Joseph Haydn never recovered and was seen in Vienna with a horse and cart emptying cess pits and septic tanks whistling parts of The Creation. One day he met e little stumpy man with a long top hat, a note book in one hand and a pencil in the other, waving his arms all over the place and singing in loud voice; "Freud, Freud, Freud,schoner Gotterfunken tochter aus Elysium wir betreten feuertrunke........", they both joined together one singing the Creation and the other "Ode to Joy", first time ever that was done.........


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« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2017, 09:06:19 AM »

Congratulations "outin" it was Haydn. How on earth did you find out?. I read that years ago in a book about Haydn and stuck in my mind.


Ok, I admit it, I got curious and asked Dr. Google, who seems to know almost everything Wink
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« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2017, 05:47:43 PM »

Ok, I admit it, I got curious and asked Dr. Google, who seems to know almost everything Wink

It is ok to search in  Google for the answer "outin", however you have missed the prize I had in mind for the right answer WITHOUT looking at Google. The prize was £1000, but I`m sure you don`t need the money.....

Better luck next time......
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« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2017, 06:41:54 PM »

It is ok to search in  Google for the answer "outin", however you have missed the prize I had in mind for the right answer WITHOUT looking at Google. The prize was £1000, but I`m sure you don`t need the money.....

Better luck next time......

Indeed I was not in it for the money at all Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2017, 08:15:29 AM »

Indeed I was not in it for the money at all Smiley

In that case do you mind to lend me £100?......
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« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2017, 09:48:29 AM »

In that case do you mind to lend me £100?......
Sorry, I only have euros Sad
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