Classic Music Mysteries

Young or old, which one of us is not fascinated by an unsolved mystery or watching a thrilling suspense movie? Especially if it has a  happy ending, right?

 Similarly,  throughout the years there have been – not a few classical music mysteries –  many remaining to this day.

Music From Dead Classical Music Composers?

In 1970, Rosemary Brown, a Londoner and mediocre pianist, claimed to have had a direct communication channel with long-dead great composers.

Rosemary Brown

Apparently famous composers like Beethoven, Schumann and Bach were all lining up to dictate their works to her. Among other pieces supposedly channeled to her were Beethoven’ s  10th & 11th  symphonies.

Unlike other mediums who could, at best, improvise, Rosemary distinguished herself by actually writing down the music.

She was so gifted and convincing that she received accolades from Litz experts,  after performing classical music channeled from dead composers.

Two Skulls In A Tomb

Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809) was an Austrian composer. He was without question, one of the most important figures in classical music’s development during the 18th century.

He had been buried for only eight days when, two phrenologists, wanting to find the source of the composer’s genius, stole his head.  

The robbery was not discovered until eleven years later, when Haydn’s patron,  Prince Nicholas Esterhazy, wanted his remains transferred. Then the quick-witted phrenologists gave him a different skull to bury the body. 

In 1895, however, the real skull was found and willed to one of Vienna’s music societies.

The grand reunion between the real skull and rest of the body took place in 1954. However, the substitute skull was not removed and so there lies two skulls in a tomb.

But which one is Haydn’s and to whom does the other one belong?

That is the question.

Who murdered composer Alessandro  Stradella?

Alessandro Stradella is best remembered for his breathtakingly beautiful chamber music.

Alessandro Stradella

He had also distinguished himself by writing music for the Queen of Sweden.

Yet he lived a colorful,  but immoral lifestyle.  His embellishment of money from the church and his high-profile affairs with married women resulted in his downfall and eventual death.

After several failed attempts on his life, he was stabbed to death by an assassin in 1682.

Who done it?

The killer’s identity remains a mystery to this day.

How Did Beethoven Die?

How many of the following symptoms does one need in order to die?

  • Abdominal pain

    Ludwig von Beethoven
  • Bronchitis
  • Poor digestion
  • Deafness
  • liver damage
  • excess of fluid in the skull
  • a swollen spleen
  • a shrunken pancreas
  • lead poisoning

These, among others, were among a catalog of symptoms which may have contributed to the composer’s death.

But the actual cause of death still remains a mystery to historians and doctors.

Last Song On The Titanic               

Gallant acts of self-sacrifice, unwavering courage, and stories of bravery and heroism.

What was the last song played by the  Titanic’s musicians?

Mere words cannot describe the last moments aboard the ill-fated Titanic, during its maiden voyage in the early morning hours of April 15, 1912.  From the engine room crew to the wireless operators, it was all hands on the deck which helped to minimize the number of deaths.

From Dance To Gospel Music

However, some of the real unsung heroes were the Titanic’s musicians. This gallant band stayed on board performing until the last lifeboat was loaded.  But what was that last song that was played and why was that important?      

In the absence of conclusive evidence, the three  contenders  are:

“Nearer My God To Thee?”          

“Autumn” or

“Oh God, Our  Help In Ages Past.

But that last song played still remains a mystery.

What is also somewhat of a mystery is why the musicians chose to stay on board until all hope of rescue was gone. Yet, who can say how many lives were saved or hope restored because of the music?

One thing is certain –  eternal in the heavens lives the memory of that gallant band.

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Sources: Britannica.com

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