A woman is taking a vacation in Vienna at the end of October. A friend has dared her to walk through a cemetery on Halloween and she decides to take her up on the dare.
She has been walking through this somewhat creepy cemetery, on an evening when it’s almost frosty and there is a light mist on the ground, and being all alone the woman is getting chills, but at the same time really pleased with herself for being brave enough to take on the dare.
All of a sudden, she hears music.
No one is around, the cemetery is deathly still and quiet apart from the music, so she starts looking to see where it’s coming from.
Eventually she locates the source of the music and finds it is coming from a grave with a headstone that reads, “Ludwig van Beethoven”.
She realises that the music is the Ninth Symphony and it is being played backwards.
Puzzled, she leaves the graveyard and somehow persuades her friend to return with her.
By the time they arrive back at the grave, the music has changed. This time it is the Seventh Symphony, but as before with the Ninth, it is also being played backwards.
Really curious by now, the two women decide to consult a music scholar.
He is also intrigued by their strange story, and agrees to return with them to the cemetery.
When they arrive, the Fifth Symphony is playing and the expert concludes that the symphonies are in fact being played in reverse order and each one is being played backwards.
Well, as you might imagine, the word of this strange phenomenon spreads like wildfire, and soon a huge group gathered around the grave, by which time the Second Symphony is being played backwards.
Just then the graveyard caretaker turns up and approaches 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. “Beethoven is just decomposing!”
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