A woman was taking a vacation in Vienna at the end of October. A friend had dared her to walk through a cemetery on Halloween and she had decided to take her up on the dare.
The woman had been walking through this somewhat creepy cemetery for a while. It was an evening when it was almost frosty and there was a light mist on the ground.
Being all alone in the cemetery, the woman was getting chills, but at the same time she was really pleased with herself for being brave enough to take on the dare.
All of a sudden, she heard music and stopped dead in her tracks.
She looked around her, but there was nobody around at all. The cemetery was deathly still and quiet apart from the music.
So, the woman plucked up her courage and started looking to see where the music was coming from.
Eventually she located the source of the music and found it was coming from a grave with a headstone that read, “Ludwig van Beethoven”.
She realised that the music was the Ninth Symphony and what was really odd was that it was being played backwards.
Puzzled, she left the graveyard and somehow persuaded her friend to return with her.
By the time they arrived back at the grave, the music had changed. This time it was the Seventh Symphony, but as before with the Ninth Symphony, it was also being played backwards.
Really curious by now, the two women decided to consult a music scholar.
He was also intrigued by their strange story and agreed to return with them to the cemetery.
When they arrived back at Beethoven’s grave, the Fifth Symphony was playing and the expert concluded that the symphonies were in fact being played in reverse order and each one was being played backwards.
Well, as you might imagine, the word of this strange phenomenon spread like wildfire and it wasn’t long before a huge group of people had gathered around Beethoven’s grave.
By this time the Second Symphony was being played backwards.
Just then, the graveyard caretaker turned up and approached the group.
Someone in the crowd asked him if he has an explanation for the strange music.
“Oh, it’s nothing to worry about”, the caretaker said. “Beethoven is just decomposing!”
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