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The Cemetery Where Mozart Was Buried

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There is a strange legend that I have heard told about the cemetery where Mozart was buried.

After the great compiser Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart passed away, he was buried in the churchyard of St. Marx in Vienna in his native Austria. The interesting thing is though, his grave is unmarked.

Not long after Mozart was buried, late one night a drunk was walking through the St. Marx cemetery and heard some strange noises. THey appeared to be coming from the area where Mozart had been buried.

Terrified and in mortal fear, the drunk ran out of the cemetery and got hold of the priest to come and listen to the strange sounds.

The priest, albeit reluctantly, went with the drunk man into the cemetery and to the area where he had heard the strange noises. He bent down and put his head close to the grave and he was able to hear some faint, unrecognizable music coming from the grave.

Frightened, the priest and the drunk ran and contacted the town magistrate.

When the magistrate arrived, he too bent down and placed his ear close to the grave. He listened for a moment and said, “Ah, yes, I recognise that strange sound. It’s Mozart’s Ninth Symphony, being played backwards”.

The magistrate listened a while longer and said, “Now I can hear Mozart’s Eighth Symphony and it’s also being played backwards. This is most puzzling”.

So the magistrate kept listening and after a few minutes he said, “There’s the Seventh Symphony, the Sixth and now the Fifth”.

Suddenly the magistrate realised what was happening. He stood up and announced to the crowd that had by this time gathered in the cemetery.

“My fellow citizens, there is nothing to worry about. It’s just Mozart decomposing”.

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