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Saturday, November 17, 2007

The Sound Of Music

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A tourist in Vienna goes through a graveyard, and all of a sudden he hears
some music. No one is around, so he starts searching for the source.
He finally locates the origin and finds it is coming from a grave with a
headstone that reads: "Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770-1827."

Then he realizes that the music is the Ninth Symphony, and it is being played
backwards! Puzzled, he leaves the graveyard and persuades a friend to return
with him. By the time they arrive back at the grave, the music has changed.
This time it is the Seventh Symphony, but like the previous piece, it is being
played backwards. Curious, the men agree to consult a music scholar.

When they return with the expert, the Fifth Symphony is playing, again
backwards. The expert notices that the symphonies are being played in the
reverse order in which they were composed, the 9th, then the 7th, then the 5th.

By the next day, the word has spread and a throng has gathered around the
grave. They are all listening to the Second Symphony being played backwards.
Just then the graveyard's caretaker ambles up to the group. Someone in the
group asks him if he has an explanation for the music.

"Don't you get it?" the caretaker says incredulously. "He's decomposing."

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