At least according to Wiki, today marks the anniversary of the composition of “Für Elise” by Beethoven in 1810.  That news brings to mind one of my very favorite Python sketches:

As Dave Barry might say, “Beethoven’s Mynah Bird” would make a great name for a rock band.

I also noticed an assertion in the wiki bio of ol’ Ludwig Van that when Napoleon’s army was shelling Vienna in May 1809, he hid in his brother’s basement with pillows over his ears, supposedly out of fear that the noise would accelerate his hearing loss.  As I posted some while back, during that same bombardment, the old and dying Haydn was using his last breath to try and comfort his terrified domestic staff.   Class will tell.

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