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By Tim Rayborn

Beethoven’s Skull is an strange and sometimes funny survey of the various unusual happenings within the historical past of Western classical song. Proving that sturdy tune and stunning tabloid-style tales make very good bedfellows, it provides stories of revenge, homicide, curious injuries, and weird fates that span greater than thousand years. Highlights include:

A cursed track that kills those that pay attention it
A composer who lovingly cradles the top of Beethoven’s corpse whilst his is still are exhumed part a century after his death
A fifteenth-century German poet who sings of the real-life Dracula
A dream of the satan that evokes a virtuoso violin piece

Unlike many tune books that start their histories with the 17th or eighteenth centuries, Beethoven’s Skull takes the reader again to the area of historic Greece and Rome, progressing throughout the center a while and the entire approach into the 20 th century. It additionally seems at myths and legends, superstitions, and musical mysteries, detailing the ways in which musicians and their friends were particularly terrible to each other over the centuries.

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