A tourist in Vienna is going through a graveyard and all of a
sudden he hears music. No one is around, so he starts searching for
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 the music is Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and it is
being played backward.
Puzzled, he leaves the graveyard and persuades a friend to return
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 crowd has gathered
around the grave. They are all listening to the Second Symphony
being played backward. Just then the graveyard’s caretaker ambles
up to the group.
Someone in the group asks him if he has an explanation for the
“I would have thought it was obvious,” the caretaker says, “He’s
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