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Tourist in Vienna
« on: September 22, 2016, 03:02:13 pm »
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 the source.

He finally locates the origin and finds it is coming from a grave with a
headstone that reads: "Ludwig von Beethoven, 1770-1827". Then he realises
that the music is Beethoven's 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 crowd 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.

"I would have thought it was obvious," the caretaker says. "He's
decomposing."
Best wishes,

Duncan

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Re: Tourist in Vienna
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2016, 06:09:40 pm »
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If it's not used by a native speaker it's not idiomatic. And idiom trumps grammar every time. Jack Wilkerson†

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Re: Tourist in Vienna
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2016, 05:05:01 am »
So in the end, Beethoven would have composed nothing.   :).

I found a lot of information on the internet on playing music backwards.  This refers to just reversing audio waveforms, and the result seem unidentifiable by ear.

I also tried to sing a simple song like "Mary had a little lamb" in the reversed note order.  The result sounded like a different song.

Just fooling around over a joke.  :)  --- tk

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Re: Tourist in Vienna
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2016, 11:16:27 am »
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Best wishes,

Duncan