Top 10 Interesting or Humorous Facts About Classical Music

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1 Circa 1983, Monaco's symphonic orchestra was bigger than its army (85 people in the symphony and 80 men in the army)

Maybe in some other years they had a similar ratio but things changed. In 2013 there were 98 members of the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic and 261 military members.
As of 2017 they have 255 soldiers. - Metal_Treasure

2 Franz Liszt, a 19th-century Hungarian musician, received so many requests for locks of his hair that he eventually bought a dog and sent pieces of its fur to his fans Franz Liszt, a 19th-century Hungarian musician, received so many requests for locks of his hair that he eventually bought a dog and sent pieces of its fur to his fans Franz Liszt was a prolific 19th-century Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist, conductor, music teacher, arranger, organist, philanthropist, author, nationalist and a Franciscan tertiary.
3 Jean-Baptiste Lully died from an overdose of 'musical enthusiasm' - he drove his baton through his foot and succumbed to blood poisoning Jean-Baptiste Lully died from an overdose of 'musical enthusiasm' - he drove his baton through his foot and succumbed to blood poisoning Jean-Baptiste Lully was an Italian-born French composer, instrumentalist, and dancer who spent most of his life working in the court of Louis XIV of France.

He became overexcited during a rehearsal for a concert - Metal_Treasure

You might as well go doing something you enjoy.

Fantastic list, M_T. - PetSounds

4 The London Symphony Orchestra was booked to travel on the Titanic's maiden voyage but they canceled it
5 World's most expensive musical instrument is a Stradivarius violin that sold for $15.9 million
6 The tension of the 230-odd strings in a grand piano exert a combined force of 20 tonnes on the cast iron frame
7 Opera singer Leonard Warren died on stage in 1960 just as he had finished singing Verdi's 'Morir, Tremenda Cosi' ('To Die, a Momentous Thing')
8 The most expensive opera costume of all time was worn by Adelina Patti in 1895 (worth £15 million)
9 A single violin is made from over 70 individual pieces of wood
10 Gioachino Rossini wrote the aria ‘Di tanti palpiti’ while waiting for his risotto in a Venice restaurant

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11 In Joseph Haydn's tomb there are two skulls because his head was stolen and in his tomb was put a replacement skull. The real skull was restored in 1954 but the substitute wasn't removed
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1. Circa 1983, Monaco's symphonic orchestra was bigger than its army (85 people in the symphony and 80 men in the army)
2. Franz Liszt, a 19th-century Hungarian musician, received so many requests for locks of his hair that he eventually bought a dog and sent pieces of its fur to his fans
3. Jean-Baptiste Lully died from an overdose of 'musical enthusiasm' - he drove his baton through his foot and succumbed to blood poisoning
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