Funny Pun about Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

Portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven
Portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven | Source

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony

The Miami Symphony Orchestra,

Was performing Beethoven last night.

The selection was Beethoven’s Ninth,

A symphony that is out of sight.


This is one of Ludwig’s longest pieces,

It lasted for well over one hour.

I am always completely amazed

At the musicians’ staying power.


During this very long symphony,

There’s a passage, 20 minutes or so,

When the bass players do not play,

They sit there quietly all in a row.


I was watching all the bassists closely,

And noticed that three or maybe four

Did very carefully sneak off the stage

To go to the tavern right next door.


They were absent just long enough

For each one to have three or four beers.

When they staggered back to their seats,

They almost fell smack on their rears.


I noticed that the flustered conductor

Was having difficulty with his score.

The bassists had tied up all his pages

And they were now lying on the floor.


I realized the bassists had used string

To tie the conductor’s score together.

This gave them much needed extra time

To drink more and be under the weather.


And so the story goes

And should be duly noted,

It’s the bottom of the 9th,

The score is tied,

And the bassists are loaded!

Here is the most recognizable segment of Beethoven's Ninth

Bonus: My Favorite Beethoven Joke

When Beethoven passed away, he was buried in a churchyard. A few days later, the town drunk was walking through the cemetery and heard some strange noise coming from the area where Beethoven was buried. Terrified, the drunk ran to ask the priest to come and listen to it. The priest bent close to the grave and heard some faint, unrecognizable music. Frightened, the priest summoned the town magistrate.

When the magistrate arrived, he put his ear to the grave, listened closely, and said, "Ah, yes, that's Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, being played backwards."

He listened a while longer, and said, "There's the Eighth Symphony, and it is backwards, too. Most puzzling." So the magistrate kept listening; "There's the Seventh... the Sixth... the Fifth..."

Suddenly, the realization of what was happening dawned on the magistrate. He stood up and announced to the crowd that had gathered in the cemetery, "My fellow citizens, there's nothing to worry about. It's just Beethoven decomposing."


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

You are too funny! These puns are becoming some of my favorite hubs. Still laughing which is a lovely way to start my day. Thanks for this.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

You ' gotta be the best joke teller ever! I am listening to Beethoven as i type and it is beautiful. I have never listened to his music. I would love to go to a live opera, maybe i will someday..Thank you for great humor....


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

You got me going! I often wonder if I have time to go out for a beer between moments onstage! Just perfect!!


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I love classical music. Beethoven is one of the best. You have a punny funny bone a mile wide and I love it. I always enjoy them. You joke is a good one.


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sunflowerforests 3 years ago from The light in the forest of doubt.

Ha ha ha ha ha ahhhhh aha ha....like it. Voted up


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poetvix 3 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

The poem was great and had me smiling but the end of the story of his burial was a humdinger. Hilarious!


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota

Love the funny pun and the joke about Beethoven. I'm gonna have to remember that joke for a night out with my friends. Those are some sneaky bassists. Just loved this hub~voted up and hit many buttons.


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Ruchira 3 years ago from United States

Haha...that would be scary and yet funny.

Good one drbj


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

hahahaha How very clever . . . good one! That is a really good joke too.

Voted up +++ and sharing

Still laughing, Faith Reaper


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habee 3 years ago from Georgia

Nice to begin my day with a chuck. Thanks!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

A superb poem filled with humor and human interest. Nicely done and leading us all through the Ninth!

Voted up, funny, and interesting.


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AliciaC 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Reading this hub is such a funny way to start my day, drbj! I love the jokes! Thanks for the clever poem and the amusement.


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timorous 3 years ago from Me to You

Heheh..good one drbj. It sort of reminds me of radio DJ's, who used to put on the longest record they could (Hey Jude..?), then step out for a smoke. There's also a nice little Monty Python ditty called 'Decomposing Composers'. Check it out if you can find it.


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breakfastpop 3 years ago

You are amazing. I have to share this with everyone I know. Voted up, funny and awesome!


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Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

Hahaha! This is awesome. I am sharing this for sure!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

I dunno, Bill, some folks think you shouldn't encourage me. So writing that my funny puns are becoming some of your favorites could tip the scales, y'know. Happy to know you are laughing as you start your day. My pleasure, m'dear.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Ruby. I agree - that portion of the Ninth Symphony is beautiful and unforgettable. Happy to have introduced you to Ludwig. Thanks for appreciating my jokes. Opera is a magnificent experience and if you cannot attend one in person, perhaps one day you will see one on the movie screen. The AMC movie chain features well-known operas on film about once a month.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Just don't tell the conductor you heard it from me, Audrey. Loved the 'just perfect' comment, m'dear.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Becky, good to see you here. There is nothing like beautiful classical music to set a mood or, at times, to provide serenity. My punny funny bone appreciates your visit. Glad you liked the joke, too.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Nice to meet you, sunflowerforests. What a beautiful, picturesque name. Six has, one aha, and one ahhhhh make my day. Happy you liked this and thanks for the Up.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, poetvix. Knowing you were smiling at the end of the pun and found the story (joke) a hilarious humdinger is the highest praise. Thank you.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Nice to see you, Linda. By all means, share the joke and the pun with your friends. They will worship your sense of humor. Trust me. Thanks for the Up, m'dear, and the button-pushing.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Ruchira. Have to wonder what that town drunk was doing in the cemetery in the first place - right? Thanks for finding this to be a 'good one.'


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Since you found the pun very clever and the joke good, too, Faith, you are obviously a connoisseur of vintage humor. :) Thank you for the sharing, the Up and the laughing.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

You are more than welcome, Holle. Wish I could provide you with a chuckle every single day, m'luv.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Mary. 'A poem filled with humor and human interest.' Now that's the kind of comment I love to read. Thank you for the pleasant adjectives and the Up.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

You are most welcome, Alicia, for the jokes, the poem and the amusement. They are the least I could do in repayment for all your fascinating informational hubs.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks, timorous, for sharing that bit about the DJ's on radio who used to put on the longest record they could and then step out for a smoke. They were clever, too. Will check out that Monty Python 'Decomposing Composers' and let you know if I find it.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Amazing, eh, bp. Well, you know what they say - it takes one to know one. Thanks for the kind words, the sharing and the Up, m'dear.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks for stopping by, Crystal, finding this awesome and sharing it for sure. What more could I ask?


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Great one drbj! Very funny!


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

O my....laughing outloud...how clever this was. You just have a knack...

Voted up and shared all around

Happy Saturday

Angels are on the way :)


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks for dropping by, Susan, and your kind remarks. What have you been up to, m'dear?


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Love to hear you laughing out loud, Patricia. Laughter is good for our health. Thanks for your gracious comments, the sharing and the Up vote. My knack thanks you, too. :) Hope your weekend is fun.


dreamseeker2 3 years ago

Pretty clever! Especially the punch line. ; ) Thanks for the laughs. Voted it up.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Happy you found this clever, laughed and voted it up, dreamseeker. Which punch line, m'dear? The pun or the joke or both?


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christopheranton 3 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

Great hub. very funny. The maestro would be tickled pink, if he could read it.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Chris - delighted you enjoyed this. Regarding the maestro, maybe I will see if I can dig him up! Sorry - couldn't resist the opening, m'dear.


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Feline Prophet 3 years ago from India

Just realised how long I've been away from Hub Pages...and how much I have missed your gems!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

And I have missed you, FP. Where have you been, m'dear? Thank you for returning in time to read this 'gem.'


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

I'm still laughing. Up and funny.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, KKGals, I think I can hear you still laughing from here. Thanks for the visit, the Up and the funny, m'luv.


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

Laughing so hard - i'm crying! Bassists are loaded, Score is tied!

AWESOME!

being a word-ho (don't worry - everyone knows...lol) - i assault words all day long - if not on paper- then in my head, so -

I appreciate this!

thank you!

sharing forward


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JayeWisdom 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

Hi, drbj....Thanks for giving me my major "hilarity fix" for the day! This pun, as well as your "decomposing" Beethoven story are both hilarious and--as usual--I had to stop laughing before I could type this comment.

Voted Up++ and shared (everyone needs a great laugh)

Jaye


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JayeWisdom 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

Your profile is as enjoyable to read as your hubs!

Jaye


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Twilight Lawns 3 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

I loved the poem and the joke, and also your very capable writing, drbj.

The ‘Ode to Joy’ wipes me out. I seldom hear it without dissolving into tears... as I am now, listening to this version.

I first heard it when I was about twenty. My then girlfriend stole a copy of the complete work on vinyl for me. There were two discs.

But when I looked, although having studied German in school, I found I didn't have a translation of Schiller's work, so another girlfriend wrote it all otu in longhand for me, although she didn't understand, or know a word of the German Language.

But here’s the strange part, I woke this morning, and althoguh I hadn’t seen your hub, my mind had been going over the 9th all night and all the above re the girlfriends, the discs, the blah blah blah.


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Sheri Faye 3 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

Ha! Thanks for the laugh!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Leslie - so you are a 'word-ho.' Well, then we got to stick together, m'dear. Delighted you are laughing so hard with appreciation. Thank you for the awesome and the sharing.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

What lovely comments, Jaye. It is entirely my pleasure to provide your 'hilarity fix' for the day. Happy you enjoyed both the pun and the joke. Thank you, m'luv, for the Up and the sharing. Like Milton Berle once said, "Laughter is an instant vacation." Amen!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

And thank you, Jaye, for enjoying my profile, too. Now that makes two of us!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

So pleasant to see you here, Ian. Thanks for loving the poem and the joke. Isn't that weird how we both, living on different continents, were focused on Beethoven and his Ninth during the same time period? His 'Ode to Joy' has long been one of my favorites as well.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Sheri Faye. Ha, backatcha and thanks for laughing. Entirely my pleasure, m'dear.


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SilentReed 3 years ago from Philippines

I Ludwig van you pun. It's Beethoven a long time since I laugh. Thanks for the laughter. I am in 9th heavens, your humor is symphony. :)


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Now that's what I call a punny comment, SilentReed. I Ludwig your clever response which aids in managing my Strauss. Please hurry Bach - I'll be waiting for you by Debussy Stop!


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Knowing too many musicians personally, I honestly believe that this is no pun, but a true story.... lol!

And lol at Beethoven's superb decomposing :)

I can now go to bed with Nr.9 in my mind :)


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

That pun may possibly be based on a true story, Martie, some of those musicians are a particularly inventive lot. Delighted you enjoyed the decomposing of ole Ludwig. Hum the Ninth at bedtime and you will have pleasant dreams. Trust me!


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epigramman 3 years ago

Well not only are you a legendary writer here at the Hub (or any other place on the internet for that matter) you are a legendary human being - thank you for being in 'my corner' and supporting me as friend and colleague.

Naturally this masterwork of yours caught my eye because it's one of my all time favorite pieces of music - and I first discovered it from an unusual source - Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange.

Sending you warm wishes from Colin, Tiffy and Gabriel and I have missed you too.

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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

The pleasure has been all mine, Colin, believe me. I relish both our friendship and your extraordinary epigrams, y'know, as well as your legendary comments on my pages. I'm humming, 'Friendship, Friendship, just a perfect blendship ... ' as I write.

Had forgotten about the Ninth in 'A Clockwork Orange' - thanks for reminding me. Sending my love to you and the kittys - hope your weekend is pleasant.


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carolina muscle 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Hahaha... I don't know any Beethoven jokes.. well, ok, I do now. But do you know why Mozart killed all his chickens? Cause they kept goin' BACH BACH BACH BACH. ( ok.. yours are much better. )


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Twilight Lawns 3 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

I've just come back and read this and enjoyed it again... Thank you carolina muscle for looking at it ... and thank you for the mozart joke.

Drbj, when you read the last chapter of my FASCINATING serial, you are going to have a feeling of déjà vu, but to keep you going, watch this and crease up (That means laugh a lot in British):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWGZdYNpaSo


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Too bad, Chris, about all those chickens. They might still be around if they had learned a different selection. Thanks for the Bach joke. He's the guy Arnold wanted to be. Remember? "I'll be BACH!"


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks for returning, Ian, and for the link to Rowan - he does make one 'crease up.' I'm anxiously awaiting for your serial denouement. Deja vu, eh? Looking forward to it!


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old albion 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Hi Drbj. An excellent hub and video. Your credits and fame are indeed well deserved. Well done.

voted up and all / following.

Graham.


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drbj 2 years ago from south Florida Author

It's so nice to have you here, old albion. Thank you for your sublime comments which I shall treasure and the Up vote, etc. Ta ta 'til next we meet.

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