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Funny Pun about Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
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."
© Copyright BJ Rakow, Ph.D. 2013, 2015. All rights reserved. Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So."
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