History Jokes: Mozart Anecdotes: the composition of Don Giovanni


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Mozart Anecdotes: the composition of Don Giovanni 
Monday, February 4, 2008, 09:17 AM - Jokes and anecdotes of famous people, Modern Age History
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The most celebrated of Mozart's Italian operas is
Don Juan, which has recently been performed with so
much applause in London. The overture was composed
under very remarkable circumstances. Mozart was much
addicted to trifling amusement, and was accustomed to
indulge himself in that too common attendant upon
superior talent, procrastination. The general rehearsal
of this opera had taken place, and the evening before
the first performance had arrived, but not a note of
the overture was written. At about eleven at night,
Mozart came home, and desired his wife to make him
some punch, and to stay with him to keep him awake.
Accordingly, when he began to write, she began to tell
him fairy tales and odd stories, which made him laugh,
and "by the very exertion preserved him from sleep. The
punch, however, made him so drowsy, that he could only
write while his wife was talking, and dropped asleep as
soon as she ceased. He was at last so fatigued by these
unnatural efforts, that he persuaded his wife to suffer
him to sleep for an hour. He slept, however, for two
hours, and at five o'clock in the morning she awakened
him. He had appointed his music-copiers to come at
seven, and when they arrived, the overture was finished.
It was played without a rehearsal, and was justly applauded
as a brilliant and grand composition. We ought
at the same time to say, that some very sagacious critics
have discovered the passages in the composition where
Mozart dropt asleep, and those where he was suddenly
awakened.

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Genealogy hunter: A court jester's wizdom. 
Monday, February 4, 2008, 08:49 AM - Jokes and anecdotes of famous people, Court Jesters
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Frederick of Saxony, surnamed the Sage, rendered his claim to this title doubtful, by his attention to the descent of his family. A celebrated genealogist had told him, that a copy of his pedigree was preserved in Noah's ark. To substantiate this account, the prince neglected all affairs of state, to the great regret of his ministers, who remonstrated with him on the absurdity, but all to no purpose. At length his cook, who was his favorite buffoon, desired an audience of him, when he told the emperor, that this curiosity to know his origin was neither useful nor honorable. "At present," said the jester, " I look upon you as subordinate only to the Deity; but if you search into Noah's ark, perhaps I shall discover that you and I are cousins, as we have all had our relations there." What the serious advice of his ministers could not effect, was performed by the emperor's cook.

From: The Percy Anecdotes by Sholto Percy
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Queen Elizabeth: Tudor humor 
Queen Elizabeth seeing a disappointed courtier walking with a melancholy face in one of her gardens, asked him, "What does a man think of when he thinks of nothing? " " Of a woman's promises!" was the reply ; to which the Queen returned,''I must notconfute you, Sir Edward," and she left him.

From: The Jest Book: The Choicest Anecdotes and Sayings by Mark Lemon
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Spartans and the arts 
* * *

A Spartan ephor cut two of the strings of a
harp, saying to the performer, " Don't murder
music."

* * *

Some one seeing a picture of Laconians being
killed by Athenians, observed, "Brave fellows,
these Athenians." "On canvas," interposed a
Laconian.

From 'Greek Wit: A Collection of Smart Sayings and Anecdotes' by Frederick Apthorp Paley.
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Colonel Owen's Squad Drill 
Tuesday, November 20, 2007, 03:39 PM - Army and Navy Jokes and Anecdotes, Civil War jokes and anecdotes
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Great difficulty was experienced in furnishing the Pennsylvania troops with shoes at the commencement of the three months service. Those that were furnished were generally much too large for the wearers - a fault which occasioned much merriment and some inconvenience. A raw recruit in Colonel Owen's regiment was being put through the squad drill, when the following colloquy took place

SERGEANT. " Why don't ye mind the others there, Patrick Kelly ? There ye've bin standin' like a spalpeen iver since ye come out, and niver a once faced to the right or left! Shure an' I'll arrist ye! D'ye mind that ?"
PRIVATE. " Ye're mistaken altogether, sargeant. Shure an' ye've been lookin' at me shoes. Devil a bit can I turn thim around! "
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