Music Trivia: Answer 10

Just four days after Haydn’s death in 1809, two followers of a phrenologist bribed the gravedigger and stole the composers head. Phrenology is a now dis-credited scientific movement that attempted to associate a persons intellectual characteristics with aspects of cranial anatomy. The story gets more peculiar in 1820, when Haydn’s skull was discovered to be missing and a strangers skull was presented instead of his. Many bizarre events occurred surrounding the skull, until the 145-year-long burial came to an end when the 1954 procession reunited Haydn’s skull with its body. The strangers skull was never removed.

Sources: Classic FM, in Mozart’s Footsteps, The Musician’s Lounge, and Wikipedia.

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