Monday, March 2, 2009

Happy Birthday Smetana!

Today marks the 185th birthday of the famous Czech composer Bedrich Smetana. (one of Jessica's personal favorites)

Did you know that he was deaf and suffered from a terrible case of Tinnitus? He described the annoying ringing in his ears as "the shrill whistle of a first inversion chord of A-Flat in the highest register of the piccolo." (according to Wikipedia)

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