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Left; Detail of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart from Mozart family portrait by Croce. Right; and AI representation of the scene in Vienna.	Source: Public Domain

Mozart's Ass Emptied a Room - And You Can Still Hear This Funny Event in History!

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Picture this: Vienna, 1782. The grand ballroom is packed with 400 royals and nobles, all dressed to the nines, eagerly awaiting the next masterpiece from the one and only Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Little did they know, the genius composer had a hilarious trick up his sleeve!

Who was Mozart, you ask? Only one of the greatest composers of all time! Born in 1756, Mozart composed over 600 works, including symphonies, operas, and choral pieces, by the time he died at the young age of 35. His music was revolutionary, blending emotional depth with technical brilliance, making him a star in the courts of Europe.


But Mozart wasn’t just a musical genius; he had a mischievous side too. Enter his cheeky six-piece canon titled "Leck mich im Arsch" (yep, you guessed it, "Kiss my ass" in English!). He waited until his friends were suitably tipsy at this glitzy event before springing his surprise.

Six female choir singers took the stage and, in front of the stunned audience, began to sing "Kiss my ass" with perfect harmony.

Now, why did this cause such a ruckus? Well, Europe’s elites prided themselves on their refinement and propriety. To them, Mozart's prank was scandalous, a shocking breach of decorum. They scurried away in shock and disgust, their dignity in tatters. Meanwhile, Mozart's oldest pals couldn't contain themselves. They were rolling on the floor, gasping for air, tears streaming down their faces as they basked in the comedic brilliance of their old friend.

So, next time you think classical music is all serious and somber, remember Mozart's unforgettable prank that literally emptied a room. His genius wasn’t just in his symphonies and operas, but also in his unparalleled ability to make even the most regal of settings erupt in laughter!

Top image: Left; Detail of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart from Mozart family portrait by Croce. Right; and AI representation of the scene in Vienna.      Source: Public Domain

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Gary is an editor and content manager for Ancient Origins. He has a BA in Politics and Philosophy from the University of York and a Diploma in Marketing from CIM. He has worked in education, the educational sector, social work... Read More

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