2/4 Today in Weird Music History, 1781: A major influence on Mozart, Josef Mysliveček dies of syphilis. The composer of 55 symphonies and numerous other works was once one of the most famous composers in Europe. Mysliveček’s disease had earlier left him noseless after a botched operation. Once hailed as “The Divine Bohemian,” he dies poor and alone in Rome. But his life story has inspired novels and also an opera, “Il Divino Boemo” (1912), by Czech composer Stanislav Suda.
Today in WMH: Once a titan, he dies without a penny…or a nose.
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