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Today in WMH: Second Thoughts Are Sometimes A Good Thing


4/1 Today in Weird Music History: 1831.  While traveling home from Italy, French composer Hector Berlioz has second thoughts and scraps his plan to murder his fiancée…and her new beau…and her mother.  He had purchased a dress and wig to disguise himself as a woman, stolen a set of pistols to carry out the triple murder, and purchased several vials of poison as a backup.  So by changing his mind, he probably avoided meeting the guillotine he so aptly described just 1 year earlier in his Symphonie Fantastique.



  1. shoreacres says:

    Well, here’s the proof positive that life can be hard – hard! I tell you – even for the talented.

    When I hear stories like this, I always wonder: why did he decide to do it, and why did he re-decide? People are amazing creatures.

    • rlbaldwin2 says:

      So true. I left out the part about the fact that the pistols each had two shots, which implies that he was perhaps saving a bullet for himself. It truly could have been his own huge ego that saved him as he reflected on what this would do to his fame and legacy. Just think of the masterpieces that would never have been composed!

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