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I Read the News Today

Weird and wonderful, it all happened in December

1791 MOZART’S FUNERAL

PAUPER’S GRAVE?

In the film Amadeus, the Classical composer Mozart’s body is dumped out of a reusable coffin into a mass grave. But that’s not entirely accurate. Mozart died on 5 December 1791, and records show that he was sealed in a wooden coffin and buried with four or five other people. This was a typical ‘third class’ funeral, which is how most of Vienna would have been laid to rest in the 1700s.

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