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  • Welcome back.

  • Today, we will be talking about the five biggest...

  • Oh yeah, it's-

  • This channel's gonna go all conspiracy all of a sudden.

  • Joe Rogan, watch out!

  • Yeah, Joe Rogan.

  • Should we make one of those like,

  • clickbaity thumbnails? Like...

  • "The truth about Tchaikovsky."

  • "The dark secret about Sibelius."

  • - Ooh... - *gasps*

  • "Was Beethoven really deaf?"

  • Alright, anyway.

  • Anyway, let's get started.

  • Alright, the first one!

  • A ha ha ha ha...

  • If you haven't heard the Requiem,

  • what are you even...

  • do you even call yourself a classical musician?

  • You don't even deserve to watch this channel.

  • Go listen to a req-

  • No, finish this video,

  • and go listen to a requiem.

  • - 90% of people just click off. - Yeah.

  • So there's a lot of...

  • mystery and uncertainty surrounding Mozart's Requiem

  • and his death.

  • 'Cause he actually composed it as he was dying.

  • So the first thing that was kinda strange was

  • Mozart got this from an anonymous commissioner.

  • Nobody knows who actually paid him to write this piece.

  • Mm...

  • A little bit suspicious!

  • It gets even more sus.

  • He wrote this piece while he was getting sick.

  • He was deteriorating health.

  • That in itself is kind of also a conspiracy 'cause...

  • no one really knows how Mozart died.

  • - There's a lot of debates. - Yeah.

  • Some people think he was poisoned.

  • Mozart himself thinks he was poisoned.

  • Other people thinks he just had some disease.

  • But then, even then,

  • - there's a lot of debate to what type of disease he got. - Yeah.

  • There's no evidence for this,

  • but one popular story actually was that

  • Salieri poisoned him.

  • Do you know who Salieri is?

  • He's meant to be Mozart's rival,

  • though some people said

  • they were actually close friends, but...

  • The "narrative" is they were rivals,

  • and Salieri hated him.

  • Because, apparently, Mozart was just a lot better.

  • Oh yeah, a lot more talented.

  • I think that's why

  • Mozart himself thought he was getting poisoned.

  • And it's funny 'cause...

  • you know, the movie, Amadeus, right?

  • In the movie, they actually portrayed the scene

  • where Mozart receives the commission

  • to write the requiem,

  • and the guy that gave it to him is

  • Salieri in a black mask...

  • Ooh...

  • ...symbolising death.

  • Maybe Salielue-

  • Salier-

  • So hard to say the name.

  • (both) Salieri.

  • ...knew he was gonna die,

  • and be like "You're gonna die anyway."

  • "I'm just letting you know."

  • - Yeah. - "Write your last requiem."

  • - Alright, but this is not just it, alright? - Yeah.

  • So Mozart actually never finished it.

  • He died while composing the Requiem.

  • It was finished off by a man named...

  • Brett: So off!

  • Very off. I'm sorry.

  • - "Süssmayr." - But that was Mozart's pupil.

  • Now here's the thing.

  • ssmayr...

  • No, it's Süssmayr.

  • - Alright, see this is already sus, right? - Yeah, Süssmayr. Yeah, Süssmayr.

  • Thessmayr.

  • When he was completing it,

  • he actually hand copied what Mozart had written up to,

  • and copied the whole thing.

  • so there's actually...

  • in the finished draft, there's no evidence showing...

  • - that Mozart- - what was Mozart's and what was his.

  • There is some...

  • I have read some evidence,

  • I don't know how legit it is,

  • that Mozart composed

  • up to the first 8 bars of the Lacrimosa,

  • which is... kind of the most famous one actually.

  • It's kinda creepy that he just finished that theme,

  • and then he was gone.

  • Regardless of how much Mozart actually composed,

  • here's the real seedy bit, alright?

  • In 1950,

  • - the unfinished manuscript was found in Brussels, - Yup.

  • and the last page was torn out.

  • Ooh...

  • So someone stole it from his death bed...

  • - Was it Salieri? - It was Salieri.

  • He's like "I can't give this guy all the credit."

  • Nobody knows. There's a lot of controversy.

  • All that we know is...

  • Beethoven said...

  • There you go.

  • - So you never really know. - Yeah.

  • But go check out the piece.

  • - Yeah. - It is haunting.

  • - It's not like any other Mozart though. - Yeah.

  • 'Cause Mozart is usually so like...

  • light and cheerful,

  • and there's this freaking requiem that's just like death.

  • It's like "Yo, are you alright?"

  • He's like "Yeah, I'm dying."

  • Next one!

  • Was it a suicide note?

  • Mm...

  • Known as the Pathétique-

  • Pathétique?

  • - The Pathetic Symphony. - Yeah, yeah, known as the Pathetic Symphony.

  • I used to actually think that.

  • - Oh, the Pathetic S- Ha ha ha! - Yeah, I thought that's what it meant!

  • 'Cause pathétique used to mean...

  • pathos, like passion, right?

  • I know the meaning means, like, Passionate Symphony.

  • We'll just call it the Pathetic-tique Symphony.

  • This was Tchaikovsky's last symphony.

  • 6th one, yup.

  • Yeah, and then it was...

  • 9 days after it premiered,

  • he died.

  • Dude...

  • How do you time that ****?

  • Yeah!

  • A lot of composers

  • died before hearing their last symphony.

  • - Yeah, but he actually did. - But it's like...

  • It was just too coincidental.

  • I know. I think maybe his willpower was just holding on.

  • He was like "Ugh!"

  • Or maybe something else happened.

  • So there has been a lot of theories going on.

  • During the first performance,

  • Rimsky-Korsakov asked Tchaikovsky

  • whether there was a programme to the new symphony.

  • So by programme, he means

  • - is there hidden meaning behind the symphony - Yeah.

  • - rather than just music for music itself, right? - Yes.

  • Yeah. And Tchaikovsky said there was,

  • but he wouldn't share it.

  • Mhm.

  • He basically said it's gonna be a mystery for anyone to guess.

  • And his quote's like...

  • I'm like...

  • "Dammit, Tchaikovsky."

  • I swear all the composers do this ****.

  • I know! It's just like

  • "I'm not gonna give you guys everything, ha ha ha ha."

  • But here's what gets really interesting.

  • There's so many stories about how Tchaikovsky died.

  • But the official "story" that he died was from cholera.

  • - Basically, cholera- Yeah. - From drinking tap water, right?

  • - Unboiled water, just tap water. - Unboiled water.

  • Glad we live in good times today.

  • Which is like, how do you live your whole life...

  • and then just one day, as a grown adult,

  • - forget to boil the water and die? That's so sus, right? - Yeah, the dumbest-

  • - That's the dumbest reason to die. - Yeah.

  • And right after the premiere of the last symphony.

  • Yeah, like...

  • If it was a freak accident,

  • - like something happened. - Yeah.

  • Okay.

  • But something within his control, with his like...

  • - habits. - Mhm.

  • How do you forget to just boil water?

  • - If you've been boiling water your whole life. - Yeah.

  • - So that's a bit suspicious already. - Mhm.

  • He had symptoms of "chlorea" after the premiere.

  • Cholera.

  • Cholera.

  • Whatever, but...

  • he also refused for doctor to examine him.

  • Really?!

  • That's suspicious.

  • Why would he not want a doctor to look at him?

  • Yeah.

  • It's like, he just wants to die. He doesn't want to...

  • reveal what's actually happening.

  • Like he died on the bathtub, saying

  • he wants to be left alone, all that stuff.

  • Yeah.

  • There's a few theories out there

  • why Tchaikovsky's-

  • - would have "committed suicide." - Mhm.

  • One of those says

  • "Back then the cholera disease"

  • "brought death only in the worst cases,"

  • "which is not his case."

  • Alright?

  • "An expert witness working in British National Poison Unit"

  • "stated that..."

  • "The reported symptoms of Tchaikovsky's illness"

  • "fit very closely with 'arsenic poisoning.'"

  • - Oh... Really!? - Mhm.

  • - So they're saying it isn't cholera. - Mhm.

  • - That's what they're saying. - Yeah.

  • But this ties in quite well to the context of the situation

  • Tchaikovsky was gay.

  • That at the time was very illegal...

  • Not very ille-

  • - It was just illegal in Russia. - Yeah.

  • Yeah, most- a lot of the world...

  • - was very harsh, yeah. - The whole world was like that. Probably, yeah.

  • So...

  • that probably, I think most probably

  • played a mental game with him.

  • - Mhm. - And he even faked a marriage.

  • His marriage was designed

  • to stop people gossiping about his love life.

  • Yeah, actually, apparently...

  • they were only married for six weeks as well.

  • - Bro. - Bro, he tried.

  • That is rough!

  • I mean he just gotta...

  • - I guess it's survival, right? Back then. - Yeah.

  • He had to try his best.

  • And in fact, it says here:

  • "He was in love with Vladimir Davydov."

  • Davydov?

  • Uh-huh.

  • His nephew.

  • I mean, you gotta do what you gotta do

  • to create good music, so-

  • Ha ha ha ha! I won't judge.

  • - I won't judge! - I'm not one to judge, but...

  • whatever...

  • - floats your cup of Chai Tea, Tchaikovsky. - Yeah.

  • One of the popular theories...

  • And again, there's no hard evidence,

  • people are still-

  • musicologists are still looking to it,

  • is that he was actually ordered to kill himself.

  • The order like, to restore his honour.

  • Yeah, the court ordered him to kill himself

  • because they found out about...

  • his...

  • - homosexuality. - Yeah.

  • And they didn't want that to become famous

  • because, you know, Tchaikovsky was a icon-