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There are shocks and then there are real shocks


by Olin Chism 13 Feb 2008

In the climax of Eight Songs for a Mad King by Peter Maxwell Davies, the actor-singer portraying crazed King George III grabs a violin and smashes it. It’s quite a shock if you’re not expecting it, and disturbing even if you are. The sacrificed instrument is little more than a cheap stage prop, of course. […]

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In the climax of Eight Songs for a Mad King by Peter Maxwell Davies, the actor-singer portraying crazed King George III grabs a violin and smashes it. It’s quite a shock if you’re not expecting it, and disturbing even if you are.

The sacrificed instrument is little more than a cheap stage prop, of course. But what if a violinist, perfectly sane, accidentally smashed his Stradivarius? You can imagine the shock of that. Well, it actually happened to a young British virtuoso when he tripped and fell down a flight of steps. For details, click here.

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