Monday, November 24, 2014

Castratos and Their Dogs

In 1794 composer Joseph Haydn visited the Italian "castrato casanova" singer Venanzio Rauzzini at Bath in the U.K. In the garden of Rauzzini’s villa was a monument to his much-loved dog named Turk, with the inscription TURK WAS A FAITHFUL DOG AND NOT A MAN. As a tribute to the dog, Hadyn turned the text into a canon which Rauzzini like so much he had it added to the stone.

Turk is in the lower right.

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