Scandalous Overtures

Scandalous Overtures

  • 2014
  • 1 Season

Their music may be well-known, but the mayhem surrounding their lives is not. Scandalous Overtures reveals the shocking stories behind history's most cherished classical musicians, the original bad boys of music.

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Johannes Brahms: Brahms, the Ladies, and the Trick Rocking Chair
15. Johannes Brahms: Brahms, the Ladies, and the Trick Rocking Chair
March 3, 2015
A trick rocking chair in Johannes Brahms' apartment was reserved, almost exclusively, for unsuspecting women. He would offer a seat in the chair to his guests, which would send them either flopping forward or flying backward, eliciting uproarious laughter from Brahms.
Louis Moreau Gottschalk: High Times in Oakland, California
14. Louis Moreau Gottschalk: High Times in Oakland, California
February 24, 2015
American composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk had a thing for music, money, and sex, as Professor Robert Greenberg explains. He often parlayed his high-end celebrity into intimacy with his female fans, many of whom were schoolgirls.
Richard Wagner: What Ever Happened to Wagner's Manuscripts?
13. Richard Wagner: What Ever Happened to Wagner's Manuscripts?
February 17, 2015
Are Richard Wagner's opera manuscripts hiding in a Nazi bunker after being gifted to Adolf Hitler for his 50th birthday? We may never know, as Professor Robert Greenberg investigates.
Hector Berlioz: Dressed to Kill
12. Hector Berlioz: Dressed to Kill
February 10, 2015
Hector Berlioz fell in love with Camille Moke in 1830, and within a month the couple decided to marry. After moving to Rome for a residency, Berlioz received a letter from Camille's mother saying that she was engaged to marry another man, and, overcome with anger, he began planning their murders.
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Reborn Through Hypnosis
11. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Reborn Through Hypnosis
February 3, 2015
Sergei Rachmaninoff was facing writer's block and tried to cure it through hypnosis back in the late 1800s, Professor Robert Greenberg explains. Suffering from extreme depression, Rachmaninoff visited a doctor in January of 1900, and was hypnotized every day to miraculous effect.
Johannes Brahms & Clara Schumann: Did They or Didn't They?
10. Johannes Brahms & Clara Schumann: Did They or Didn't They?
January 29, 2015
One of the greatest mysteries in music history is the relationship between Brahms and Clara Schumann. In early 1854, Robert Schumann attempted suicide and was committed to an asylum, so Brahms rushed to D
Giuseppe Verdi: The Conspiracy to Get Him Back to Work
9. Giuseppe Verdi: The Conspiracy to Get Him Back to Work
January 20, 2015
Professor Robert Greenberg tells the story of how the greatest Italian composer of the 19th century was forced out of retirement. Nobody was happy about Giuseppe Verdi's retirement except him, and, in 1879, his wife Giuseppina hatched a plot with intent to get him back to work.
Franz Schubert: One Too Many Nights Out
8. Franz Schubert: One Too Many Nights Out
January 13, 2015
Franz Schubert died at age 31, but, in the last 16 years of his life, he created a body of musical work that's beyond belief in its size and quality. When he contracted syphilis in 1822, depression and despair accompanied the physical symptoms of the disease, leaving Schubert despondent.
Jean-Baptiste Lully: The Gnarly Demise of a Nasty Man
7. Jean-Baptiste Lully: The Gnarly Demise of a Nasty Man
January 6, 2015
Lully was the first important composer of French-language opera, and was a close friend and confidant to King Louis XIV of France. Yet for all of his fame and power, Lully is almost entirely unknown today for anything other than the event of his death.
Johann Sebastian Bach: Bach the Jailbird
6. Johann Sebastian Bach: Bach the Jailbird
December 30, 2014
Professor Robert Greenberg tells the story of this great composer, who spent nearly a month in jail after losing his temper. For speaking his mind to Prince Wilhelm Ernst of Weimar and trying to resign from his position at court, the prince had Bach tossed in jail on November 6, 1717.
Carlo Gesualdo: Murderer at Large
5. Carlo Gesualdo: Murderer at Large
December 23, 2014
Italian composer Carlo Gesualdo was one of the most innovative composers of the 16th century. As Professor Robert Greenberg tells us, he was also a serial murderer with a penchant for sexual extravagance, spousal abuse, and sadomasochism.
Ludwig van Beethoven: Beethoven's Death Wish
4. Ludwig van Beethoven: Beethoven's Death Wish
December 16, 2014
Ludwig van Beethoven was going deaf, but more than his hearing was at stake, as Professor Robert Greenberg uncovers in this episode. In October 1802, the 31 year old Beethoven seriously considered committing suicide after withdrawing from the world due to his increasing deafness.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: How Did Mozart Really Die?
3. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: How Did Mozart Really Die?
December 9, 2014
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was rumored to have written his own requiem, as catalogued in 1984's Amadeus, but Professor Robert Greenberg tells us the real story. The truth is, Mozart was not poisoned at all, and over one hundred separate diagnoses have been proposed to explain his death.
Peter Tchaikovsky: Fear and Loathing in St. Petersburg
2. Peter Tchaikovsky: Fear and Loathing in St. Petersburg
December 2, 2014
Russian classical music composer Peter Tchaikovsky was gay and lived a double life, as Professor Robert Greenberg examines in this episode. His seeming death from cholera is uncovered to be a farce, and the truth is something much more scandalous.
Joseph Haydn: Haydn Go Seek
1. Joseph Haydn: Haydn Go Seek
December 2, 2014
Professor Robert Greenberg uncovers the mystery of how classical music composer Franz Joseph Haydn lost his head and didn't get a funeral until more than a hundred years after his death.
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Their music may be well-known, but the mayhem surrounding their lives is not. Scandalous Overtures reveals the shocking stories behind history's most cherished classical musicians, the original bad boys of music.Scandalous Overtures is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (15 episodes). The series first aired on December 2, 2014.

Scandalous Overtures is available for streaming on the Multicom Entertainment Group (MEG) website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Scandalous Overtures on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon and Tubi TV.

  • Premiere Date
    December 2, 2014