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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.

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Multicom Entertainment Group (MEG)
1 Season, 15 Episodes
December 2, 2014
Cast: Robert Greenberg
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Scandalous Overtures Full Episode Guide

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.