A maestro’s tomb is desecrated in Naples

A maestro’s tomb is desecrated in Naples


norman lebrecht

March 15, 2017

The Austrian composer and pianist virtuoso Sigismund Thalberg, who died in Naples in 1871, has not been allowed to rest in peace.


The door of his tomb in the Poggioreale cemetery has been ripped off its hinges and the maestro’s body removed from its glass case and thrown into a corner. ‘A gruesome scene,’ said one of his descendants.

Thalberg was one of Liszt’s chief rivals, an immensely successful touring artist.

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  • Ungeheuer says:

    Incredible. Such disrespect!

    • Ungeheuer says:

      Plus, I am sure the ignoramuses wouldn’t know Thalberg from Jim Morrison, say.

      • Furzwängler says:

        Einfach ungeheuerlich!

        As you say, the yobbos who did this most probably wouldn’t know Thalberg from Thomas Tallis. Very sad.

  • Outis says:

    Thalberg died in Naples in 1871.

  • Will Duffay says:

    Who cares? Thalberg means nothing to music history.