A maestro’s tomb is desecrated in Naplesmain
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.