19. Mozart liked getting his “salad tossed”
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791) started composing and performing before royalty at age five. By the time he died thirty years later, he had cemented his place in history as one of the classical era’s most prolific and influential composers, with a legacy still felt in Western music to this day. He created about 600 compositions, many of them considered to be the pinnacles of classical music, and impacted subsequent music heavyweights such as Hayden and Beethoven. For somebody whose star burned so bright before he died so young, it is perhaps not surprising that Mozart was a freak beneath the sheets.
He particularly had a thing for getting his “behind” licked. In 1782, he composed Leck mich im Arsch (“Lick Me in the A**”), a party piece for his friends, whose lyrics include “lick me in the a**, nice and clean”, and continues on in that vein. Mozart’s publisher was scandalized by the lyrics, but he liked the music. So he tinkered (or basically rewrote) the lyrics, and changed the song’s theme and refrain from the inappropriate sentiments to “let us be glad!” Mozart also composed Bona Nox, which included some other lyrics not suited for proper company.