A wealthy member of an orchestra manager’s board read the story by Alex Ross in the New Yorker (October 20, 2014) about Beethoven annotating “a critic’s negative commentary of Wellington’s Victory with the words, “What I shit is better than anything you have ever thought.”
The board member considered the language inappropriate and demanded that the orchestra stop playing Beethoven.
Another wealthy board member discovered that Mozart’s canon Leck mich im Arsch K. 231 (K6 382c) includes the lyrics: “Leck mich im A[rsch] g’schwindi, g’schwindi!” (“Lick me in the arse quickly, quickly!”, i.e., kiss my arse!)
The board member considered the language inappropriate and demanded that the orchestra stop playing Mozart.
Yielding to pressure, Jeff Melanson of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra has cancelled Valentina Lisitra’s concerts after complaints over her views on the conflict in Ukraine, stated in vulgar and offensive language.