Le Pétomane’s pièce de résistance was La Marseillaise but let’s not forget his great German rival the bumptious Thomas Furzwahnsinniger who, echoing the flugelhorn, emitted a deep soft and warm sound through his lederhosen to much Teutonic acclaim.
At the Vienna World Championships in 1913, Franco-German tensions were tested as Thomas opened brazenly with Deutschland Uber Alles. Next, anticipating the French National Anthem, the audience was stunned instead by a 100 minute rendering of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No3 in deference to the host’s beloved composer. The Jury stuffed with Austrians unflinchingly handed the crown to the crafty Le Pétomane.
Neville Hunt almost 2 years ago
It’s an ill wind... 😷