Merry Ruse

One evening Gustav Mahler and his wife Alma went to see Franz Lehar's The Merry Widow and were surprisingly enthralled. They later danced to its tunes and played the waltz from memory but could not remember one particularly inspiring passage. The following day, they visited Doblinger's music shop, but found themselves unable to admit that they were interested in such a low-brow composition. So, while Mahler distracted the staff with questions about the sales of his music, Alma perused the score of The Merry Widow and memorized the forgotten sections.
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