Art by Seth Crider
Anton Bruckner was no lady's man. Throughout his life the composer proposed unsuccessfully to numerous women. Today in 1866 he unsuccessfully proposed to Josefine Lang, a butcher's daughter who was 17 years old at the time.
Months later, Bruckner suffered a nervous breakdown and was confined to a sanatorium at Bad Kreuzen. One of his symptoms noted during this time was 'number mania' - he allegedly spent time counting the amount of beads on necklaces, windows in town, leaves on trees, and stars in the sky.
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