Johannes Pausch (an early music scholar, conductor based in Hamburg, Germany who I met originally via the Score program users group) sent me one of the sweetest birthday E-mails, yesterday. It was my 55th. I hope he doesn't mind me sharing it, it's just too nice not to. And thank you Johannes!
"TWV 55 is one of my favourite groups there. The orchestral ouvertures, yes. So 'tis a really nice number! In German, repeated digits as 55 are called Schnaps-Zahl (booze number), probably because having enjoyed too much booze you'd see the numbers twice. And see here Beethoven's op. 55, which fits so well to your heroic music favoritism! Just something that sprang into my mind this morning. So it's a good number.
You, my friend (which I'm very proud to say!) have a nice birthday and joyful time.