Mozart: A Life

Mozart: A Life

by Maynard Solomon
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Solomon's Mozart is mesmerizing. His daring psychological conclusions about the composer and his family are brilliant and are backed by a powerful force of insight. The analyses of the music helps to show that Mozart's art did have an evolution, and was not merely the product of a superhuman facility or 'divine' blessings. In this biography Solomon has even surpassed his own monumental accomplishment that was reached in his Beethoven.
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Beirut768 More than 1 year ago
Mozart's financials were now up now down, and this also reflects the vicissitudes attendant on the way this great musician genius was living.
Indeed Constanze was the inadvertent witness of his financial engagements and, being so keen on money, she brought about a gloomy catalogues of his Balance Sheet (so to speak) so that his heirs would not have greedy `appetite' after him.

Mozart's personal letters to his cousin (before he married Constanze) are full of frivolity, vivacity, and written in unorthodox language, in their contents, using `flagrant' terms and words befitting a merry teenager full of gaiety and high spirits. Mozart's soulful personality, for instance, didn't know the pressures of antagonisms from anyone, including Saliere and, notably, the nobility
Mozart always had a personal touch of sincere friendliness to clear away any lingering misunderstanding with the Royal court (The marriage of Figaro)

There have been awful lot of exaggerations in the movies and in the literatures written about Mozart, which made us wonder what was true vs. dramatized.

It is a documented fact, though, that Mozart (and his friend Haydn) found great personal diversion in the Masonic Lodges of Vienna.
Mozart's first complete musical contribution honouring the `Lodge' with Masonic themes and allegory was his `Die Zauberflote'- The magic Flute, music and libretto of devoted love and unique delight.
At the Lodge, some of the lectures also spoke of the meaning of `death'. Should it be feared? Should it be regarded `friendly' as the secession of all mundane excessive endurance to quietness, self-relief and freedom of the soul? Mozart composed the `Requiem' of music combining `happiness' and `acceptance' of the inevitable as `duty' and `obligation', not of fear.