portrait of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Circa 1780, from an oil by Johann Nepomuk della Croce

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Quotes of the Day for 27 January 2003 – Mozart

To reprise an old Tom Lehrer line, it's sobering to consider that when Mozart was my age, he'd been dead for fourteen years. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born at Salzberg, Austria on this day in 1756. His talent was so great, and appeared so early, that he was composing at age five and touring the capitals of Europe at age six. He drove himself to great lengths, while generally living in poverty due to poor organization and excessive generosity. He was not the dissolute libertine suggested in the movie 'Amadeus,' his death was recorded as typhus while later experts believe it was kidney failure brought on by too many late hours and malnutrition.

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The quotes:

Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.
     - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1756 - 1791

Before Mozart, all ambition turns to despair.
     - Charles Gounod

The sonatas of Mozart are unique: too easy for children, too difficult for adults. Children are given Mozart to play because of the quantity of notes; grown ups avoid him because of the quality of notes.
     - Artur Schnabel

Mozart is the greatest composer of all. Beethoven created his music, but the music of Mozart is of such purity and beauty that one feels he merely found it - that it has always existed as part of the inner beauty of the universe waiting to be revealed.
     - Albert Einstein, 1879 - 1955

Mozart's music always sounds unburdened, effortless, and light. This is why it unburdens, releases, and liberates us.
     - Karl Barth

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