Mozart's 250th

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Mozart's 250th

Post by Pyrrho » Mon Jan 23, 2006 1:49 am

In honor of that, here's an article that discusses the myths and the man:

Nothing if not a genius of note

More nonsense has been written about Mozart than almost any historical figure except Jesus Christ. Plenty made its way into film, too, in the outrageously inaccurate Amadeus (1984), which fixed Mozart in the popular imagination as an uncouth idiot savant, at once genius and scatological boor - and unleashed a tidal wave of interest in his music.

Amadeus - which won eight Oscars - dramatically deployed many of the most pernicious misconceptions about Mozart. But none was new: myths abounded from the very start.

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Post by David » Tue Jan 24, 2006 12:13 am

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, which fixed Mozart in the popular imagination as an uncouth idiot savant, at once genius and scatological boor - and unleashed a tidal wave of interest in his music.

Amadeus - which won eight Oscars - dramatically deployed many of the most pernicious misconceptions about Mozart. But none was new: myths abounded from the very start.


David comments- Maestro posts well... There is an immense conflict over the image of Mozart....and both sides seem to have valid points.

The Le Nozze di Figaro is the most bittingly revolutionary opera ever
Leaving the Red Detachment of Women in the dust!
The Requiem is profound.

The official view is
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As regards his manner of life and morals Mozart long stood in a
bad light before the world. The slanderous stories all came from
his enemies in Vienna, and a long time passed before their true
character was recognized. A great contribution to this end was
made by the publication of his letters, which disclose an
extraordinarily strong moral sense.-end-

Yet it is clear that admirer Georg Nikolaus von Nissen edited out the vulgar passages from the letters and wrote the official family Mozart biography.

How to synthesize the two views…Moral and vulgar.

I propose that Mozart may have had a form of Tourette syndrome
Which lead to his unstable behavior and coprolalia

Complex motor tics include facial grimacing combined with a head twist and a shoulder shrug and inappropriate behavior. Just like Mozart!

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Post by David » Tue Jan 24, 2006 12:45 am

Maestro posted-


David sighs--- Well somebody thought of it before me.

I will have to listen to Die Zauberflöte tonight to cheer myself
up.

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Amadeus Amadeus, Amadeus, Amadeus Amadeus, oh oh oh Amadeus

Post by Don_Fernandez » Wed Jan 25, 2006 2:55 am

Important dates in the history of Mozart:

1756, Salzburg, January 27, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is born
1761, at the age of five Amadeus begins composing
1773, he writes his first piano concerto
1782, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart marries Constance Weber
1784, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart becomes a free mason
1791, Mozart composes "The Magic Flute"
On December 5th of that same year, Mozart dies
1985, Austrian rock singer Falco records Rock Me Amadeus!
:D

Seriously, thanks for the link.
Which brings us back to Amadeus. American author A. Peter Brown wrote an excellent monograph (available at http://www.mozartproject.org/essays/brown.html) addressing many of the injustices the film did to Mozart.
That essay is quite good at distinguishing Amadeus from Mozart.
"Such... is the respect paid to science that the most absurd opinions may become current, provided they are expressed in language, the sound of which recalls some well-known scientific phrase"
James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879)

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Post by Flash » Mon Jan 30, 2006 12:02 am

Relax you guys, Amadeus was a great film but only that. It was not a documentary you know. By the way, it's because of this film that a lot of chidren, mine included, listen to Mozart and the classical music today.
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Post by Andy68 » Mon Jan 30, 2006 5:47 am

Complex motor tics include facial grimacing combined with a head twist and a shoulder shrug and inappropriate behavior. Just like Mozart!

And Jerry Lee Lewis.