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Mozart was not an impoverished genius


Luke Harding reports on the Guardian website that Mozart was not an impoverished genius but a wealthy man contrary to a widely believed legend.

Luke says:

Mozart earned income by giving piano lessons and concerts and working as a private imperial musician. He had a billiard table and regularly visited his hairdresser. He also had a generous parking space for his carriage and lived for most of his time in Vienna in a seven-room apartment next to the cathedral, the exhibition shows.

And also about his death,

Although legend has it that he was buried in a pauper's grave, the reality was that he was interred in a regular communal grave in accordance with contemporary practice.

If this is true, what was the last scene of Milos Forman's movie, Amadeus, in which the body of Mozart was violently thrown into a grave pit? Of course the value of the movie will remain the same if there are some exaggerations, however, hearing this kind of story, the image of Mozart might become different. But anyway, I love his music, particularly Figaro and Requiem and other charming pieces, and continue to listen to his music regardless of what kind of life he actually lived. Does this go against the idea of "life studies"?

Photo: My office, Osaka Prefecture University

Related external link: Dr. Dick's Blog http://witf.blogspot.com/2006/01/mozart-money-masterpieces.html he talks about the ups and downs of Mozart's income.

 -- M.Morioka www.lifestudies.org

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Hy Masahiro, there are always Attemepts to deminish the reputation of a genius, soem are true, some false, in this case I think less is said about Mozart´s spirit. The thing that we get through his musik. I like also Mozart , but does like Beethoven more. your arash

Hi, arash. The relationship between artists' life and their works is very interesting. For example, Wittgenstein's philosophy is splendid, however, if we see his philosophy against the background of his actual life, including his hidden sexual agony and religious passion, his philosophy becomes more and more interesting. Then, what about Mozart? Mozart's music is different from that of Beethoven, for in the case of Beethoven his music cannot be separated from his entire life. Beethoven's music is probably closer to "life studies" I have advocated on this website.

hy masahiro, in the case of Wittgenstein, probably the strong suicide thoughts drove him toward logic. I think maybe Mozart beeing rich has been a great luck, so he could work on his genius. still it´s hard to find a connection between Wittgenstein and his life, here probably a lot of work is to do done. why quitted he cambridge?? I think one should not critize just from one side, so just saying mozart was rich, not a genius, is maybe not the right way. it´s interesting you feel like Beethioven is more close to your philosophy. besides I have started an internship, so I feel really good, also it are only 4 hours the day. thought I can mention it here, so no extra e-mail. I will think again about what you have written above, thanks a lot, arash

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