Mozartiana: Two Centuries of Notes, Quotes, and Anecdotes about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Mozartiana is a surprising, eccentric, and enchanting testament to the genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Artist Joseph Solman has gathered opinions, remembrances, letters, and more-from Albert Einstein, Virginia Woolf, Friedrich Nietzsche, Leonard Bernstein, Maurice Sendak, and some 200 others-and blended them with his own sketches and drawings of the great composer. The result is a glorious celebration of Mozart's life and art, and a unique gift to music lovers everywhere.
CHOPIN, letter to Delphine Potocka A genius naturally can do without taste; for example, Beethoven. But Mozart, his equal in genius, has, in addition, the most delicate taste. —CLAUDE DEBUSSY, in Musician of France, by V. I. Sercoff Beauty must appeal to the senses, must provide us with immediate enjoyment, must impress us or insinuate itself into us without any effort on our own part. Take Leonardo da Vinci; take Mozart: these are the great artists. —CLAUDE DEBUSSY, in The
boredom there. —ALBAN BERG, in Berg, by Willi Reich The Mozart, Schubert and Chopin she [Yesipova, the great Russian pianist and teacher] insisted on my playing didn't seem to appeal to me. I was too preoccupied by the search for a new harmonic idiom to understand how anyone could waste his time over Mozart. . . . Nothing but 1, 4, and 5! —SERGEI PROKOFIEV, in Prokofiev, by Lawrence and Elisabeth Hanson Together with the puzzle, he gives you the solution. —FERRUCCIO BUSONI
conventions of his age, to pour his very genuine feelings into vessels the sheer elegance of which restrained their contents. He thus resolved his emotions on a level that transformed them into moods uncontaminated by mortal anguish . . . enabling Mozart to express the "angelic anguish" that is so peculiarly his own. —YEHUDI MENUHIN, in Menuhin, by Robert Magidoff As a director, my definition of paradise would be to be perpetually rehearsing Mozart's operas. —PETER HALL Much as I love
itself. Who can ever adequately thank that purest of all artists for the fact that so long as his work echoes in our ears it cannot but seem to us the interpretation of some more sublime happening? —OSKAR KOKOSCHKA, A Sea Ringed with Visions I would walk ten leagues through the mud, the thing I hate most in the world, to hear a good performance of Don Giovanni. If anybody quotes an Italian phrase out of Don Giovanni immediately my tender memories of the music recur to me and take possession
the entire piece from memory. This amazing feat created a great sensation in Rome. When a few days later he heard a second performance of the Miserere, he checked it against his manuscript—to find there were very few, very minor mistakes. Mozart relates to his father in a letter of April 8,1781: 'Today (for I am writing at eleven o'clock at night) we had a concert, where three of my compositions were performed—new ones, of course: a rondo for a concerto for Brunetti; a sonata with violin