Mozart

Mozart

Mozart

Mozart

Excerpt

A book upon Mozart, if it is to meet with any degree of success, must appeal to several sorts of readers. Even those unlucky few who cordially dislike music cannot help being interested in him, merely as a phenomenon. That makes one class of person, and then there is another who dismisses him as being altogether too eighteenth century, an affair of airs and graces, of tinkling melody and facile ornament. These are the people who say they prefer Bach, but when they turn away from the greatest artist of the Rococo age do they realize they are venturing into the most formal and diffuse architecture of the Baroque period? They will deny this, but it is true; and yet how easily Mozart will win them back again with his clear and simple beauties!

And, finally, there are those to whom everything that Mozart wrote is sacred and wonderful. They were won over, long ago, by some ravishment of the ears in a church, or they . . .

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