(MFB) Wolfgang Mozart — lessons and a living legacy…

Without going into too much detail, let me assure you that studying the life of Wolfgang Mozart, not only his music, can provide you with life lessons you may not learn anywhere else.  For one thing, he was the world’s first musical superstar.  He never knew the meaning of anonymity.  Everywhere he went he created turmoil.  Even as a young adult his older peers were plotting against him, slyly insinuating that it was Leopold, not Wolf, who was behind his brilliant compositions.  But Mozart walked a tightrope for quite a while, and then fell very far.  As unusual as his gifts were in music, his understanding of human nature was immature and in some respects self-destructive.

However, no matter how much controversy, earned or not, Wolf was generating, he never complained.  He moved forward with everyone Gd put in his path, friend or foe.  Though there is ample documentation of his outrage at the manner in which he and his gifts were treated, the most obviously eggregious being his last bout with Count Arco, there is no indication that he acted in malice toward anyone.  That said, he did not mince words about his adversaries, so certainly was no prude.

Nevertheless, to see such gentle courage, undaunted by the relatively uncertain financial future he was facing in spite of his prodigious output, a number of which were masterpieces, he forged ahead with good will.  He never complained.  He never gave up.  Not even at his last breath when, I believe, he was giving breath to the opera that would in the future become, not only a source of immediate income for his family, but his living legacy 200 years into the future…


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