So you think you’d make a good Wolfgang Mozart? (You might want to think again)…

Most everyone who knew Wolf during his lifetime, as well as many people since his untimely death, have at one point or another compared themselves to Wolfgang Mozart, and may have even decided they would do a better job with his gifts than he did. Or have less turmoil in their life than Wolf did. Or are just plain more deserving than Wolf was.

Well, you just might want to find out what his life was really like. No, most of the biographies that you read about him are intentionally misleading. They leave a lot out — and for good reason. For one, they are attempting to cover up the fact that he was not as bad a human being as he tends to be portrayed. (Nore was he a nice guy. Just not as bad as they say.) For another, they are attempting to keep control of a number of secrets about him — things the insiders don’t want the general public to know.

Why? Because some of our most revered musical establishments juar might end up going dark for good. Oh, and a monarchy or two might be turned upside-down. Little things such as that.

So what was a day in the life of Wolf really like? Well, musically-speaking we have a pretty good idea, from his letters and scores, and from the excellent documentation that accompanies them. But I think the quality of his personal life was another matter altogether.

For one, he was never able to just be a child. He didn’t grow up gradually as most people do. He was thrust into the limelight at a very early age. All of his relationships were based on his phenomenal gifts. He was not protected. He was exploited. He did not know whom to trust. In fact, there was no-one he could trust. Even his family members had agreed not to tell him about the fact that there was something truly unusual about his gift — something beyond their comprehension. Instead, they tried to pretend that he was just like them.

Somehow, I think they developed a way to maintain that illusion — and that was to systematically poison him from a fairly young age. I don’t know just how it started, but I do know his sister Nannerl became increasingly jealous of him as his fame climbed and hers diminished. I don’t know how far his Father Leopold was willing to go to keep Wolf under control. But I do think that his Mother, ignorant as she probably was of these terrible shenanigans, failed to protect him.

I also think that when he married Constanze she continued to do this, also in order to control him and make him vulnerable. Wolf said himself at one point that he felt as though he was being poisoned — I just don’t think he understood the subtlety with which it may have been done. When he died, there was no autopsy and no burial. This might explain why.

So, following my hypothesis, at every turn Wolf was accompanied by a controller, so to speak. An assassin, a Judas, pretending to be his friend. I don’t think he put things together until late in his life. Everything he wrote, everything he performed or conducted I think he did under a threat of imminent death.

Wolf did his best. Always. And he never complained.

Now, if I am correct, would you even want to spend one hour in his shoes?


Wolf and the ‘controllers’…M4B*

If you will consider the possibility that much of what you have been told about Wolfgang Mozart is false — either mistaken or deliberate disinformation — you might gain a better understanding of who he was and what his life was really like.

If you were to begin with that premise, you might want to research an odd common denominator in his life — that he was not allowed to, or able to, live alone.  You will see that virtually everywhere he went, up until the last months of his life when he and Constanze were separated for health reasons, he was almost always surrounded by people in his daily life.

If you look a little deeper into his family life you will find that his marriage to Constanze caused a great deal of conflict with his father Leopold and sister, Nannerl.  Why would this be? you might ask.  Was Constanze simply not good enough?  Or could there have been another and more sinister reason?  In fact, you will find that Constanze is buried at one end of Salzburg and Leopold and Nannerl at another.  That might give you a hint.

Leopold made repeated claims that Wolf was unable to take care of himself, and that he was ‘not good with money.’  This is, imo, a significant clue to what was really going on.  Translation:  Leopold did everything possible to make sure Wolf could not make a living comfortably on his own.  In fact, it seems he did everything possible, short of an actual tether, to manipulate Wolf.  He had no compunction about complaining that, of course, Wolf and Constanze had to move again, because they didn’t have any money.  Leopold had no problem, in fact, virtually slandering Wolf and his inability to earn a living as Leopold thought he should.

And herein lies the key:  Wolf had a controller.  And when Wolf married Constanze she became the controller, leaving Leopold and Nannerl in the lurch.  Wolf was even virtually disinherited by Leopold, and I think this might have been why.

The grisly truth about Wolf’s life was that beneath that splendid and brilliant, cheerful and sarcastic exterior was an exploited child tethered to someone with ill intent, trying to manipulate him and  his gifts against God’s will for him.  In fact, if you look at the Requium in that light, you may gain a new perspective…

M4B*=Mozart For Believers




Wolf and the Slander Factory…M4B*

Just about anyone who looks objectively at the life and letters of Wolfgang Mozart has to come up against a rather odd set of circumstances — it seemed that wherever he went he and his music were met, not simply with rapturous praise, but with controversy and even slander. When Wolf was just a teenager in Italy with his father Leopold, for example, it didn’t take long for the whispers to begin, saying that it was not Wolf who was composing his early operas, but Leopold. Of course, anyone with an understanding of Leopold’s abilities and mindset would soon dismiss this idea, as Leopold showed virtually no ability to think outside of the box, musically speaking, whereas Wolf excelled in doing just that.

The older Wolf became the more intense the controversy. Even the dreadful caricature of Wolf in “Amadeus” supports the possibility of a literal ‘slander factory’ following him around wherever he went. Opportunities that should have presented themselves to him did not. Others received commissions that he could easily have completed with brilliance. Not only that, but his character was also slandered. It would be difficult to find time for him to have been as dreadful a person as he was claimed to be and manage to compose over 600 pieces of exquisite music in less than 36 years, but that thought doesn’t seem to bother anyone.

But what was the truth, if any, about this ‘slander factory’? How could such a thing have happened, and, equally importantly, why? Let me tell you what I think…

Everyone knew of Wolf’s prodigious musical gifts. There was just no controversy about his ability to dominate any musical situation with his skill and expertise, as well as pull out of the air music that just might have come straight from the heavens. But Wolf had a secret — a gift that the world of music and religion refused to acknowledge. This gift was different from that of the other musicians and composers of his day. Everyone realized this, but did there best to keep it from him. Wolf’s gift, to make an analogy, would be that of a perfect fourth or fifth in music, whereas the gifts of the others were major or minor intervals. Musically speaking, this is why I believe Wolf was hated and virtually hunted down. He had to be destroyed. If everyone realized the extent and nature of Wolf’s gift, the entire world of music would be turned upside down.

We can hear this unusual gift in his music. We know that when we listen to Mozart we tend to become grounded and our hearts more gentle. We don’t know exactly why, but we know we can count on this. This sweet balm in Wolf’s music has even been called “The Mozart Effect.”

I believe Wolf was given a profound gift of the Holy Spirit, and it is this that separates his music from that of everyone else before and since him. If this is the case then, theoretically, Pope Clement XIV could have validated this during his audience with Mozart in 1771. That did not happen, perhaps because the Pope and the Catholic Church, for all their bravado and worldly trappings, were not sufficiently Spirit-filled to do so. In fact, the Catholic church may have been a primary factor in the confusion Mozart had during his lifetime about his gifts, for he may have trusted them to tell him the truth, when they did not. Nor was Wolf or other parishioners encouraged to read the Word on their own, so how would he know what the characteristics of a gift of the Holy Spirit were?

I believe that it is this that created the conflict in Wolf’s life and enabled the slander factory to grow and ultimately suck him into a vortex of night and fog. Jesus said that all things on earth are forgiven, except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. If Wolf was acting in ignorance while carrying an extraordinary gift that could only be properly used when one completely humbled themselves before God, what would be the outcome? Wolf seemed to honor his musical gifts, but his knowledge of the God who had given them to him was, to my thinking, flawed and severely limited. I think Wolf was caused to stumble over his own gift — this unusual gift, that no other human would validate for him.

But Wolf did, in a sense, have the last laugh — he created the opera Die Zauberflote, and put it it all the attributes of this great gift. He found a way to describe this gift after all…

*M4B=Mozart For Believers

Insights from the Salzburg Salt Mine…M4B*

Lake in the Salzburg Salt Mine

When I was speaking with a family member about the Salzburg Salt Mine yesterday I had an insight — that it works well imo as a symbol of what Wolf was supposed to have been all about and how that got twisted around.

Wolf was born in Salzburg, Austria.  Everyone knows this. His birth house is something of a shrine.  Salzburg is named for the salt mine outside of town.  Jesus spoke of the people as the ‘salt of the earth’, meaning the common people.  What use is salt, He asked, if it loses its flavor?  What does this have to do with Wolf?

When Wolf was a child, beginning to exhibit his extraordinary talents, his father, Leopold, quickly assessed the situation.  He also had begotten another prodigy, Wolf’s older sister, Nannerl.  He did not want their talents to languish in the outpost of Salzburg.  He did not want them to die in anonymity because of the callous indifference and lack of sophistication of the common people of Salzburg.  So he decided to take the show on the road and instead court the crown heads of Europe.

The rest is history — we all know that Wolf played with Marie Antoinette at court, that the Mozart family, while given audience to perform, were treated as little more than servants, eating in the quarters of the help and being tossed trinkets instead of being given cold hard cash for their efforts.  We know of Leopold’s frustration at not being able to find a secure place for Wolf in one of the courts.  This failed effort contributed to the death of Wolf’s mother in Paris, for she had accompanied him when Leopold was no longer allowed by the Archbishop to leave Salzburg.

But how many of us have bothered to question Leopold’s mission?  I would certainly hope in this day and age that any parent who exploited their children at a young age and to such a great extent as to even move them overseas for a few years would come under severe scrutiny and have to take responsibility for spoiling their chances for life as an adult.

What could have happened if Wolf had been allowed to have a ‘normal’ childhood? Would people have flocked to Salzburg to hear him perform — at least during the summer months? Might Nannerl have been allowed to find her own successful path in music, instead of having her character stunted by the almost supernatural brilliance of her younger brother?

The Mozart family was part of the salt of the earth.  They were not nobility.  They were working class people. What if they had stuck to their roots, and plumbed the depths of Gd’s will for them, instead of running around chasing after the whims of royalty? Would Wolf have lived longer? Might he not have ended up being, in effect, mind-controlled by his father?

*M4B=Mozart For Believers

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