Sunday, September 17, 2006

If Mozart Had Better Health Care

An interesting, if predictable, piece from the NY Times on what if Mozart had lived into geezerhood. Ot at least to age 50.

"Imagine how different music history would have been had Mozart lived to Nannerl’s age. He would have died in 1834, having outlived Beethoven by seven years and Schubert by six. Would Beethoven’s symphonic adventures have turned out as they did had Mozart remained his contemporary? Think of this. A wizened old Mozart might have been in the audience in 1829 when the 19-year-old Chopin, during a short visit to Vienna, performed his first work for piano and orchestra, Variations on “Là ci darem la mano” from Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.”

A small remembrance of something more solid, eh?

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