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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(1756-91)


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O Mozart, immortal Mozart, how many, how infinitely many inspiring suggestions of a finer, better life have you left in our souls!
-- Franz Schubert, Diary, 1816

Mozart should have composed Faust.
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Conversations with Eckermann (1827)

He roused my admiration when I was young; he caused me to despair when I reached maturity; he is now the comfort of my old age.
-- Gioachino Rossini

Mozart is sunshine.
Antonin Dvorak, quoted in Otakar Sourek (ed.), Antonin Dvorak: Letters and Reminiscences (1954)


The sonatas of Mozart are unique; they are too easy for children, and too difficult for artists.
-- Arthur Schnabel

Mozart in his music was probably the most reasonable of the world's great composers. It is the happy balance between flight and control, between sensibility and self-discipline, simplicity and sophistication of style that is his particular province... Mozart tapped once again the source from which all music flows, expressing himself with a spontaneity and refinement and breath-taking rightness that has never since been duplicated.
-- Aaron Copland, Copland on Music (1960)

It is sobering to think that when Mozart was my age he had already been dead a year
-- Tom Lehrer (speaking of Mozart's early death at the age of just 35 years)

Beautiful, my dear Mozart, but too many notes.
-- Emperor Joseph II giving some "advice" to the musical genius Mozart after a performance of the latter's opera, The Abduction from the Seraglio

[Like] piddling on flannel.
-- Noel Coward on Mozart's music





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