Mozart is Music

“There is nothing perfect in this world except Mozart’s music” 

(Thomas Love Peacock)

“Mozart’s music is so beautiful as to entice angels down to earth”

(Franz Alexander von Kleist)

“It may be that when the angels go about their task praising God, they play only Bach. I am sure, however, that when they are together en famille they play Mozart” (Karl Barth)

“In my dreams of heaven, I always see the great Masters gathered in a huge hall in which they all reside. Only Mozart has his own suite” (Victor Borge)

Mozart is Music. 

 “Mozart makes you believe in God” (Georg Solti)  

“Mozart is happiness before it has gotten defined” (Arthur Miller)

“The most tremendous genius raised Mozart above all masters, in all centuries and in all the arts” (Richard Wagner)

“Mozart exists, and will exist, eternally; divine Mozart – less a name, more a soul descending to us from the heavens…” (Charles Gounod)

“For one moment in the history of music all opposites were reconciled; all tensions resolved; that luminous moment was Mozart” (Phil Goulding)

“We cannot despair about mankind knowing that Mozart was a man” (Albert Einstein)

“I have always reckoned myself among the greatest admirers of Mozart, and shall remain so until my last breath” (Ludwig van Beethoven) 

“If we cannot write with the beauty of Mozart, let us at least try to write with his purity” (Johannes Brahms)  

“Mozart is the greatest composer of all. Beethoven created his music, but the music of Mozart is of such purity and beauty that one feels he merely found it – that it has always existed as part of the inner beauty of the universe waiting to be revealed” (Albert Einstein)

“Mozart’s joy is made of serenity, and a phrase of his music is like a calm thought; his simplicity is merely purity. It is a crystalline thing in which all the emotions play a role, but as if already celestially transposed. Moderation consists in feeling emotions as the angels do” (André Gide)

“Mozart’s music is the mysterious language of a distant spiritual kingdom, whose marvelous accents echo in our inner being and arouse a higher, intensive life” (E.T.A. Hoffmann)

“A phenomenon like Mozart remains an inexplicable thing” (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

“Mozart has the classic purity of light and the red ocean; Beethoven the romantic grandeur which belongs to the storms of air and sea, and while the soul of Mozart seems to dwell on the ethereal peaks of Olympus, that of Beethoven climbs shuddering the storm-beaten sides of a Sinai. Blessed be they both! Each represents a moment of the ideal life, each does us good. Our love is due to both.” (Henri-Frédéric Amiel)

“A light, bright, fine day this will remain throughout my whole life. As from afar, the magic notes of Mozart’s music still gently haunt me. A world that has produced a Mozart is a world worth saving. What a picture of a better world you have given us, Mozart!” (Franz Schubert)

… Mozart had simply written down music already finished in his head. And music finished as no music has ever finished. Displace one note and there would be diminishment. Displace one phrase and the structure would fall. I was staring through the cage of those meticulous ink strokes at an absolute beauty… (Peter Shaffer – ‘Amadeus’)

“Whenever I despair about the human race I listen to music like this and it gives me hope. No species that can produce Mozart can be all bad.” (online comment on Mozart’s ‘Le Nozze di Figaro‘)

“Mozart è stato uno straordinario filosofo, intellettuale sopraffino, sensibilissimo e rivoluzionario, e dalla spiritualità rarissima e straordinaria! Le sue opere hanno avuto una forza devastante , benchè soffocate dall’odio e dall’invidia. Qual coraggio, e quale puro idealismo! Nel bene e nel male sono cresciuto con lui come Maestro assoluto!” (Simone Toni)

“The Mozartian legacy, in brief, is as good an excuse for mankind’s existence as we shall ever encounter and is perhaps, after all, a still small hope for our ultimate survival.” (H.C. Robbins Landon)

“Ten million views. The human race is slowly making me believe in them again…” (online comment on Mozart’s Symphony 40 in G minor)

“Mozart in Lacrimosa… On the steps of air that reach to a heavenly height, the German vocalizations of Divinity…”

(Claudiu Iordache)

“Mozart’s music is on the one hand so accessible, so beautiful and so apparently simple that it can be grasped and enjoyed on its first hearing. But at the same time it is so deep, so profound, so perfect that one can spend a lifetime in it and continue to be fascinated with it, even if it’s the hundreth time you’ve performed it…” (James Conlon)

“Mozart has reached the boundary gate of music and leaped over it, leaving behind the old masters and moderns, and posterity itself(A. Hyatt King) 

Chopin’s last request was “Play Mozart for me!”

Gustav Mahler’s last word was “Mozart!” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for this. We share the same passion for Mozart. I believe I might have shed a tear or two just looking at the pictures of those “meticulous ink strokes”.


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