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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Date de naissance: 27. janvier 1756
Date de décès: 5. décembre 1791

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Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart ou Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart , né à Salzbourg le 27 janvier 1756 et mort à Vienne le 5 décembre 1791, est un compositeur.

Mort à trente-cinq ans, il laisse une œuvre impressionnante , qui embrasse tous les genres musicaux de son époque. Selon le témoignage de ses contemporains, il était, au piano comme au violon, un virtuose.

On reconnaît généralement qu'il a porté à un point de perfection le concerto, la symphonie, et la sonate, qui devinrent après lui les principales formes de la musique classique, et qu'il fut l'un des plus grands maîtres de l'opéra. Son succès ne s'est jamais démenti. Son nom est passé dans le langage courant comme synonyme de génie, de virtuosité et de maîtrise parfaite.

Citations Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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„Melody is the essence of music. I compare a good melodist to a fine racer, and counterpointists to hack post-horses; therefore be advised, let well alone and remember the old Italian proverb: Chi sa più, meno sa—Who knows most, knows least.“

— Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
As spoken to Michael Kelly, from Reminiscences of Michael Kelly, of the King's Theatre, and Theatre Royal Drury Lane, including a period of nearly half a century; with Original Anecdotes of many distinguished Personnages, Political, Literary, and Musical (London, Henry Colburn, 1826; digitized 2006), 2nd ed., vol. I (p. 225) [http://books.google.com/books?vid=OCLC00439352&id=ph3XEMzGt5YC&pg=RA2-PA225&lpg=RA2-PA225&dq=%22Melody+is+the+essence+of+music%22&hl=en]

„Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.“

— Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
True genius without heart is a thing of nought - for not great understanding alone, not intelligence alone, nor both together, make genius. Love! Love! Love! that is the soul of genius. - Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin, entry in Mozart's souvenir album (1787-04-11) from Mozart: A Life by Maynard Solomon [Harper-Collins, 1966, ], p. 312.

„I pay no attention whatever to anybody's praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings.“

— Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Unsourced in Musician's Little Book of Wisdom‎ (1996) by Scott E. Power, Quote 416.

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„Granted, darkness, chaos, death and hell do appear, but not for a moment are they allowed to prevail. Knowing all, Mozart creates music from a mysterious center, and so knows the limits to the right and the left, above and below. He maintains moderation.“

— Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Context: Mozart's music is free of all exaggeration, of all sharp breaks and contradictions. The sun shines but does not blind, does not burn or consume. Heaven arches over the earth, but it does not weigh it down, it does not crush or devour it. Hence earth remains earth, with no need to maintain itself in a titanic revolt against heaven. Granted, darkness, chaos, death and hell do appear, but not for a moment are they allowed to prevail. Knowing all, Mozart creates music from a mysterious center, and so knows the limits to the right and the left, above and below. He maintains moderation. As quoted in "Amadeus : Sin, Salvation and Salieri" in Saint Paul at the Movies : The Apostle's Dialogue with American Culture (1993) by Robert Jewett, p. 37, and Melting the Venusberg : A Feminist Theology of Music (2004) by Heidi Epstein, p. 72.

„Mozart was the Shakespeare of music“

— Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Context: Mozart was the Shakespeare of music; and as long as the immortal bard is read, Mozart will live in the admiration of mankind. He has reached the passions through the ear as Shakspeare did through the mind, and no works will live that do not touch the passions and the heart — they are the same in all ages, and will make Shakspeare and Mozart a poet and a composer "For all time". The New-York Mirror, 1830, quoted in The New York Mirror: A Weekly Gazette of Literature and the Fine Arts, volume 8, p. 347.

„What was evident was that Mozart was simply written down music already finished in his head. And music, finished as no music is ever finished.“

— Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Context: What was evident was that Mozart was simply written down music already finished in his head. And music, finished as no music is 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 (spoken by Antonio Salieri in Shaffer's play Amadeus and slightly reworded in the movie adaptation of the play).

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„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.“

— Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Context: 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. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1956), as translated by Clarence K. Pott

„Mozart's music is free of all exaggeration, of all sharp breaks and contradictions. The sun shines but does not blind, does not burn or consume.“

— Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Context: Mozart's music is free of all exaggeration, of all sharp breaks and contradictions. The sun shines but does not blind, does not burn or consume. Heaven arches over the earth, but it does not weigh it down, it does not crush or devour it. Hence earth remains earth, with no need to maintain itself in a titanic revolt against heaven. Granted, darkness, chaos, death and hell do appear, but not for a moment are they allowed to prevail. Knowing all, Mozart creates music from a mysterious center, and so knows the limits to the right and the left, above and below. He maintains moderation. As quoted in "Amadeus : Sin, Salvation and Salieri" in Saint Paul at the Movies : The Apostle's Dialogue with American Culture (1993) by Robert Jewett, p. 37, and Melting the Venusberg : A Feminist Theology of Music (2004) by Heidi Epstein, p. 72.

„When I am..... completely myself, entirely alone... or during the night when I cannot sleep, it is on such occasions that my ideas flow best and most abundantly. Whence and how these ideas come I know not nor can I force them.“

— Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Context: When I am, as it were, completely myself, entirely alone, and of good cheer — say traveling in a carriage, or walking after a good meal, or during the night when I cannot sleep — it is on such occasions that my ideas flow best, and most abundantly. Whence and how they come, I know not, nor can I force them. From a letter now regarded as a forgery by Johann Friedrich Rochlitz [http://www.aproposmozart.com/Stafford%20--%20Mozart%20and%20genius.rev.ref.pdf], [http://www.mozartforum.com/Lore/article.php?id=108], [http://www.mozartforum.com/Lore/article.php?id=106]

„Stay with me to-night; you must see me die. I have long had the taste of death on my tongue, I smell death, and who will stand by my Constanze, if you do not stay?“

— Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Spoken on his deathbed to his sister-in-law, Sophie Weber (5 December 1791), from Mozart: The Man and the Artist, as Revealed in his own Words by Friedrich Kerst, trans. Henry Edward Krehbiel (1906) Variant: The taste of death is on my tongue, I feel something that is not from this world (Der Geschmack des Todes ist auf meiner Zunge, ich fühle etwas, das nicht von dieser Welt ist).

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