Edward Rothstein guides readers through Mozart’s Salzburg, “where Mozart was born 250 years ago,” and Vienna, “where he died 35 years later, to discover the origins of his mischievous magnificence,” in the February issue of Smithsonian Magazine. A text only version is available online.
“But we celebrate the places in which Mozart composed because they give us something to grab onto, some way of grasping the relationship between our mundane world and Mozart’s ethereal one. A sense of place also reminds us that even transcendent music does not really transcend. If we treat it divorced from this world and its experiences, we are missing some of its resonance, some of its opposition and some of its jest.” – from “Mozart: In Search of the Roots of Genius,” by Edward Rothstein, Smithsonian Magazine
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