Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a child who never grew up. His father, whom he depended upon heavily, died leaving Mozart practically in a state of collapse. His life-long tragedy was he became a man who had few friends. God-given talent does not assure someone of a happy life.
He was unable to adjust to the society in which he lived. Always short of funds, undisciplined, arrogant, and full of bad decisions…his life was unsuccessful except for his music…or at least the music attributed to him.
Of course there are those who would argue that Mozart never wrote anything. It seems to me that there are always the nay-sayers. The controversy explorers who would rather make controversy than to simply be delighted in what we can hear that is beautiful…regardless of who wrote it.
But as with his life, his music became darker…discordant .. somewhat mysterious.
If Mozart was the composer we think he was, he was a genius. It was said that he could compose at tremendous speed: chamber music, piano works, choral, concertos, operas, and symphonies. All of this before he was age 35.
His death, thought to be from kidney disease, came in 1791. He was buried in an unmarked grave with the cheapest of funerals. Very little honor for such a talent.
The Holy Scriptures tell us ” Whatsoever is beautiful…and of a good report…think on these things.” This we will do on this Sunday morning. The words we may give this music are peaceful, soothing, relaxing, calming memorable. Surely the world needs this as it rocks with violence.
Enjoy the video below. No one will argue that the sounds are truly music for the soul.