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Classical Notes: February 8, 2006 Archive

Had Enough Mozart?

Posted at 12:31 PM on February 8, 2006 by Don Lee

Mozart's 250th birthday has passed but The Mozart Year has only just begun. While I know I won't tire of hearing his concertos, symphonies, quartets or any of his music, I know I won't revel in it either. I'm one of those people who's a Mozart admirer but not a Mozart lover. Musicians speak of the great depth concealed beneath the simple, beautiful surface of Mozart's music. But it seldom compels me to plunge beneath that surface, not in the way Bach's music does, for example.

All of this, to recall a college music professor's admonition, says more about me than it does about Mozart. I put it out there because I wonder how many kindred spirits I might have. What do you really think of Mozart?