Posted at 8:00 AM on May 20, 2011
by Bill Morelock
Filed under: The Short Version
He lived before we applied the epithet Genius to musicians of stratospheric talent. We wait on that one for Mozart's legacy, and Beethoven's. He labored in backwaters for petty princes and church fathers. So his personality seems less vivid to us than the anecdote-rich lives of Spendthrift and Storm-Tossed. Yet he remains apart, a kind of bedrock. A few details about this essential artist.