Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Little Wolfgang is Profoundly Superficial


From the frothy exuberance of Eine kleine Nachtmusik to the unfathomable grief of the Requiem, Mozart is the Profoundly Superficial composer par excellence. To quote the Russian poet Joseph Brodsky: “I believe that whenever someone employs the light touch, it bespeaks tragedy. Start with Mozart”.

Painting: Jean-Baptiste Greuze, Creative Commons

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

What was the tragedy of Mozart?

Profoundly Superficial said...

Poverty, sickness... he was the Michael Jackson of his day.

Anonymous said...

MICHAEL:POVERTY?

Profoundly Superficial said...

Well, they say that when he died, Michael owed $400 million, and that he had to agree to the 02 gigs to avoid bankruptcy.