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Celebrating Mozart's Birthday

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on this date in 1756.

It’s difficult to name a greater cultural giant in the entire history of Western Civilization.

Sadly underappreciated in his time, Mozart died in December, 1791 – not even surviving to reach his 36th birthday.

Got a favorite Mozart memory?

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Back in mid-November 2001, I happened to be in Vienna for a few days – and had the good fortune to be able to attend a performance of the “Requiem” in the main cathedral in the center of Vienna, St. Stephen’s. It was unusually cold for mid-November, and inside the cathedral it was cold that night – I kept my jacket on throughout the performance. But the stark stone of the old building and the coldness of the air provided the perfect setting – and it was just a few weeks after 9/11. When the final crushing bars roared from the orchestra and chorus and then ceased, they echoed around the cathedral for several seconds. Everyone sat frozen in silence, listening to the echo slowly fading away. Only when all had finally become still did applause slowly and polite begin….

Feel free to add your own Mozart memories in the comments….