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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
What is ironic about Linda’s wondering why no one came to the funeral? Throughout the play, Linda was the only character who consistently knew the truth. She knew the truth of Willy’s previous suicide attempt. Of all people, she should be least surprised that no one would attend the funeral.
It is not quite accurate to say that the Requiem is entirely Mozart’s work. On the day of his death, only two parts were (almost) completed: the Introitus and the Kyrie. The rest remained only as drafts, with only the voice and some indications.
Johann Sebastian Bach didn’t write a Requiem, did he? Well, yes he did, if you know where to look. Simply put, Bach composed his finest works by basing them on sacred texts, which by their own form determined the accents, the phrasing, and even the length of the music.
Cherubini’s Requiem was much admired by later composers; Robert Schumann deemed it “without equal in the world,” and Ludwig van Beethoven requested that it be played at his own funeral, declaring, “If I were to write a Requiem, Cherubini’s would be my only model.” (Beethoven never did write a Requiem.)
St. Marx Cemetery, Vienna, Austria
35 years (1756–1791)
Salieri suffered a physical and mental breakdown in the autumn of 1823, was admitted to the Vienna general hospital, and in a deranged state of mind, accused himself of having killed Mozart. Quickly rumors spread throughout Vienna. In the long run it was not Mozart, but Antonio Salieri who had been poisoned.
Ludwig van Beethoven
In November 1791 the composer fell ill with a serious disease and died two weeks later at the age of 35. The death certificate states he died of “severe miliary fever”. Exactly which disease led to Mozart’s death has been a mystery for the last 200 years.
56 years (1770–1827)
Constanze Mozartm. 1782–1791
Mozart, who died in 1791 at age 35, was buried in a pauper’s grave at Vienna’s St. Marx Cemetery, perpetuating the notion that he spent most of his life barely scraping by in dire financial straits. A simple column and a sad-looking angel mark the spot where scholars believe he was laid to rest.
With 16 of the 300 most popular works having come from his pen, Mozart remains a strong contender but ranks second after Ludwig van Beethoven, overtaking Amadeus with 19 of his works in the Top 300 and three in the Top 10.
Other composers in the Top 5 include Russian iconoclast Igor Stravinsky in second place; Ludwig van Beethoven, hugely influential composer of the most famous piece of classical music ever written, is positioned third, ahead of the prodigious and prolific Austrian Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at four; Claude Debussy, famed …
But not only did everyone survive, the young Mozart actually thrived in Holland, making himself popular with Dutch royalty and composing a clutch of new musical works. On May 16, 1766, the 10-year-old Mozart’s father, Leopold, wrote the family’s Salzburg landlord, Lorenz Hagenauer, from Paris.