The Three Faces of Mozart

The Three Faces of Mozart

A Review of Mozart’s Letters, Mozart’s Life, Edited and Translated by Robert Spaethling Studying a person’s letters is an excellent way to explore an individual’s life and personality, and Robert Spaethling’s edition of Wolfgang Mozart’s letters makes the experience especially rewarding. As the editor provides a preface to every letter,…

The Decline of Classical Music

The Decline of Classical Music

The history of classical music is the sound of a culture growing, blossoming and then withering. Classical music before and during the Renaissance was structured and  purposeful. The purpose of the music was mainly to lift people’s spirit toward God — sacred music. By our standards, this music was neither…