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as a Child
The case of Mozart is at once the most famous and the most complicated. Mozart was a prodigy who dazzled the courts of Europe, was kissed by empresses and petted by Marie Antoinette. He held huge power over his audiences at the age of six, moving them to rapture. Maynard Solomon begins his monumental study of the composer by considering the myth of Mozart as the "eternal child" of Enlightenment nurture. The theologian Karl Barth went even further and called Mozart a "divine child" who speaks to us in his music, who never burdens us with his creative labours, who always allows us to participate in his childlike play.
ERIC FRIESEN is a broadcaster and writer specializing in the arts. He writes regularly on music for Queen's Quarterly.
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