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Mozart the Romanticist ~ The Imaginative Conservative

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Mozart’s genius consisted in absorbing, building upon, and transcending the musical influences of his day. The emotional complexity of his music raises it above the gracious, charming, but often superficial and forgettable aesthetics of the rococo era in which he was raised.

In an essay in this journal titled “The Wild and Terrible Mozart,” Stephen Klugewicz reflected on the dark, demonic and awe-inspiring sides of Mozart’s music, often ignored in popular depictions of the…

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