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Mozart’s Death

A Corrective Survey of the Legends

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages N1-N1
    2. William Stafford
      Pages 3-28
  3. The Death

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. William Stafford
      Pages 31-55
    3. William Stafford
      Pages 56-81
  4. The Death in the Context of the Life

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. William Stafford
      Pages 85-117
    3. William Stafford
      Pages 118-143
    4. William Stafford
      Pages 144-176
    5. William Stafford
      Pages 177-206
    6. William Stafford
      Pages 207-227
    7. William Stafford
      Pages 228-260
  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 261-261
    2. William Stafford
      Pages 263-270
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 271-285

About this book


There is a macabre fascination in the spectacle of one so brilliant, dying so young, in such tragic circumstances. Was Mozart poisoned? Was he irresponsible and childish, dying from debauchery and dissipation? Did his wife contribute to his downfall? Was he driven to destruction by being ostracised as a rebel? Did his genius render him incapable of normal human contact and worldly prudence? Did he die because he had accomplished his mission as an artist and burnt himself out? Was he the victim of a run of bad luck? From 1791 to the present such stories have flourished; this book examines their development and the evidence for them.


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