He didn’t, of course, but it’s the sort of myth that society, religion and the music business would like you to believe.
In an essay in the year-end edition of Standpoint magazine, I dismember some of the more pernicious fabrications that have been attached to the miracle Salzburg, usually around the time he has a major anniversary coming up.
There was Mozart the noble Aryan.
Read all about the inventions here. I’m thinking of launching a musicians’ campaign to save what remains of Mozart from the myth makers.