Music: Mozart Letters

Last autumn English Critic W. J. Turner published a biography* of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (TIME, Sept. 6). To make his portrait of 18th-Century Composer Mozart accurate, Critic Turner pondered anew the numerous letters of the Mozart family. When the portrait was finished, it showed Mozart, not as a super-fastidious, classically-restrained courtier, but as a hearty, bluff personality.

Last week the taste of Mozart's letters offered by Critic Turner was extended into a whole banquet by the publication for the first time in English of the complete Mozart family correspondence.** Gathering, editing and translating...

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