Music: The World & Mozart

January 27th was the 200th anniversary of Mozart's birth, and the world celebrated harder than it ever has for a musician.

His native Salzburg, a town that never favored Mozart's music while he lived—and which he could not abide either—spent the day in commemorative folderol, and Austria plans a whole year of Mozartish festivities. Salzburg's musical coup last week: a rare performance of his opera La Finta Semplice, composed when Mozart was too young (12) to understand its labyrinthine plot or its Italian words. Chancellor Julius Raab pledged that his country would never let...

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