Music: Letting Mozart Be Mozart

Authenticity is the original-instrument movement's goal And this is the famous Mona Lisa," said the tour guide at the Louvre.

She flipped a switch and Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece was suddenly projected, in garish colors, on a ten-foot television screen. "But I thought the Mona Lisa was a painting," objected one astonished tourist. "Not any more," responded the guide. "We feel that if videotape had been around in Leonardo's time, he would have used it." The tour moved on. "On the next screen we have the fabulous Winged Victory..."

Consider what happens when a...

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