Scene. A ravine amid the slopes of Mount Carmel. On one side a hermitage, on the other a rustic cross. The sun is about to set in the sea, which fills the background. Hermtt. Thou who wast tempted in the wilderness, Guard me this night, for there are snares in sleep That baffle watching. Opoisoned, bitter life Of doubt and longing! Were death possible. Who would not choose it? But that dim estate Might plunge my witless ghost in grosser matter And in still closer meshes choke my life.
Mozart’s music has enthralled listeners for centuries. In this brilliant biography, I draw upon my knowledge of the era and Mozart’s own private letters to conjure Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s life and times in rich detail. This book charts Mozart’s life from age three through to his later years—when he penned The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni.…
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