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Classical music mystery: What really killed Mozart? Take your pick of causes — just like the experts do

August 28, 2010
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By Jacob Stockinger

So what really killed Mozart?

The question lingers.

And the questions linger.

Was it poison?

Kidney disease or heart disease?

It is an area rife with speculation, fed by the loss of the 35-year-old genius who lived from 1750 to 1791.

And The New York Times this past week featured a good summary wrap-up.

In case you missed it, here is a link:

What is the theory you most favor about the cause of Wolfie’s death?

The Ear wants to hear.

But in the meantime, it seems worth repeating that the essence of Mozart, his legacy, is in the music, not the man.

So here are two excerpts of his Requiem in honor of him as he lived and composed — NOT how he died.

Posted in Classical music

Classical music news: You can now Twitter about and from “The Well-Tempered Ear”

August 28, 2010
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By Jacob Stockinger

In case you don’t realize it yet or didn’t see its recent arrival, there is a widget gizmo at the end of the comment section.

It allows you to send a Tweet on Twitter about The Well-Tempered Ear.

That way if you see a neew or old posting on the blog that you like, you can forward word of it to someone else or to many others.

You can help spread the word.

So ahead and give it a try.

Just go to the comment section near the top of a recent post — the Twitter option just started — and click in it to try it out.

And let me know if you find it as useful and workable as the staff at claim it is.

Good luck.

Happy Tweeting.

And please continue to read and reply.

You help make the blog what it is.

Best to you all,


Posted in Classical music

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