Letters to Leopold

By August 3, 2011Music

Scene from Mozart Decoded

Here are a sample of quotes, taken from Mozart’s many letters to his father, which show the musician’s deepest feelings regarding religion, death and his own purpose in life.

“As death, when we come to consider it closely, is the true goal of our existence, I have formed during the last few years such close relationships with this best and truest friend of mankind that death’s image is not only no longer terrifying to me, but is indeed very soothing and consoling, and I thank my God for graciously granting me the opportunity…of learning that death is the key which unlocks the door to our true happiness. I never lie down at night without reflecting that —- young as I am — I may not live to see another day. Yet no one of all my acquaintances could say that in company I am morose or disgruntled.” ~ April 4, 1787

“ If Germany, my beloved fatherland, of whom you know I am proud, will not accept me, then must I, in the name of God, again make France or England richer by one capable German; — and to the shame of the German nation.” ~ August 17, 1782

“I know myself, and I have such a sense of religion that I shall never do anything which I would not do before the whole world; but I am alarmed at the very thoughts of being in the society of people, during my journey, whose mode of thinking is so entirely different from mine (and from that of all good people). But of course they must do as they please. I have no heart to travel with them, nor could I enjoy one pleasant hour, nor know what to talk about; for, in short, I have no great confidence in them. Friends who have no religion cannot be long our friends.” ~ February 2, 1778

“ I must give you a piece of intelligence that you perhaps already know — namely, that the ungodly arch-villain Voltaire has died miserably like a dog — just like a brute. That is his reward!” ~ March 7, 1778

It is interesting to note Mozart’s feelings about the French writer and philosopher, Voltaire.  To see more quotes by Mozart, click here!

Photo: Painting of Johann Georg Leopold Mozart, around 1765, by Pietro Antonio Lorenzoni.

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