Luca Bianchini and Anna Trombetta: "Mozart. La caduta degli dei - Parte Terza" - Book presentation 29/09/2018 at 10:30 in Area Edizioni Musicali
In the recent publications Mozart: The Fall of Gods and Mozart: The Magic Flute musicologists Luca Bianchini and Anna Trombetta have investigated the countless myths and legends that elevated Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart into a singular musical genius. Although more than 200 years have passed since Mozart’s death, he continues to be the subject of studies and his biographies have to be updated. Their approach wants to verify these sources and to consider the critical issues concerning attributions and biographical facts. Mozart biographers, until now, even though they were aware of contradictions and problems, have not really addressed them. The problem is that there are more than 2500 inaccuracies that Bianchini and Trombetta have reported in their two volumes Mozart: The Fall of the Gods, Parts 1 and 2. Over twenty years of study they have collected and commented on various problems reported in the vast Mozart bibliography, adding those that they themselves have noticed, and allowed readers to verify them. Mozart emerges as a talented musician, but not a god. Just browse through any other book by Mozart and you find term like “genius,” “absolute masterpiece,” “miracle of nature,” even “god,” which are not scientific terms. Mozart’s image, as it has been transmitted over the last two centuries, is the result of Teutonic nationalism. In their books Mozart: The Fall of the Gods and Mozart: The Magic Flute, Bianchini and Trombetta unearthed the facts, which are less miraculous but more real than what has been preserved under layers and layers of anecdotes, fables, and false myths. They are not books against Mozart, but against the nationalistic myths that the music industry has every interest in cultivating.