Guardian Unlimited Arts | Arts special reports | The real Wolfgang
Today, everyone feels an urge to contribute to our image of Mozart. Scientists try to explain the neurological phenomenon of genius, psychologists see him as a victim of his tyrannical father, stage directors — many of whom can neither speak Italian nor read music —use his operas as vehicles to express present-day social and political ideas that are totally alien to the works in question.
This is a quote from an article by András Schiff, defending Mozart against his detractors in this, his anniversary year. The full article is worth a read. (I especially like the reference in the quote to the work of stage directors.)