Curator Melissa Wolfe talks about the inspiration we can all take away from the Columbus Museum of Arts newest exhibition showcasing the work of home town hero George Bellows. George Bellows and the American Experience through January 4, 2014. This exhibition follows on the heels of a major retrospective of the artist organized by the [...]
Mozart Minute: The Hot-Tempered Son
Wolfgang Mozart and his father, Leopold, were frequently – and now famously – at odds. Masterminding his prodigy childrens’ concert tours of Europe was one thing , but even by the time Wolfgang was 22 years old and touring Europe looking for a job, Leopold’s grip on his son seemingly hadn’t loosened a bit. Here’s Emily Anderson’s translation of some of what Leopold Mozart wrote his son inÂ a letter of February 16, 1778:
“My son! You are hot-tempered and impulsive in all your ways! Since your childhood and boyhood your whole character has changed. As a child and a boy you were serious rather than childish and when you sat at the (keyboard) or were otherwise intent on music, no one dared to have the slightest jest with you. [...] But now, as far as I can see, you are much too ready to retort in a bantering tone to the first challenge – and that, of course, is the first step towards undue familiarity, which anyone who wants to preserve his self-respect will try to avoid in this world. [...] the greatest art of all is to know oneself and then, my dear son, to do as I do, that is, to endeavour to get to know others through and through.