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A Little Night Music for Wolfgang
by Gene Williamson

Thursday, October 16, 2008
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If ever anyone did
he embodied the possibility of perfection,
wrote his first symphony at eight,
first opera at twelve,
faithful to the classical tradition,
never a revolutionary,
life too brief
for the greatest composer who ever lived,
said Haydn.

He is product today of mythology
and Hollywood,
the pauper who earned in his final year
the equivalent of a hundred gees,
tax free.

Fluent in several tongues,
he penned pornographic letters,
loved to talk dirty,
victim of mental disorder
some called genius,
others Tourette’s Syndrome:
unable to control sudden outbursts
of obscenities or flatulence,
having been known to pass wind
in the midst of
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.

Had he reached my age
he would have lived two lifetimes.
His tombstone reads
Here Rests Mozart’s Widow’s Second Spouse.




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Reviewed by Jon Willey 10/20/2008
his music serenades mortal souls with heavenly sounds -- his troubled mind, the price his musical genius suffered with -- another great write my friend -- peace to you -- JMW
Reviewed by Lloyd Lofthouse 10/20/2008
Since I read 'Mozart's Wife' by Juliet Waldron, I can appreciate your poem even more. Thanks. Mozart, like so many superstars today, went overboard big time and probably crammed more wild rides into his brief life than most of us will ever do that live twice or three times his span. I bet he would have been great friends with "The Doors"? Is that the right rock group?
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 10/19/2008
I think this world just wasn't big enough for him, nor our timeframe or space. He is one of mankind's biggest travesties which beggars us all in our ignorance of his genius and our loss. Eine Kleine could never be enough, neither such tributes, even were they to flow endlessly from our pens. But all hail to this effort which is as from one Master to another. It takes one to know one! :))
Reviewed by David Hightower 10/18/2008
Gene - Loved the alternation of genius and perfection with the human imperfections, and the humor. Maybe that's what creativity is: our attempts to transcend the imperfections of being human.
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 10/18/2008
OH Goodnes!!
sorry I am giggling...wind is a funny thing to me-hee hee
well well well....escaping embodiments....legumes I hear (lol) were his favorite dish.....
Peace, Love & Poetry

Reviewed by John Coppolella 10/17/2008
All I can say Gene is, "Amadeus, Amadeus! Rock me Amadeus..."
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 10/17/2008
VERY-VERY NICE!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 10/16/2008
And in your wonderful tribute, you teach.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 10/16/2008
Excellent tribute Gene, it's said that two centuries after his death, his work remains unsurpassed, and I agree with that...ET
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 10/16/2008
Well written as always sweet Gene....I admire you very much sweet man...Hugss,much love too tou
Reviewed by Gianetta Ellis 10/16/2008
Your writing is balanced by the perfect embellishments minus anything superfluous.
Reviewed by John Flanagan 10/16/2008
'till love and fame to nothingness do sink' ...I'm not sure why Keats' words come to mind but they do, even if they don't apply, or do they? I love your telling, the little details and moments made significant and that awful inscription on the stone of a genius, effortless and fluent and troubled. He lives every day with me, it's a compulsion, an unbreakable devotion.
Reviewed by Juliet Waldron 10/16/2008
And she laughed all the way to the bank--Ah, Mozart's Wife! A lovely little reflection on a restless, seductive spirit--still a ghostly Don Giovanni through the rapture of his music.

Per "Amadeus": "Only talent concerns a woman of taste."
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 10/16/2008
Mozart is and I believe always will be the master of all. They say when he wrote music it was the original only, never a rough draft, now that is true perfection. You do him justice in this magnificent piece so passionately written.

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 10/16/2008
If he was alive today, he could be a rapper called WAM after his initials...neat write...ed
Reviewed by D Johnson 10/16/2008
Excellent tribute...just imagine what he could have done with a full tank of gas...

Reviewed by Rose Rideout 10/16/2008
Thank you for sharing a brief history of pure talent Gene. Another great write by someone else who is very talented, you.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Gerard Gauthier 10/16/2008
Yes one only has to perceive to understand the haunting purpose of a driven/talented mind...Great read Gene
Reviewed by Charlie 10/16/2008
Housed and mentored many a lesser genius, but failed to teach my beloved Ludwig anything. Treated as a servant by royalty, his fame far out-reached any aristocrat's of his day, and his music is still loved passionately by millions today.

Great tribute, Gene. :0) --Charlie
(I invite you to read my "Emily" and "Hail to Tchaikovsky" in my classics section.) I love chatting about music. I'm nuts about the stuff!
Reviewed by Bonnie May 10/16/2008
He was definately a genius. Beautiful write Gene but also so sad. His music and symphonies are being enjoyed today and he died so unappreciated as did many of the others. Thank you for this touching write. Love, Bonnie

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