Why do we care what Mozart looked like?

“Knowing what Mozart looked like tells us nothing of value about the only reason why he matters to us today, which is his music. The G Minor Symphony would be every bit as profound if Mozart had been bald, cross-eyed or six feet tall, or if he had died at 75 instead of 35.”

Terry Teachout tackles our biography-obsessed instincts.

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~ by ohactually on April 13, 2008.

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