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For the past two hundred years Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts death has been shrouded in mystery Some say his great rival Antonio Salieri or the Freemasons murdered him Others say he was simply exhausted And some believe he died from sickness It has been established that Mozart suffered from various illnesses which no doubt contributed to his death But some researchers have concluded that physical and mental exhaustion greatly affected Mozart and contributed to his early death These researchers claim that by cramming more work and play into one year than most people did in ten years Mozart literally burned himself out The constant strain on his body forced it to succumb to the plaguing illnesses that continuously nagged at Mozarts health and that he otherwise might have been able to withstand It has been said that Mozart had a peculiar mental and physical lifestyle and that he was a child who never grew up Physically he had childlike energy levels and worked at an incredibly exhausting pace The only way he knew to gain respect was to write music An early Mozart biographer Ignaz Arnold wrote No need for poison herehis powers were worn out his constitution destroyed He also wrote what straining of his imagination what constant wearing-down of his spirit what excitement of his brain fibers What continuous sapping of his vital life forces In a word his whole life wasthe consumption of life History shows us a host of great spirits who burned themselves out In this passage he is talking about the destruction of Mozarts creative energies He also wrote about Mozarts physical exhaustion six piano concertos one piano quintet one string quartet and two sonatas and two sets of variations for piano are listed as well as a few smaller compositions This enormous output was not the work of a composer writing in undisturbed peace and seclusion but of one whose schedule included teaching obligations as well as all
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