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The Mozart problem by Alex Beam

I call this the Mozart problem, the presence of a market-clearing talent in one’s chosen profession. Mozart, of course, was the shutdown corner for the ages. Here’s what Billy Joel, no mean music man himself, told The New York Times a few months ago: “Mozart [ticks] me off because he’s like a naturally gifted athlete; you listen to Mozart and you go: ‘Of course. It all came easy to him . . . ’ Mozart was almost inhuman, unhuman.”

Mozart’s genius is a problem for us all. I’ve been known to smack the car radio when “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” — composed at age 31 — starts up. In a famous song praising the genius of Gustav Mahler and Walter Gropius, the 37-year-old Tom Lehrer quipped, “It’s a sobering thought that when Mozart was my age, he had been dead for two years.”


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