The Journey's Focus

Don't Let "Well Done" on Your Tombstone Mean You Were Cremated!

from God's Little Devotional Book for Leaders, Copyright 1997

 

At age five, he wrote an advanced concerto for the harpsichord. Before he was ten, he had published several violin sonatas and was playing the best of Handel and Bach from memory. Soon after his twelfth birthday, he composed and conducted his first opera. He was awarded an honorary appointment as concert-master with the Salzburg Symphony Orchestra and within a few years, was hailed as the pride of Salzburg.

When he died at the age of thirty-five, he had written forty-eight symphonies, forty-seven arias, duets, and quartets with orchestral accompaniment, and more than a dozen operas. He is credited with some 600 original compositions in all.

Even so, Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Amadeus Theophilus Mozart lived most of his life in poverty and died in obscurity. His sick widow seemed indifferent about his death. A few friends made it to the church for his funeral, but a storm prohibited their going to the graveside for his burial. The location of his grave thus became virtually impossible to identify. No shrine marks his resting place.

What is Mozart's legacy? Not the life he lived, but the music he gave. As with all of us, what we give to the world of our talent and creativity is what lasts.


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