"Mozart was a bad composer who died too late rather than too early."
Um... excuse me? Should you really be saying something like that right after his 250th birthday...?
Well, yes... because today I'm declaring open season on Mozart.
It was legendary pianist Glenn Gould who made that surprisingly blasphemous proclamation, and I think it's a subversive delight to behold amid all the hype and marketing surrounding Mozart's 250th this year. If you look hard enough, you can even find a few other Mozart detractors out there...
No less a talent than renowned opera diva Maria Callas once stated, with refreshing bluntness, that "most of Mozart's music is dull."
British composer Frederick Delius is said to have remarked, "If a man tells me he likes Mozart, I know in advance that he is a bad musician."
Esteemed music journalist Norman Lebrecht spewed forth a particularly bitter anti-Mozart tirade not long ago titled Too Much Mozart Makes You Sick.
New Yorker music critic Alex Ross provocatively suggested celebrating Mozart by ignoring Mozart on his 250th birthday.
But nobody can top good ol' Glenn Gould when it comes to anti-Mozart quotations: he also memorably (and rather accurately) described Mozart's 40th symphony as "eight remarkable measures ... surrounded by a half-hour of banality."
Otherwise, all kinds of brilliant and intelligent people have predictably said reverent and worshipful things about Wolfgang over the years, and paying tribute to the boy genius and/or prodigy on his big day was a mandatory ritual for music lovers everywhere.
Some people apparently listened to Mozart on the radio for 11 hours straight on January 27: the holy day of His birth. If that wasn't enough of an Amadeus fix, you could switch over to BBC Radio 3 for 24 hours of continuous Mozart, or NPR where they boasted about their "BIRTHDAY GIFT TO MOZART ON HIS 250TH: MORE THAN 60 HOURS OF PROGRAMMING."