Research, exploration, interpretation and all that, is very well in its way, but really a little commun sense is sometimes quite as becoming.
Thanks for that. Yes, I agree. That the father of Mozart (Leopold) and his sister had a hand in many, many early works of Wolfgang is a fact so clearly established that nothing further needs to be said of it. Common sense (which you admire) suggests we can move on from such facts to find others. We find (as it happens) that Mozart, credited in Italy with writing from memory a sacred mass at Rome, actually did no such thing, and had access to the piece in Vienna long before he and his father set out for that city. We find, in fact, that Mozart's sister was as highly praised as Mozart himself for her keyboard skills and even for her ability as a composer while they were on their European tours. But if all of these things (and I could mention dozens of specific cases) do not persuade you that his reputation as a child and young man was hugely 'massaged' then, I confess, we have lost sight of the common sense which you floated in your last letter.
We have many, many evidences from Vienna that the same W.A. Mozart was not the composer of an opera that he claimed to have written, that the musical community of Vienna all believed the same. And we have clear evidence from Mozart's last decade in Vienna of works being blatantly published in his name which he never actually wrote. A scale, in fact, which has hardly yet been appreciated.
Well, you can believe as you please. The only question is whether you are using your critical reasoning in such a case if, as it happens, this fakery and downright deception can be shown at each and every stage of Mozart's career. Surely, surely, we arrive at absurdity if we do not conclude that there is a major problem here.
Which composer do you know that has had more than twice the number of, say, symphonies than he has today ? And if you can agree with this ask the same question.
I am convinced that common sense becomes rare whenever we come close to the phenomenon that is Mozart. The idea that this man emerged virtually without schooling is not simply false, it's downright harmful.
But let's leave aside the question of Mozart's mature works (if you like). You can even ignore KV444 if you like - though you see what 'expertise' has done in that case.
I again repeat that if you or any other person was to submit those questions on it to a Mozart Forum you could judge for yourself where common sense is and where it is not.
I too love the music that is today attributed to Mozart. I always will. But common sense tells me that truth will prevail. That is good enough for me.