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Mozart’s Odd Letter to his Cousin: “Oh my ass burns like fire!”

Mozart c. 1780, detail from portrait by Johann Nepomuk della Croce

Mozart c. 1780, detail from portrait by Johann Nepomuk della Croce

So, Mozart was an odd fellow who had a penchant for poop jokes. Never mind the song he wrote, “Leck mich im Arsch” literally translated to “Lick my arse” (or more likely akin to the “Kiss my ass” saying in English).

Here’s a letter he wrote to his cousin, Maria Anna Thekla Mozart (Marianne). Marianne is assumed to have been Mozart’s love interest.

Taken from Mozart’s Letters, Mozart’s Life: Selected Letters via Letters of Note (emphases are my own):

Mannheim, 5 November, 1777

Dearest cozz buzz!

I have received reprieved your highly esteemed writing biting, and I have noted doted that my uncle garfuncle, my aunt slant, and you too, are all well mell. We, too, thank god, are in good fettle kettle. Today I got a letter setter from my Papa Haha safely into my paws claws. I hope you too have gotten rotten my note quote that I wrote to you from Mannheim.

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Who – Or What – Killed Mozart? 118 Theories

Mozart circa 1780, by Johann Nepomuk della Croce.

Mozart circa 1780, by Johann Nepomuk della Croce.

Daniel J. Wakin reviews the latest theories on the causes of death of our greatest musical composer, for the New York Times:

Direct medical evidence? None. Autopsy? Not performed. Medical records? Nowhere to be found. Corpse? Disappeared.

Yet according to a recent article in an academic journal, researchers have posited at least 118 causes of death for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

A modest industry of medical speculation has grown up around the subject, evidence of our fascination with what cut down great creative artists in history. In Mozart’s case published speculation began within a month of his death in 1791, and musicologists, physicians and medical scholars have regularly joined the fray ever since.

Dr. William J. Dawson, a retired orthopedic surgeon who is the bibliographer for the Performing Arts Medical Association, decided to organize the theories. He examined most of the 136 entries in the association’s database dedicated to Mozart’s death, a list by no means comprehensive.

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