What classifies you as a musical genius

Benjamin Klein

5 つ 星 の う ち 5.0Time travel with Mozart

2013 年 3 月 7 日 に ド イ ツ で レ ビ ュ ー 済 み

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I like stories like that: a person finds himself in another time through unexplained circumstances. Usually there is no longer a great plot to knit, the absurd and mostly funny situations arise by themselves when times collide. That time travel offers a lot of space for bizarre or exciting moments has not only been known since going back to the future. A popular example of such a story at the moment would be He's Back, which brings the old parting back to life. Mr. Mozart wakes up but is older and seems to have served a little as an inspiration, even if the humor is used a little more discreetly here.

As the title suggests, it is the millennial musician Wolfgang Amadeus (the spelling would resent the character of the novel) Mozart who wakes up here in Vienna today and finds himself talking about horse-drawn carriages, worms riding on rails, strange apparatuses with which one can wander over distances Can communicate distance and most amazes about the skirt length of women.

However, after finding his way around a little with the help of a Polish violinist, the genius realizes that a person who has dedicated his existence solely to art will not have it any easier 200 years in the future. Relationship boxes haven't gotten any easier either, and there is still no free beer. And why is everyone talking so strangely?

While I found the first two-thirds of the book to be very amusing and fluffy to read, the story then flattens out a bit and no longer offers any highlights worth mentioning. Mozart is a master at wasting opportunities, and sometimes you want to imitate your buddy Piotr and give him a good shake.

I also found it a shame that the author does not confront Mozart with current music very much, the most exotic thing he is served is jazz, which is not that far removed from classical music in terms of its standards.

I would have found it interesting how Wolfgang reacts to Metal, Schlager, Techno or Rap. Our best friend the flicker box is hardly mentioned either, although this could have led to a few entertaining moments with casting garbage, singing Big Brother hollow pears and ringtone advertising. The focus here is more on Mozart's ecstatic love for women and of course music. Towards the end, the book becomes a little gloomy and almost completely loses its cheerful tone, which is by all means intended.

But that was it in terms of criticism, the book is written loosely, the characters are lovingly worked out without having to scroll through pages of background history and I could well imagine good Mr. Mozart as he is laid out here.

Conclusion: a nice book, entertaining, funny and well written. I can recommend it. Even though I have included some criticism, I would find it unfair to give this beautiful book less than five stars.