Mozart - Describing how he receives his inspiration
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Mozart's Symphonies were revealed to him in the perfect harmony of the eternal 'now'. The following passage is from Holmes' Life and Correspondence of Mozart:
'"When and how my ideas come I know not, nor can I force them.
Those that please me I retain in my memory and am accustomed, as I have been told, to hum them to myself. . . . All this fires my soul, and provided I am not disturbed my subject enlarges itself becomes methodised and defined, and the whole, though it be long, stands almost complete and finished in my mind, so that I can survey it like a fine picture or a beautiful statue, at a glance.
Nor do I hear in my imagination the parts successively, but I hear them as it were all at once. What a delight this is I cannot express. All this inventing, this producing, takes place in a pleasing lively dream. But the actual hearing of the whole together is after all the best.
And this is perhaps the best gift I have my divine Master to thank for.'