It was rumored a few years ago that Mozart had been put under rigorous scientific scrutiny. Someone started with Mozart's short life span and then began subtracting appropriate times to account for the things he was known to have done (e.g., sleep, eat, travel, rehearse, conduct, give concerts, etc.). That relatively simple mathematical exercise made it obvious that not enough time was left for Mozart merely to write down — without any kind of intellectual reflection or subsequent revision — the music (and we don't have it all) that he composed…even if a ridiculously small amount of time, like one second, were allotted for each note. Thus it was proved, much as in the famous example of bumblebees and aerodynamics, that Mozart was impossible.

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