Pope Benedict XVI (Photo: The Holy See)
Habemus Pianist: The Pope on Music
By DANIEL J. WAKIN [NY Times, 1 May 05]
Pope Benedict XVI is a pianist with a penchant for Mozart, which he is said to find more manageable than Brahms, given the limited amount of time he has to practice. (Until his election, he was one of the busiest cardinals in his role as chief interpreter and enforcer of doctrine.) His brother, a priest, was a church Kapellmeister. The Ratzinger boys were born in the part of Bavaria long under the influence of Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace.
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