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Did Mozart die from a lack of sunlight

Identikit of 21-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart created in one of the police stations in Germany in 1991 on the basis of four portraits of the great composer made ​​during his lifetime

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Identikit of 21-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart created in one of the police stations in Germany in 1991 on the basis of four portraits of the great composer made ​​during his lifetime

Tchaikovsky stated – “It is my deep conviction that Mozart is the highest, the culminating point to which beauty is reachable in music”. Researches still try to find out the reasons of his death. Did Mozart die from a lack of sunlight? A new theory explaining the death of the famous composer Mozart suggests that a lack of sunlight, and resulting vitamin D deficiency, could have contributed to his death. If Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had spent a few minutes basking in the sun, it might have forestalled his untimely death, researchers are saying.

Anonymous portrait of the child Mozart, possibly by Pietro Antonio Lorenzoni; painted in 1763 on commission from Leopold Mozart

Anonymous portrait of the child Mozart, possibly by Pietro Antonio Lorenzoni; painted in 1763 on commission from Leopold Mozart

The sun would have upped the young composer’s levels of vitamin D, an important vitamin in fighting off disease. Our bodies make vitamin D from ultraviolet B (UVB) light from the sun, though it also is found in fish and a few other foods. (Two hundred years after Mozart’s time, it is also available in pill form.)

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

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

Sunless nightsю D. William Grant, of the Sunlight, Nutrition and Health Research Center in San Francisco, and Stefan Pilz of the Medical University of Graz in Austria suggest that these low levels of ultraviolet B rays during the winter, along with Mozart’s nocturnal habits (he often wrote through the night and slept through the day), could have made him vitamin D-deficient.

Portrait of Mozart by his brother-in-law Joseph Lange

Portrait of Mozart by his brother-in-law Joseph Lange

“Mozart did much of his composing at night, so would have slept during much of the day. At the latitude of Vienna, 48 degrees N, it is impossible to make vitamin D from solar ultraviolet-B irradiance for about 6 months of the year,” the authors write. “Mozart died on December 5, 1791, two to three months into the vitamin D winter.”

Posthumous painting by Barbara Krafft in 1819

Posthumous painting by Barbara Krafft in 1819

Mozart had been sickly for years. This deficiency could have led to an increased number of infections, especially a few months into winter. (Vitamin D lasts 4 to 6 weeks in the human body). The writers hypothesize that the day Mozart died at age 35 was two to three months into the “vitamin D winter,” when ultraviolet B rays are lowest.

Did Mozart die from a lack of sunlight

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Did Mozart die from a lack of sunlight

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Did Mozart die from a lack of sunlight

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart signature

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart signature

Did Mozart die from a lack of sunlight

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Did Mozart die from a lack of sunlight

Austria, Vienna, St. Marx Cemetery, The gravestone of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The suddenness of the death of Mozart, whose health was probably undermined by prolonged overvoltage creative forces and the difficult conditions of life in recent years, the mysterious circumstances of the order of the Requiem, burial in a common grave – all this gave rise to the spread of the legends about the poisoning of Mozart, which did not receive any confirmation.

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