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Mozart's Nocturnal Habits Are Disproved by Historical Evidence

Damián H. Zanette
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 27 Number 1: Page 49 (March 2012)

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Abstract: In a recent Letter to the Editor, Grant and Pilz propose the hypothesis of a contribution of very low serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels to provoke Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's death. Mozart died on the 5th of December, 1791, aged 35, probably due to an infection which, very likely, had low vitamin D levels as an important risk factor. According to Grant and Pilz, the lack of vitamin D is to be attributed, in the case of Mozart's, to insufficient exposure to sunlight, because he "did much of his composing at night, so would have slept during much of the day." Historical evidence, however, disproves the nocturnal habits of the Austrian composer.

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