Just because it’s been done before, doesn’t mean you can’t do it better.
With a perfect ear for music, Mozart heard Gregorio Allegris Miserere at the Sistine Chapel and re-created the performance from memory. This composition had never been recreated outside the Vatican before Mozart wrote the score.
The lesson: Be aware of what others have accomplished before you. Also, feel free to show off when you deserve to.
Don’t give up.
Throughout his life, Mozart wrote music for choirs, operas, concertos, quartets, symphonies, oratorios, and chamber performances. By the time he died on December 5, 1791, Mozart had written more than 600 compositions. About 150 are incomplete.
The lesson: Even for masters, creativity isn’t easy all the time. If a project isn’t working out, take a break to focus on something different, like connecting with family, or egging Salieri’s manor.