180 Days With Mozart And Me

A Survey Of The Philips Complete Mozart Edition…From Symphonies Through Theatre And Ballet Music

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Of Short and Sweet (Piano Music, Box 9)

March 17th, 2010 · No Comments · Andante with 5 Variations in G for Piano Duet, Box 9: Piano Music, Ingrid Haebler, K357, K497, K501, K521, Ludwig Hoffmann, Mozart at 30, Mozart at 31, Sonata in C for Piano Duet, Sonata in F for Piano Duet, Sonata in G for Piano Duet, Vienna (1786), Vienna (August 1 1786), Vienna (May 29 1787), Vienna (November 11 1786)

Ahh, now this is more like it. These piano duets are truly amazing. Beautiful melodies. Stellar performances by Ingrid Haebler and Ludwig Hoffmann. This is the kind of music I can enjoy as background for writing or for active listening. I was captivated from the first movement (Adagio – Allegro di molto) of the first [...]

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Of Rare March Mornings and Reconstructed Mozart Music (Piano Music, Box 9)

March 16th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 9: Piano Music, deest, deest (definition), Fugue in C minor for 2 Pianos, Ingrid Haebler, Jörg Demus, K deest, K19d, K358, K381, K426, K448, Larghetto & Allegro in E flat for 2 Pianos, Ludwig Hoffmann, Mozart at 16, Mozart at 17, Mozart at 18, Mozart at 25, Mozart at 26, Mozart at 27, Panera Bread, Paul Badura-Skoda, Sonata in B flat for Piano Duet, Sonata in C for Piano Duet, Sonata in D for 2 Pianos, Sonata in D for Piano Duet

It’s hard to believe this weather. Once again, we have sunshine and temperatures near 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15.6 Celsius) predicted for today. That’s just about as rare as it gets for Michigan at this time of year. So here I am once more (the famous first line of a classic prog-rock album), sitting at Panera [...]

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Of Small Thoughts and Whole Lives (Piano Music, Box 9)

March 15th, 2010 · No Comments · Allegro in B flat, Allegro in C, Allegro in F, Allegro in G minor, Andante in C, Box 9: Piano Music, Capriccio in C, Fugue in G minor, Harpsichord, How small a thought it takes to fill a whole life!, K1/1e, K1a, K1b, K1c, K1d, K1f, K2, K3, K312, K33B, K394, K395, K399, K4, K400, K401, K408 No 1, K453a, K460, K5, K5a, K94, Kleiner Trauermarsch in C minor, Ludwig Wittgenstein, March in C, Marcia Davenport, Minuet in C, Minuet in D, Minuet in F, Minuet in G, Movement in F, Mozart at 10, Mozart at 13, Mozart at 14, Mozart at 21, Mozart at 26, Mozart at 27, Mozart at 28, Mozart at 34, Mozart at 35, Mozart at 5, Mozart at 6, Mozart at 8, Prelude & Fugue in C, Rabbit hole, Steve Reich, Strangeness of the Ordinary, Suite in C, Theme & 2 Variations in A, Tini Mathot, Ton Koopman, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

I’ve always wondered what music composed by a five year old sounds like. Now I know. Mozart was five when he composed some of the music on this CD. In other words, a few of the selections today start at K1. K1! All of the music on this CD was composed for and played by [...]

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Of X-Files and Unfinished Gigues (Piano Music, Box 9)

March 14th, 2010 · No Comments · Adagio in B minor, Box 9: Piano Music, Eine kleine Gigue in G, Fantasia in D minor, Gigue (definition), K355, K397, K485, K511, K540, K574, Minuet in D, Mitsuko Uchida, Mozart at 26, Mozart at 30, Mozart at 31, Mozart at 32, Mozart at 33, Mozart at 34, Mozart at 35, Rondo in A minor, Rondo in D major, Saddest Key of All, Veipzig (May 16 1789), Vienna (1789-91), Vienna (early 1782), Vienna (January 10 1786), Vienna (March 19 1788), Vienna (March 3 1787)

Pianist Mitsuko Uchida is back. And I don’t know if it’s a coincidence or if her playing is truly magical. But these compositions are gorgeous. I’m enjoying all of them. Most of these pieces were written in Vienna in the latter part of Mozart’s life (ages 26-35). One was written in Leipzig. All of them [...]

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Of Misty Mornings and Mostly Mozart (Piano Music, Box 9)

March 13th, 2010 · 6 Comments · 10 Variations in G, Allegretto in 12 Variations in B flat, B Schack, Bob Newhart Show, Box 9: Piano Music, CW Gluck, David Helfgott, Dick Van Dyke Show, Eight Variations in F, Ein Weib ist das herrlichste Ding, F Gerl, Ingrid Haebler, JP Duport, K455, K500, K573, K613, Mary Tyler Moore Show, Mozart at 28, Mozart at 30, Mozart at 33, Mozart at 35, Newhart, Nine Variations in D, Panera Bread, Potsdam, Potsdam (April 29 1789), Sarah Michelle Gellar, Shine, Unser dummer Pöbel meint, Vienna (August 25 1784), Vienna (March 1791), Vienna (September 12 1786), X-Files

On the way to get my favorite table at Panera Bread this damp, misty morning, I heard on the radio that people who don’t get seven or eight hours of sleep per night are considered “sleep deprived.” Seven or eight hours? Hell, I haven’t had that much sleep in years! Because I’m not tired at [...]

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Of Tasty Sandwiches and Twinkling Stars (Piano Music, Box 9)

March 12th, 2010 · No Comments · 12 Variations in C, 12 Variations in E flat, A.E. Grétry, A.L. Baudron, Ah vous dirai-je Maman, Antoine-Laurent Baudron, Box 9: Piano Music, Eight Variations in F, Giovanni Paisiello, Ingrid Haebler, K265, K352, K353, K354, K398, Mozart at 22, Mozart at 25, Mozart at 26, Panera Bread, Paris (1778), Six Variations in F, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Vienna (1781-2), Vienna (June 1781), Vienna (March 1782)

Imagine my surprise when the first song I listened to this morning was “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” And a whole lotta twinkling at that. Because it wasn’t just the one version of the world-famous nursery rhyme. It was 12. I didn’t know the tune had been around since Mozart’s time. So I let my fingers [...]

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Of Sunshine and Salieri (Piano Music, Box 9)

March 11th, 2010 · No Comments · 12 Variations in C, Amsterdam (February 1766), Box 9: Piano Music, Eight Variations in G, Friedrich Kerst, Ingrid Haebler, K179, K24, K25, K264, Mozart at 10, Mozart at 17, Mozart at 18, Mozart at 22, Mozart at 9, Mozart: the man and the artist revealed in his own words, Nine Variations in C, Paris (Summer 1778), Salieri, Salzburg (Summer 1774), Seven Variations in D, Six Variations in G, The Hague (January 1766), Vienna (Autumn 1773)

I can’t believe it’s supposed to get up to 60 degrees (F.) today. And be sunny! This is Michigan. In early March. We’re not supposed to see the sun for at least another two months. (That’s an exaggeration. But it feels that way when you live here.) Today’s selection of music is fascinating, not just [...]

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Of Soggy Days and Sonatas Disparate (Piano Music, Box 9)

March 10th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 9: Piano Music, für Anfänger - for beginners, International Music Score Library Project, K494, K533, K545, K570, K576, Mitsuko Uchida, Mozart at 31, Mozart at 32, Mozart at 33, Piano Sonata No 15, Piano Sonata No 16, Piano Sonata No 17, Piano Sonata No 18, Sonata facile, Vienna (February 1789), Vienna (January 3 1788), Vienna (July 1789), Vienna (June 26 1788)

It’s 43 degrees (F.) and rainy at the moment. I don’t mind either one. For this time of year, in Michigan, I’ll take temperatures above freezing and rain instead of snow, any day of the week. Besides, we need to wash away the Winter’s grime. Bring on the rain! The sun just broke through the [...]

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Of Familiar and Fantasia (Piano Music, Box 9)

March 9th, 2010 · 4 Comments · Box 9: Piano Music, Fantasia (definition), Fantasia in C minor, International Music Score Library Project, John Cage, K332, K333, K457, K475, Linz (1783), Mitsuko Uchida, Mozart at 27, Mozart at 28, Mozart at 29, Piano Sonata No 12, Piano Sonata No 13, Piano Sonata No 14, Progressive Rock, Salzburg (1783), Vienna (May 20 1785), Vienna (October 14 1784)

Today’s CD is chock-full of nuance, variations – both subtle and overt – in tempo, mood, and style. The music is perfect for casual listening, as well as active study. Plus, it contains a “fantasia,” which is always interesting – sort of like listening to a piano work by John Cage. One never knows what [...]

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Of Fast Shuffles and Favorite Songs (Piano Music, Box 9)

March 8th, 2010 · No Comments · Alla Turca, Box 9: Piano Music, Journey, K311, K330, K331, Mannheim (October - November 1777), Mitsuko Uchida, Mozart at 21, Mozart at 27, Piano Sonata No 10, Piano Sonata No 11, Piano Sonata No 9, Salzburg (1783), Sonata in A, Sonata in C, Sonata in D, Steve Perry

Even people only vaguely familiar with Mozart’s music will recognize Movement 3 (Alla turca, Allegretto) from Piano Sonata No. 11 in A, K.331 “Alla Turca”. Next to Eine kleine Nachtmusik there’s probably no more instantly-recognizable composition in the Mozart canon. I recognized it, even though I didn’t know what it was called. You should have [...]

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